The Weekly Weigh-In: Back On Track … Almost

Last week my weigh-in got way off track.  I’m happy to say that this week I got back on track … almost.

My goal weight for this week was 208 pounds.  I weighed in this morning at 209.2 pounds.  I’m active in my children’s Sunday school, so I didn’t have much time to waste this morning, but I got a little crazy trying to get that down to the high 208s.  I held off on breakfast as long as I could.  I even did our stairs for five minutes trying to work it down.  Pardon my bluntness, but I knew the only hope I had of losing those extra ounces would come from using the bathroom, and guess what?  I didn’t need to go.

So, I stopped acting like a fool, ate breakfast, drank my coffee, and headed out to church with the family.  I wanted to be able to tell you that I got back on track so badly.  I wanted to be able to report that I made it to 208 after getting so off course last week.

Ironically, the message at Sunday school today revolved around finding joy in disappointment and being content even in the face of adversity.

With that said, I’m going to look on the bright side.  I’ll keep trying to hit 208 early in the week, and, hopefully, when next we speak, I’ll be at 207 pounds.  I’m only just over 3 pounds away from my goal of reaching 205 pounds by the end of the month.  I can do this.

Wish me luck!

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The Weekly Weigh-In: A Step Back

It was bound to happen.

During this weekly weight loss journey, I kept managing to come in under the target weight for that particular increment of time.  I realized that such a thing wasn’t likely to last, especially as I had less weight to lose with each passing week.  After all, the most rapid weight loss occurs in the early stages of the process.  I’ve been preparing myself for the unavoidable misstep.

Well, I can’t say it’s a surprise that the misstep finally occurred.  Nonetheless, it’s still a disappointment to miss my target this week.

My goal was to weigh in at 209 this weekend.  You’ll remember that this was my weight last week, so I kind of took it for granted that I’d be able to maintain that number.

Friday morning I didn’t make it, so I thought I’d put it off until Saturday.  I didn’t make it on Saturday, either, so I thought I’d get it on Sunday.  Sunday is still the weekend, right?  This morning, I came in at 211.0.  I realize that’s just a pound over the back end of 209, but I’m still upset with myself about it.

Though I’m a little angry with myself, I have to stay positive.  I’ve known this was going to happen at some point, so there’s no point in wallowing in self-pity.  I need to assess my consumption during the last week and figure out if the slight weight gain is due to anything within my control.

The answer is: yes.

I overindulged in a few things this last week.  We ate out several times, and though I tried to avoid the fries and soft drinks, I did partake in too many nacho chips with melted cheese.  I also had a few brownies throughout the week, as well as a few drinks while out with friends on different occasions.  This doesn’t sound like much, but where I am concerned, every calorie counts.  I do not need many calories to function well, and my body lets me know when I’ve taken in too many, as is apparent this week.

Thank goodness the warm weather is finally acting like it might arrive.  Getting outside with my kids will surely result in more calories burned, and I find it easier to eat well in warmer weather.  My desire for comfort food lessens when it’s hot out.

My goal for next weekend is 208 pounds.  I’m going to stay positive and focus on getting back on track by increasing my basic exercise during the next several days and resisting those little delights that can add up.  Wish me luck!

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The Weekly Weigh-In: Holding Steady and Keeping Watch

My goal weight for this week was 210 pounds.

You may remember that last week my goal was 211 pounds, yet I somehow managed to come in at 209 pounds.  This was very good news because, up until the holidays, I held firm at 208 pounds.  Several weeks ago I noticed that my weight was creeping closer and closer to 220 pounds, and that simply could not be allowed to happen.  Though 208 pounds wasn’t ideal compared to the weight loss I enjoyed about four years ago that took me down to 195 pounds, I felt satisfied with that number as it didn’t take too much effort to maintain.

Well, those days are over.  When I initially dropped below 200 pounds, I told myself I’d never cross that 200 mark again.  Unfortunately, that only lasted a few months.

The problem is that staying under 200 pounds took a lot of effort.  I remained vigilant about every single thing I ate and drank when under that threshold.  Maintaining 208 pounds didn’t require much effort at all and I could be far more lax about my intake.

However, I liked being under 200 pounds.  I felt healthier, looked better, and enjoyed more confidence.  While I’m trying to reach 205 pounds by the end of March, I hope to ultimately attain 195 pounds again by summer.

