I was going to put together a fancy Excel chart to show my progress lines over the past month, but decided that I actually have better stuff to be doing (like work!) and so I’m just going to summarize. I’ve been measuring weight loss and circumference measurements (bust, waist, hips) since a bit after I started my weight loss push back on February 1st. I’ve seen great results since then, but upon examining the last 28 days more closely, I see that I have mixed reviews for myself.
Where I’m At
I’m not trying to be overly critical of myself. I mean, pounds lost are pounds lost. Inches lost are inches lost. Nonetheless, as a writer with a degree in biology, I can’t help but try to extrapolate a pattern from the data I’ve collected.
I experienced one week of gastroenteritis during the past month, but the only “okay” weight loss of 6.2 lbs. in the past four weeks is truly due to me being too carefree with my eating and drinking habits on the weekend. I love the weekend! I live for it! Look at 3/11 to 3/15, for example. I was 189.6 on Friday but made zero progress over the weekend. In fact, I gained a pound! Why is that!? I know exactly why. I drank more alcohol than I should have and made poorer food choices than I set out to. I even woke up on Sunday morning pleasantly surprised that I didn’t have a hangover. On Friday, I wouldn’t have guessed that that’s how I would start my day only two days later.
Unfortunately, I still associate having a good time with eating less healthy foods. It’s going to take a little time for me to move past that.
The good news is that I still made progress. I am grateful that I don’t weigh more than I did a month ago! I’m glad that I’m closer to being a standard size 12 again. I’m glad that my arms look a bit better sleeveless. I’m glad that my size 14s are feeling looser.
Where I Want To Be
I’m participating in a Diet Bet which will have me weigh in between 3/25-3/26. I still have four pounds to lose between now and then to win it. I accept that I may not meet that goal, but I also know that it’s possible. The only way that it’s possible, however, is if I skip alcohol completely between now and then. I’ll also have to be more stringent in watching my calorie counts and protein grams. We’ll see what I can do.
I guess that it had to happen. Again. I slipped up big time this past weekend in both exercise and eating habits. Gahhhhh!
It started last weekend. I got a very serious stomach bug, went to the doctor, basically didn’t do a ton of exercise all week from feeling awful. I know that it’s probably not my fault that I got so sick. I mean, I may not have washed my hands thoroughly enough, so it might have been.
Note to everyone: Wash your hands thoroughly when handling chicken!
Being set back again and by a whole week is nonetheless disappointing, no matter whose fault that stomach bug was. All that I can do is be thankful that I am finally at the end of my tummy woes and can get back into the swing of things.
Literally! I am excited to start incorporating kettlebell circuits back into my exercise routine. Also, my husband and I are shopping for good prices on barbells and plate weights, which is also exciting. We don’t have a ton of room in our apartment, but we can do bear complexes with a 5′ bar, at the very least. That’s something to be excited about! Obviously, if we can do bear complexes, we can do clean and jerks, military presses… The list goes on! I can do hip thrusters with the bar lightly loaded until we get 45 lb. plates (probably not for a couple of months – them things are expensive!). Yay!
Anyway, yeah I had a bad week — I might not win the Diet Bet that I’m in, depending on whether or not this sodium weight falls off; my stamina is probably a bit less than it was before I got sick. Still, there is a lot to be thankful for.
I am so grateful for my current level of motivation. I worry a bit that I’ll slip up, though. I’ve lost weight fairly quickly since my husband and I started our new health push in prep for our upcoming Thailand trip (that’s happening on day 83!) and that’s been a great motivator to keep at it. On February 1st I was at a lifetime high weight of 205.3 pounds. I hated how that felt, so I’m more than thrilled to have dipped below the 200 line and into “onederland.”
I know my body, though. There will come a point in a couple of weeks where it’s going to fight me. My body will get all stubborn like a mule and try to hold on to every pound. That’s just how it goes with me!
So, the trick is to mentally prepare myself before that point. I need to recognize that 1) I’m only human 2) I don’t have to let my occasional slip ups snowball into a 5 pound gain 3) every roadblock can be overcome.
I just lost two pounds since my official weigh in. Yay! This is no time to slack, though. For one thing, I’ve still got six more pounds to lose to meet my goal for DietBet games I’m participating in. For another… I just got started in this process of making healthy choices a habit, and you know what they say about forming habits.
Well, they say that it takes 66 days. OUCH! You mean that I have to continuously make good food choices, push myself through sweat sessions and avoid alcohol for 66 days!?! The me from a week ago would have lost my dang mind.
I just have to remember to take one day at a time. Yesterday, I said that I was going to do a 3-mile hike. I did.
Today, I said that I was going to do an hour of cardio dance workout. I did.
My husband and I met at a concert in Portland, Oregon. It was fate. It was khismet. It was destiny.It was whatever you want to call it, really.
The story of us meeting is a good one. It could be the beginning of a great romantic comedy, actually. I’m not going to tell you that story, yet. The story I will tell is the story of our wonderfully comfortable relationship together that lead to him gaining 100 lbs. and myself gaining 55 lbs. It’s been almost seven years of love together. And about 6-1/2 years of allowing our mutual love of indulgence getting the better of us.
In all of that time, we’ve never gone on a big trip together. In 83 days, we will be getting on a plane to Thailand, taking a much delayed honeymoon. Neither of us want to leave LAX at our current weights. It’s not realistic to lose all of the weight in 83 days, however. What we can do is make a strong start toward losing all of it.
That’s why I’m participating in DietBet, and also am at the forum 3 Fat Chicks. I have a lot of motivation, but need all of the support and reminders that I can get. I’m not just responsible for my own weight loss. I’m currently playing the role of housewife, and have put myself in charge of the nutrition for both myself and my husband.
My goal for the 83 days is ambitious. I plan to personally lose 36 pounds between now and then. I am currently at 200.8 and want to be at 164.8 or less when I step onto that plane. I hope that my husband, who is currently 323 can be at less than 300. If he can also be 36 pounds down, I know he’d be very happy with his progress.
I’m not going to use any weird supplements or weight loss shakes. I’m not going to starve myself or use diuretics or anything else gross and weird. I’m going to work hard, feed my husband and myself nutritious meals, and will stay focused. I will go from being OBESE to merely “overweight.” And I’ll improve from there.