Weekly Weigh-In: Week 65


Week 65 Current Weight: 244

Pounds Lost This Week: 3

Total Weight Lost: 146 pounds

Whew!! Made it!!

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Weekly Weigh-In: Week 64


Week 64 Current Weight: 247

Pounds Lost This Week: 3

Total Weight Lost: 143 pounds

I wasn’t very hungry this week. Not sure if it’s just the fact that I know I needed to get to 246 pounds for my one HW challenge that gave me the extra motivation or what, but food just didn’t interest me much this week at all. Hubby even ordered pizza one day and it didn’t even screw up my goals, because even though it was later in the evening, I hadn’t eaten much and still had plenty of calories to spare. I think a lot of it is the heat though. As soon as summer kicks in full-time, my appetite drops. But definitely not complaining here, that’s for sure.

Also… Salted Caramel Oreo Thins!! YUM!

 

Weekly Weigh-In: Week 63


Week 63 Current Weight: 250

Pounds Lost This Week: 1

Total Weight Lost: 140 pounds

It’s weird. Because on Monday I was at like 249 pounds, and I ate really well this week (finally got my Hungryroot box) and stayed under my calorie goals because I really need to drop another 4 pounds within the next couple weeks to make my challenge weigh-in. So, you can imagine how annoyed I am that didn’t really lose diddly-squat this week. Either Hungryroot’s calorie counts are way off, or I’m retaining water for some reason. But it just sucks. 😦

On a positive note… I hit 250 pounds!!!!

 

Things Discovered: Hungryroot


I was really hoping that I’d be able to write a rave review about this “great” new thing I found (Hungryroot), but alas… it was not to be. Or, at the very least, it’s sort of hit or miss.

TL;DR: Mixed bag. Some of the food is good, but there are shipping issues that could mean what you get isn’t fresh (or even edible). It’s a little pricy as well.

 

I was excited because, though I’ve looked at other meal shipment offerings, with this one most of the recipes were well within my calorie range, and they were relatively healthy (vegan and gluten-free even… which doesn’t necessarily matter to me, but might to some). I ordered and waited – it took 2 weeks for my first shipment to be delivered. Which that part is fine, it was the delivery itself that was the problem.

So… it’s summer time and it’s been a bit hot this week. Plenty of 90+ degree days. I started to get a bit antsy as the day wore on and by 6p actually was calling FedEx to see if they could give me some sort of assurances as to my box actually getting to me. It will be there soon, we promise. Yeah, but what condition will it be in? Inquiring minds want to know!

About 6:40p, my doorbell rings. YAY FedEx!!!

When I picked the box up off the porch (driver was already hauling ass down the driveway) it was pretty warm to the touch. Bad sign. When I opened it – the box was lined with some sort of insulation material (not like actual styrofoam or anything that might have actually done a better job of retaining the cold, but sort of loose wrap material) and there was a fully melted ice pack on the top.

hungryroot

It was slightly cool to the touch, but only marginally so. There was a piece of cardboard under that, and then the food packs. The very top ones, that were directly under the ice pack, were well… not cold, but not quite warm – possibly edible, but who’d want to risk it? As I dug deeper into the box, the food packs got warmer and warmer, and even though there was another ice pack at the bottom of the pile (also fully melted), that was was actually warm and all the food packs on that level were also warm to the touch. Not sure what the box was sitting on the in the truck, but you’d almost think it had been sitting on a heater. In any case, I certainly didn’t feel comfortable enough to attempt to eat any of it. Which is really sad, because I was totally looking forward to it.

I guess I’m just frustrated about the whole thing though. Their FAQ stated that there was enough ice to keep the boxes fresh for 2 days, but like, it was shipped out Monday night at about 11p and then not delivered to me until Wednesday after 6:30p. And while, technically, that’s not a full 48 hours, in the summer heat, the way it was packed just doesn’t hold up that long. Also, the box said “keep refrigerated” but FedEx trucks don’t have that ability. So if they were counting on FedEx to keep it cool in transit as well, that’s definitely not going to happen.

Anyhoo… totally disappointed. 😦

UPDATE:

So, they credited me the cost of the original box and I agreed to try one more shipment. Still not super-impressed with their shipping. This one, again. left Monday (around 10:40a) and was not delivered until Wednesday evening (it says around 4:45p, but it was later than that – not that the delivery guy bothered to even ring the doorbell this time). Either way, still way longer than the 2 days that everything is supposed to stay fresh for.  At least this time everything was still mostly cold (or at least not warm), probably because the weather’s been a bit cooler, so I’m going to eat it and see how it goes.

I started with the broccoli rice and added the Thai peanut sauce, and a container of Italian Herb Chickpea Medley. I had to add extra curry powder to the peanut sauce – it wasn’t bad, but it didn’t really taste like any peanut sauce I’ve ever had before. The chickpea stuff was pretty darn tasty though. So there is that. XD Also the Black Bean Brownie Batter is YUM!!

I debating whether or not to cancel. I mean, I like the idea of getting more veggies in my diet, especially since I’m really bad at eating them most days. But, if I’m going to have to worry about shipping issues every week, that’s a major deterrent. The other is that I already struggle with getting enough protein, and given that all of this is vegan, it’s definitely not going to help.

Decisions… decisions…

 

Weekly Weigh-In: Week 62


Week 62 Current Weight: 251

Pounds Lost This Week: 3

Total Weight Lost: 139 pounds

I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.

