Weekly Weigh-in (2013-11-10)

Weigh-in – 304.4 PoundsI’m on the road again on my journey to getting fit by fifty. Certainly a 1 pound loss is nothing to get excited about, but the key thing for me is that I’m once again documenting my journey, and I know from experience that if I can keep that going then this weigh-in will be the first of many losses. Getting started is one thing though, and sustaining it is quite another.

There isn’t much I did this week to deserve a loss, so let’s recap a few things:

  • Did pretty well most mornings with protein laden rocket fuel breakfasts like 3-egg omelets with cheese and a side of avocado.
  • Did pretty well throughout most of the days with reasonable lunches and minimal snacking.
  • Did 30 minutes on the eliptical one day.

Not much on the positive side of the ledger. Negatives?

  • Overate at many dinners and then snacked into the nights after.
  • Didn’t drink much water.
  • Didn’t do any walking.

Clearly, this is not a long-term formula for losing weight. I’m going to try very hard this week to make a push to lose at least 3 pounds. My plan for doing so? I plan to get up early every day and start the day with a 4 mile walk with my dog. With winter approaching Minnesota this can get a little chilly but it is always an invigorating start to the day. I’m also going to try to add some strength training and more elypitical, plus focus on drinking lots of water. I should be able to maintain solid breakfasts, and I’m going to focus on smaller portion sizes at dinner and no nightime snacking.

If I am able to pull all of this off I think a 3 pound loss is very doable. Hopefully I’ll be able to be honest with myself (and my readers) if I have the inevtiable slip-up.

On the road again, and I feel fine.

Weekly Weigh-in (2013-03-17)

Weigh-in – 290.6 PoundsI managed to log my 11th consecutive week of losing weight this weigh-in despite being on vacation for a week in beautiful Oahu, Hawaii. Now I’m not that proud of a .1 pound loss, especially considering it was really a .2 pound loss over two weeks, which is just not a number I can average if I expect to lose the pounds I need to lose. Still, a loss is a loss and I’ll take it! (side note – full disclosure, when I first weighed myself I was about a half pound heavier, which would have meant a gain for each of the last two weeks. Unacceptable! So I did “game” the system a bit in that I didn’t eat for a couple of hours before I weighed myself again.)

According to my weight tracker where I log my weigh-ins this means that I’ve lost less than a pound in 4 of the last 5 weeks. Again, no way to lose a hundred pounds or so, I’ve really got to pick it up. The good news is that I am on the cusp of a nice milestone for me in getting into the 280s for the first time in a few years. And I would like to bust through it and not just inch my way in so instead of the goal for the week being 289.9 pounds (a loss of .7 pounds) I am going to shoot for 288.9 pounds. This would mean the 3rd biggest weekly loss since I started, so it’s certainly doable.

islandsHawaii was great. How did I manage to not gain a bunch of weight? A little exercise like walking (walking on the sandy beaches is tough slogging!), snorkeling and climbing up Diamond Head. Didn’t eat too much, protein for breakfast and usually a meal that was a salad or fresh fish. I did partake in a bunch of shared desserts though.

How am I going to book a loss for next week’s weigh-in? I’ve got to continue with the good habits I have been doing like drinking a lot of water, bringing vegetables to work for snacks and taking the stairs instead of the elevator at work. But I’m going to have to back that up by eating better at night and adding some real exercise like the elliptical.

Looking forward to seeing the 280s!

Weekly Weigh-in (2013-02-010)

Weigh-in – 293.8 PoundsSomehow, magically, the weight just fell off this week with a loss of 2.4 pounds – a total of 13.6 pounds down since the start of the year.  I wish I could claim a ton of hard work, but I didn’t do much differently this week other than take the stairs at work most every day, and be sick since about Wednesday.

Ah yes, being sick probably did it. I started feeling my nose run on Wednesday and by Friday I was in a bad way.  The last couple of days of been sitting on the coach not doing much.  But also not eating much other than soup, so I would have to say that when I get better (hopefully soon!) it’s gonna be hard to keep a little bit of that weight from coming back.  This week marked the 6th straight week with a loss but I may be hard pressed to keep that going once I get back on my feet.

My plan for the week went well, I did take the stairs every day other than Friday when I really didn’t feel well, I had protein for breakfast every day, had good vegetable snacks and didn’t eat late at night.  My plan is for more of the same this week.

Hope you are all staying the course!


Weekly Weigh-in (2013-02-03)

Weigh-in – 296.2 PoundsI’m pleased to report another solid weigh-in with a loss of 1.6 pounds for the week, a total of 11.2 pounds lost since the start of the year.  As you can see by my weight loss progress this week’s weigh-in shows the biggest loss since the first week.

I’ve been done this path many times and I know how easy these first pounds really are – and how much harder it will soon get.  But as long as I stay focused and continue to challenge myself I should be able to stay on this path to a new, healthier me.

So what am I going to do this week to stay on the side of good and lock in another loss for the week at the weigh-in next week?  Here are some of what I have planned:

  • As I mentioned before, I have started to take the stairs at work.  I plan to do that every day this week, and I’ll be in this office for 4 days.  Assuming I go out to lunch each day, which I am planning to do, then by my estimates I will navigate 112 flights of stairs for the week (32 at the parking garage and 80 at the office).  (UPDATE – my match was bad, since I live in America and the ground floor is 1, I’m only going up four flights of stairs to get to the fifth floor.  So 96 flights of stairs for the week!)  So Glad I don’t need to do that all at once!
  • Protein for breakfast every day.  Vegetable snacks to work every day.  So far my problems have not been breakfast, snacks or lunch.  It’s been dinner and snacking at home after work.  But I can’t lose sight of what I am doing well at either, so need to stay focused on a good start to the day.
  • I did 30 minutes on the elliptical this morning, I’d like to do that another few times this week.  Also some free weights.
  • Stay focused at night.  I’m going to start by not eating after 9:00pm.  How hard can that be?

I am feeling good about the week behind me and am already anticipating a good week to come.  How was your weigh-in?  Link to your results in the comments!

Stay strong.