Thursday, February 12, 2015

Weigh-In: BirthDAY, not week

Alright, let’s dive right into this.

This week’s weigh-in:

Lbs. Fat82.772.570.370.868.167.167.665.366.864.7
Lbs. Muscle 67.366.865.267.363.363.96564.465.263.5

Well, I’m glad last’s week gain is gone, along with another half pound - and the fat numbers match the net weight numbers, so at least that half a pound was fat lost and not muscle or water. I was hoping for more, of course, since this means I’ve lost just half a pound in two weeks of eating well and working out. It’s been a good few weeks of consistent workouts, actually bringing lunch to work, and staying within my calorie range.

This means that I will definitely not make my goal of getting into the 160’s by my birthday. I knew it was a tall order based on my history, but I really thought it was doable and I’m extremely disappointed that I didn’t make it. New goal: I’m going to try and do it by the end of February, but that might be a long shot as well.

The upside is that I’m not going to do anything about it; I realize that I have no choice. I can keep trying and know it will eventually catch up, or - what? Give up and gain back 25 pounds? Can’t, nope. So onward we ride. Weight loss is definitely like riding a bike at a really low gear - you pedal and pedal, so quickly, but move so slowly.

Because confidence is key.

Upcoming challenges:

Birthday - My plan for my birthday on Tueday is to have a maintenance day and treat it as its own one-day week. I know it’s probably not worth eating so much that the calories spill over onto another day, so I’ll try my best. Bottom line: As long as I keep it to birthDAY, there’s only so bad it can be.
Wedding - we have a wedding of a family friend next weekend (yay!), which will also involve a weekend at my parent’s house. It should be too challenging, but I’ve learned that I don’t do great out of my comfort zones of work, home, and occasional outings. It won’t be hard to eat healthy with my parents, as they eat very well, I just have to watch portion sizes and do my best at the wedding.

Things that are not challenges: Valentine's Day, because I don't really care about it. Our wedding anniversary is my Valentine's Day. The upside is that everything is discounted on my actual birthday because it's on the 17th. Woot!


  1. Well, I finally realized for myself that there are always going to be events, special things, holidays, birthdays...if I use them all as an excuse to eat off plan, I'll end up obese again. Just not gonna do it. But we each have to make that choice.

    1. Oh, absolutely! I wrote a post on that a couple of months ago, basically that I'm going to have a selfish attitude in terms of indulging (i.e. thinking about if the event is super special to me only) and treat the other 99% of events as reguar days.

  2. Happy (early) birthday! And congrats on the weight loss! I know how disappointing it can be to miss goals, but I think your attitude is awesome. I get frustrated sometimes and think what is the point to all this if I'm not losing like I want? But I tell myself the same thing- what's the alternative, gaining all the weight back?? Of course not! Your bike analogy is dead on!!!

    1. Exactly! I know if I stop, I will almost certainly gain all this weight back, because I'm still learning how to listen to my body and live in moderation.

  3. Happy (belated) Birthday :)
    You've done well so far and 25lbs down is awesome! Never let disappointment about your short-term goals come between you and your long-term goals.

    1. Thank you! That is a great piece of advice.