Category: My Progress

Back to the basics

When I began my journey in September, I decided I would weigh-in once a week and I was not tracking calories at the time, I was just eating leaner. I didn’t skip tracking because I didn’t want to, I simply didn’t know to. However, I was losing, and I was losing quickly. Since then though, I’ve began tracking, and then I’ve began weighing in more than once a week… even more than once a day! I’ve noticed I haven’t been dropping as fast since then though. Now, I understand, as I lose, it gets harder TO lose simply because I don’t need as many calories to push around less and less (and less) weight than I used to push around. BUT, I’ve began to wonder if my slow(er) loss is not also a mental game. A couple of weeks ago, I went on a 5 day trip where I did not have a scale, so I was “flying blind”. I was absolutely sure I had gained weight on the trip. I got home and stepped on the scale… I had lost 7 pounds!! What?! Again, I know there were factors which led to this. But, I (think) seeing the ups and downs of daily (multiple times) effected my food intake. I would come back from a run sometimes and see I had lost 2 pounds, or so, and think “YAY! I can eat… the kitchen!!”, when really that was mostly all water weight. So, I have decided to put the scale up and only weigh-in once a week again and see if that makes any difference. I don’t know that I would ever go back to not logging, simply because I like to know where I stand. But again, when I didn’t log, I tended to eat more conservatively, because I didn’t know where I stood. And, now that I do log, even though I may be full some days, I will see a caloric deficit and think “I guess that means I can (and need to) eat more.” When, in reality, if I’m satiated, I should be OK with the slight extra deficit.

My Progress (start 302.3)

Wow, where to begin. I wish I would have started this 21 weeks ago when I first started my journey. (take that as a hint, if you’re starting your journey). But I didn’t so, let’s try to play catch-up over the last 20 weeks. Well, to begin, we’ll play 39 year catch up… I was born —> fast forward —> I weigh 302 pounds and am in a bad spot with my health. Then, towards the end of 2016, my family took a trip to Disney – which I was somewhat dreading personally due to my weight. During the trip, I was posting pictures to social media, as people do, and an aunt reached out to me by text asking how she could help with my journey.

To be honest, at first I was a little taken back – What in the world, I’m trying to enjoy a trip with my family and you’re texting about my weight?! But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized the text was sent with 100% love and support. And, she was one of the first to actually ask how she can help. Sure, many comment and many are supportive, but she asked how she can roll up her sleeves and help.  I had planned on using Disney as my “final splurge” and to kick off a diet when I got home anyway, so she was really helping me reinforce that. And let me tell you, she has been an absolute Godsend during my journey. Not only has she helped, but I also have a friend I chat with daily about our WL journeys.  To that I will add, FIND A FRIEND! If at all possible, find someone who will be dedicated with you that you can keep each other accountable.

So, that was how my journey began on Sept 12th, 2016. From there, I took pointers from my aunt on how to stay away from carbs and sugar and how to focus on protein to get me lean. Now, I’m hoping to use some of these tips to help others. As of this posting, 21 weeks into my journey, I weighed in this morning at 234.2 – down 67 pounds (or so) and, let me tell you, it feels GREAT! And, I’m only/already half way to my goal weight.

I’ll be updating this blog stream with my weekly weigh-ins.

High: 302.3 Aug-15-16

Begin: 297 Sep-12-16
Week 01: 289 (-8.0)
Week 02: 282.2 (-6.8)
Week 03: 280.4 (-1.8)
Week 04: 276.2 (-4.2)
Week 05: 275.7 (-0.5)
Week 06: 272.9 (-2.8)
Week 07: 269.2 (-3.7)
Week 08: 263.3 (-5.9)
Week 09: 262.1 (-1.2)
Week 10: 256.8 (-5.3)
Week 11: 256.3 (-0.5)
Week 12: 250.2 (-6.1)
Week 13: 254.0 (+3.8) It happens
Week 14: 248.3 (-5.7) Back on track
Week 15: 246.6 (-1.7)
Week 16: 242.3 (-4.3)
Week 17: 242.7 (+0.4)
Week 18: 241.3 (-1.4)
Week 19: 236.6 (-4.7)
Week 20: 236.1 (-0.5)
Week 21: 234.1 (-2.0)
Week 22: 232.4 (-1.7)
Week 23: 231.9 (-0.5)
Week 24: 226.5 (-5.4)
Week 25: 225.1 (-1.4)
Week 26: 222.2 (-2.9)
Week 27: 224.9 (+2.7) Ugh – I started really hitting the treadmill and lifting this week.
Week 28: 223.8 (-1.1) Hit 109,000 steps on FitBit!
Week 29: 216.4 (-7.4) And, another 100K step week!
Week 30: 215.5 (-0.9)
Week 31: 215.4 (-0.1) Considering my Easter lunch, I’ll take it!
Week 32: 215.3 (-0.1) Ugh. I guess down is down though.
Week 33: 213.4 (-1.9)
Week 34: 209.5 (-3.9)
Week 35: 209.2 (-0.3)
Week 36: 207.9 (-1.3)
Week 37: 204.4 (-3.5) Getting back to running after a couple week down with an injury.
Week 38: 204.0 (-.4)
Week 39: 202.4 (-1.6)
Week 40: 201.1 (-1.3)
Week 41: 197.8 (-3.3) ONEDERLAND!
Week 42: 196.1 (-1.7) Down 100 lbs since I started on 9/12/16!
Week 43: 195.7 (-0.4)
Week 44: 194.4 (-1.3)