You may recall that I’ve been regularly coming in at 2 pounds under the goal weight every week since I began this endeavor.  By that rationale, even though my goal weight for this week was 210 pounds, I thought I could perhaps hit 208 pounds.

Well, the good news is that I came in under 210 pounds, but I did not reach 208.  I held steady at 209 pounds.

Consequently, I experienced a mental challenge this morning when I saw that 209.  It was something like 209.4 pounds–not that far off from 208.  For a moment, I considered skipping breakfast and weighing myself an hour or two later.  This would give me a chance to <ahem!> go to the bathroom and also to move around and burn off some calories.  I know if I had done that I probably would have reached the top end of 208.  However, that’s a dangerous precedent and one that can turn sour quickly.  I won’t let myself get so obsessed with weight loss that I start skipping meals.

I’ve been saying from the start that a pound a week is my objective, and most agree that this is the best method to practice.  Even though it’s been going better than expected, I’ve often said that staying realistic and mentally positive is vital to this journey.  As I keep losing weight, it’s going to get harder and harder, and I’ll need to accept that and keep my chin  up.

This week is probably the beginning of that more difficult stage.

I’ve noticed that I am not as careful with my eating on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, and then I start getting more serious on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday because I know that weigh-in is looming.

But, now that I think I’ve entered a more challenging area, I’ll have to increase my consumption awareness throughout the entire week.  It’s time to keep a more careful watch.

I hope your venture is also going well.  Feel free to let me know in the comment section how you’re doing!

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The Weekly Weigh-In: Made It To the Single Digits!

I’ll be honest: this was a tough week for eating well.  My wife and I went on a date to see The Favourite last Saturday.  Afterwards, we visited my favorite local Mexican restaurant Hacienda Leon and–there’s no other way to say this–I gorged myself on chips and salsa.  I know chips and salsa isn’t terribly fattening in and of itself, but when the main course arrives and one isn’t even hungry anymore … that could be a sign.

I also sampled a few more of my wife’s Valentine’s candy.  Just a piece a night for a few nights, but those empty calories add up.  Again, a treat every once in a while isn’t a big deal, but I knew I got the week off to a rough start and then indulged in candy, too … My willpower struggled.

However, with my public weight-loss journey and the next weigh-in looming, I cleaned up my act.  I had a salad for dinner a few nights later in the week.  Truthfully, though, I didn’t think it would be enough.

This week I hoped to hit my scheduled target of 211 pounds.  I weighed in at 212 or 213 pounds for most of the week, so I really did not think it was going to happen.  In fact, I spent the latter part of the week composing this article in my head.  I figured I would talk about how setbacks are only natural in this process and that I can’t let them have an adverse impact upon my mental well being.  I decided I would write about how the weight loss will eventually even out and the pounds will stop falling off at such a rapid pace.

I know that article will one day have to be written when there just isn’t as much weight to lose, but–I’m pleased to say–it won’t be this week.

This morning I left the double digits and came in at 209 pounds.

I weigh myself every night and every morning.  I weighed 212 pounds before I went to bed, so I felt confident I would wake up at my goal of 211 pounds, maybe even get lucky and hit 210 pounds.  I did not expect to be as low as 209 pounds.

So what happened?

I’m going to be very honest with you.

Maybe too honest.

This was a very stressful work week.  My body seemed a little … bound up all week, if you catch my meaning.  This morning I slept in and woke up feeling refreshed and … relaxed.  My body seemed to uncoil a bit, which allowed everything to loosen up.

Consequently, even with the big dinner last Saturday night and the Valentine’s chocolates, I maintained my new habit of healthy cereal for breakfast and oatmeal as an afternoon snack.  I think choosing these sensible foods, along with not eating anything after dinner, is having the greatest effect upon my weight loss.  Other healthy habits I’m continuing are no soda or sweet tea, no second helpings at meals, a moderate amount of bread, and few if any sweets for treats.

I’m very pleased to report that with a total loss of 6 pounds in 4 weeks, I’m ahead of schedule.  My goal is to lose 10 pounds by near the end of March.  My ultimate goal is to get back down to 195 pounds by summer, which is appearing more and more realistic with each passing week.  But, slow and steady, right?  Let’s take this one week at a time.

(February 23 — 209 pounds)

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