Friday, January 25, 2013

A Weight Loss Update

I guess it’s about time to finally address the white elephant in the room: how is my weight loss going? I have clearly been avoiding this topic, but it’s because it’s not easy to address the touchy subject when 2012 was such a horrible year in that department for me. I put on about twenty pounds last year and I can really see a difference in the way my clothes fit (or don’t…) and in recent pictures of me, especially the ones taken at Christmas.

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For comparison’s sake, here is me at Christmas two years ago:

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Not to toot my own horn, but I was lookin’ good back then! I want to fit into those clothes again – I still have them but I can’t get those darn pants over my ass. It’s a little discouraging, but I try not to focus on it because it just brings me down. All I can do now is move forward, and over the past couple of weeks that’s exactly what I have been doing!

During the month of December and the first couple weeks of January, my weight fluctuated back and forth about five pounds, but the past two weeks it has steadily been moving down. My “starting” weight was from a Monday, but I’ve been doing official weigh-ins on Friday mornings. Since last Monday, January 14th, I am down 4.5 pounds. It’s nothing to brag about because I still have a long way to go just to get back to where I was at the beginning of last year – let alone at my lowest weight – but it’s progress. I’m actually a little frustrated this morning because for the last two days my weight has been down another pound, but this morning it jumped up. Grr. Ah well, such is life.

My goal is to lose 50 pounds this year, and I would like to lose about 2 pounds per week. Here’s what I’ve been doing differently since I started losing weight again:

  • Calorie counting. I use Lose It to track calories (you may read my reviews on different calorie counting apps in this post) and I can’t emphasize enough how much calorie counting (or counting WW points, etc.) makes a difference in weight loss. I’m definitely not perfect, but during the week I’ve been pretty good about tracking breakfast, lunch, exercise and snacks. This lets me know how many calories I have left for dinner, and I usually guestimate those calories.

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  • Not going completely overboard on the weekends. Okay, technically there has only been one weekend so far that I’ve done this, but keeping it under control on Friday night and Saturday is so important for my weight. I have a tendency to completely overdo it and have an “anything goes” attitude once Friday rolls around, and it almost always results in a higher number on the scale on Monday. It’s okay to relax and splurge a little, but going overboard is not acceptable. My goal is to maintain on the weekends and lose during the week!

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(My breakfast last Saturday – I stayed on track with eggs, toast, and fruit while Eric ran out and picked McDonald’s. Oh, to have the metabolism of a boy…)

  • Following an exercise schedule. This is another thing that is absolutely vital to keep me going to the gym regularly. I like having planned workouts that I can cross off. If I don’t have a specific workout planned, the chances of me going to the gym drastically decrease. Additionally, I hate going to the gym without a plan because I just end up wasting time and wandering.

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I am lucky to have so many people in my life who support me, and I hope that you’ll continue to follow me on my weight loss journey. I’ll be posting updates periodically, and soon enough – as in, when I’m comfortable with it – I’ll start posting weigh-ins again, too. As always, thanks for reading and good luck to all of you who are on your own journeys this year!

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