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!!!!

 

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.

 

Weekly Weigh-In: Week 57


Week 57 Current Weight: 257

Pounds Lost This Week: 2

Total Weight Lost: 133 pounds

Ate at my favorite Indian restaurant for Mother’s Day with the oldest and his wife (and had a couple slices of pizza Saturday), but otherwise stayed very strictly to my calorie goals for the rest of the week. Exercised every day, except for Thursday, though Monday I didn’t get my extra elliptical work in – only did TRX/strength, but just ran out of time. Waffled a bit over taking Thursday off, but in the end was just tired and needed the break.