Thursday, February 12, 2015

Weigh-In: BirthDAY, not week

Alright, let’s dive right into this.

This week’s weigh-in:

Starting6/88/199/3010/2911/1912/311/141/282/42/11
Weight200191.2182.6181181.4177.6177.2175.8174.6175.8174.2
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!

6 comments:

  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.

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    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.
      http://www.goodnightcheese.com/2014/12/special-events-diminishing-returns.html

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  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!!!

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    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.

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  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.

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

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