Thursday, August 14, 2014

Weekly Weigh In & Thoughts on Goal Weight Bodies

I’m getting a little better at being patient about getting to my goal weight. One things that helps is not overly focusing on it. Measuring, weighing, and tracking food, and exercising take up time and effort, but I can let them become a part of normal life, as routine as brushing my teeth. My day can be measured by the positive feedback I got at work as much as or more than the calorie deficit.

Still sticking to my food plan and tracking everything, even during the time out with friends. However, one frustrating part of this last week involved ice cream. Basically I learned that I’m still not ready to keep certain junk foods in the house. Last week, we bought some Edy’s slow churned after a really strenuous afternoon at the gym. I enjoyed some, netted about 1100 calories for the day, and all was well. But then later in the week, I found myself spooning some out without measuring, and ate it, not really caring that it would negate the day’s calorie deficit. 

Not such a horrible situation, obviously, but I realized after the fact that if the ice cream hadn’t been in the apartment, I wouldn’t have even been thinking about having it or cared when I didn’t. So at least for now, I’m not going to keep it in the apartment. There are four different ice cream or froyo places within half a mile of our apartment, thus plenty of options for when we want it.

This week’s weigh-in:

Measurements 6/8/20148/4/20148/12/2014
Pounds Fat82.774.570.4
Pounds Muscle 67.368.266.4

I’m going to assume that the net pound loss is real, but the fat and muscle are likely flukes - I did not lose over four pounds of fat in one week, as awesome as that would be. According to my own tracking of daily calorie deficits, I “should” have lost ten pounds. The actual weight loss, according to the scale/chart, is a little over eight pounds and maybe nine or ten pounds of fat. That’s pretty close, which makes me think that my data might be accurate. I'll see how it does in the long term.

When I’m doing well with weight loss, I think about getting to goal - what I’ll look like, what I might wear, how I’ll feel, how I’ll keep it off. I remind myself that losing all the weight is not going to solve all my problems or magically make me happy always & forever, but on the outside I will probably look very different.

It occurred to me yesterday that nobody in the world, including myself, has ever seen what I’m genetically supposed to look like. The last time I was at a healthy age was when I was six. I’ve known a few people who have lost 50-100 pounds, and their transformations were astounding  - the extra weight that had always changed their faces and bodies was gone. This isn’t about a person being more or less attractive at different weights, but just how dramatic the changes can be.

I know what I do look like, of course, but my face is a little too round and that garbles my bone structure, and my body hints at but doesn’t actually exemplify my genes. Might I actually posses the great legs that run in my family? How deep are the dimples that I haven’t seen at all in over a year? A third thing to round it off?


  1. I can relate. I have a long list of stuff that cannot be in the house. Ice cream is one of them. I have no self-control. After trying all sorts of techniques to limit consumption, I just gave up and it's banned.

    Eating out is always tricky! Glad you were able to stick to your food plan :)

    1. Yup! I know that having it in the house doesn't mean never having it because I can always enjoy an ice cream cone, but it will mean I'll think about it a lot less.

  2. Hey! Awesome thoughts!
    Genetics IS a big deal! Some people need to take a step back and really look at their parents sizes, and their own sizes while growing up to get a clue into how their metabolism genetically works.

    You are VERY smart for not keeping ice cream around--that's one of my huggest secrets when it comes to eating healthy--just don't keep it around:)

    1. Thank you! I agree that people should look at their parents; genes can affect how challenging losing weight will be for a person as much as their lifestyle up to that point. I've been overweight for a long time so my body is used to the extra fat, but I'm also the only one in my family with a weight problem. So maybe the genes are on my side?