Honestly, I ate a lot of ice cream this week (thank the gods for Halo Top). But if that’s what it takes to get me through, then so be it. I’d been hoping to try out some new healthier stuff from Hungryroot, but my first delivery was a major epic fail (I’ll write more about it later I promise). They are sending out a new box, so we’ll see how it goes when that gets here next week. Until then…

 

Weekly Weigh-In: Week 61


Week 61 Current Weight: 254

Pounds Lost This Week: 5

Total Weight Lost: 136 pounds

Almost back to where I was. Yay for water weight!

It sucks though because I’m a couple of pounds above where I need to be for one of my HW challenges. The main one I’m doing fine with (and am even ahead of the game), but I did a smaller challenge and I don’t know if I’m going to make it or not. Have to really push it the next couple weeks and I’m not sure if I’m in the right space for that. Haven’t even had the motivation to go to the gym (was sick on Monday so didn’t even have my “have to go” day). So, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Weekly Weigh-In: Week 60


Week 60 Current Weight: 259

Pounds Lost This Week: 0 (gained 6)

Total Weight Lost: 131 pounds

Well… I knew this week was going to be rough, and though I tried really hard to minimize the damage, I more or less totally fell off the diet wagon by the time mid-week rolled around (yay for 23rd anniversary and being that time of the month XD).

But, ya know, it’s ok. I really, really needed the break and I know it’s mostly water weight that will drop right back off. So I’m spending another day or so eating things that I don’t normally eat, and then I’ll get back to it.

Weekly Weigh-In: Week 59


Week 59 Current Weight: 253

Pounds Lost This Week: 3

Total Weight Lost: 137 pounds

Still on sort of a gym break, other than my Monday night thing. I definitely feel better when I work out more regularly, but the weather’s been total shit and I am lazy. On the plus side, I was a lot more careful this week about snacking (have to without the extra calorie burn) and was able to drop 3 pounds. It also helped that I literally had to run through an airport the other day. NSV… I didn’t die (a year ago, hell even 6 months ago, I’d have literally not made it). All that hard work at the gym actually counts for something!! LOL

Weekly Weigh-In: Week 58


Week 58 Current Weight: 256

Pounds Lost This Week: 1

Total Weight Lost: 134 pounds

I didn’t work out much this week (other than my Monday hour of TRX/strength and 30 minutes on the elliptical). Some of it was just not feeling like it and needing a break, though to be fair, I also had a number of other things going on that ate into my gym time as well.

On the one hand, I feel much better when I exercise daily – not only physically, but mentally as well. On the other, however, I end up being really hungry all the time. The really sad part is that the exercise – at least in terms of weight loss – makes very little different to the numbers on the scale at the end of the week. Hopefully I’ll find a bit more motivation to get back at it this coming week.

 

Thinky Thoughts: Counting Calories – CICO


There was an article published in the LA Times today – Counting calories won’t reduce obesity. So why are we requiring restaurants to post them? – which really, really pissed me off. It’s worth noting up front, quite a bit of what is written in this article is utter bullshit, starting with the first sentence of the title. And though I do agree that lowering the amount of carbs we eat is a good idea, doing so does not mean that CICO isn’t still the primary driving force.

Counting calories absolutely works. The proof is here on this blog – log that shit daily and burn more than you are eating. THAT’S HOW IT WORKS! Yes there are other things that can affect it (particularly various medical conditions), but on the whole that’s the way it is. In most cases, anyone who says differently is probably trying to sell you something.

The reason people gain stuff back is because they stop being careful and go back to their old eating habits. If you struggle with obesity, keeping at an ideal weight is not a “get there and you are done” thing… it’s a life-long commitment. Think of it as a chronic medical condition, you feel better on the right meds, but if you stop taking those meds then your condition flares back up. Same with obesity, if you start eating more calories than you are burning, then your weight will go back up. Most of us just don’t have the discipline to maintain in the long term, because, let’s face it – IT’S HARD (and good food is oh so yummy). That’s why it’s important to continue to eat things that you like from time to time, so that you don’t feel deprived.

Also “starvation mode” is a myth, unless you are severely restricting your daily calories (like below 1200) for a sustained amount of time. Which is very unhealthy and no one should be doing it anyways. In general, it’s normal for our metabolism to slow as we lose weight – this is because as our bodies get smaller, we need less energy to fuel them. It’s why it was a lot easier for me to lose the first 100 pounds than it has been loosing the second. But that’s ok, that’s the way it works. And really, slow and steady wins the race… except, it’s really not a race. Because there is no finish line. There are goals, sure, but even if we get to our “ideal” weight, if we want to stay there we have to find a way to maintain it. So we make adjustments and then keep on keeping on.

Something else I found interesting about the following quoted section…

Why should the Food and Drug Administration impose a regulation to shave 38 calories off a Chipotle order? The justification from the start, as articulated in a blog post by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, is that saving even a few dozen calories a day would add up over the course of a year. “Based on that sort of reduction,” he wrote, “you could end up consuming 10,000 to 20,000 fewer calories making you three to five pounds slimmer.”

If the average person gains 1-2 pounds a year (based on 2016 CDC statistics), and shaving that 38 calories means that they could lose a couple pounds each year – we’d break even (or maybe even still lose a pound), instead of having to watch our weight steadily creep up each year. For all those people who wake up 10 years later wondering why they weigh 20+ pounds more than they did when they were in high school, this could really make a difference.

Having calorie counts at restaurants is a relatively new thing. I mean, it’s been around in some capacity for a while, but not as wide-spread as it is now required to be. So people are still getting use to it, and so, aren’t really used to being able to see what they are eating. I think as time goes by this will change and as more people realize just how many calories they are putting in their bodies, they will start to make better choices. Especially as they watch their weight slowly/quickly going up and look for ways to do something about it.