I’m thrilled to report that not only have I hit an even 41 lbs lost since I began changing my eating on January 20, but I also hit the first mini goal I had set for myself to reach by June 1. I was .6 lbs over it yesterday and .4 lbs under it today. So I just barely made it, but I made it!!!
And this is from changing my eating only. But starting this summer, I am going to take the kids to the park every day (weather permitting) and walk the big track that goes around the play area while they play. I’ll be happy to do one or maybe two laps to start, but I hope to be able to do several laps by the end of the summer – and see a nice change on the scale! 🙂
OK, I’m finally going to resurrect this blog, which I’ve been meaning to do for quite some time now! One small change that you’ll notice is that I am now doing weigh ins on Friday, rather than Mondays. As I noted in my earlier post, we are strategically splurging with some frequency, and it’s usually on the weekends. When I do that, I generally see a small gain for a day or two and then drop after that. Well, the problem with weighing on Mondays is that I am often on the “small gain” day, and that’s a bit disheartening. So I decided to switch to Fridays from here on out, which actually works out well since we technically started on a Thursday. My “weeks on diet” count will be more accurate now!
Alright, with no further ado, here are my latest results:
Weight Lost, Current Week: 1.8 lbs
Weight Lost, Total: 38.2 lbs
Weeks on Diet: 17
Will I finally break 40 next week? I sure hope so! It was my goal to lose 40.6 lbs by June 1 (it makes for a nice, round number on the scale), and I feel pretty good that I’m going to make it!
Last week was not a great week. I was sick for most of it, and…well, there’s a reason they are called comfort foods. I found myself craving all kinds of things that were clearly NOT a part of a low-carb eating plan. So on 3 different days, I ended up having something a bit carby (chicken fingers with a sweet and spicy dipping sauce a couple of times, a burrito bowl at Chipotle with rice in it another time). Because of all that, my weight loss was definitely not on par with last week’s.
Weight Lost, Current Week: 1.2 lbs
Weight Lost, Total: 28.4 lbs
Weeks on Diet: 10
However, all things considered, I was pretty proud of myself for a) not giving in to the peppermint ice cream that I realized was still in the freezer, even though it sounded like bliss for my sore throat, and b) not just throwing in the towel for the entire time I was sick. Both of those were major temptations. Given how sick I was for about 3 days, I consider it quite a victory that I didn’t eat whatever I felt like. That’s what I wanted to do, but I managed to stay mostly on track and the scale still moved down a bit. To quote Adam Sandler, “Not too shabby!”
I track my weight loss on a spreadsheet. It’s set up to automatically calculate how much weight I’ve lost since the beginning next to each weight I input. But I realized today, when I was trying to see how long it had been since I lost this much weight, that I didn’t have any weekly subtotals, so I had to calculate each one manually. This was kind of a pain, b/c the spreadsheet is littered with notes and empty days where I didn’t weigh and is just visually a bit cluttered looking, so it took a bit of time to figure it all out.
Spreadsheet queen that I am, this simply couldn’t stand. So I started a clean new sheet to record weekly losses. And when I was done, I thought to myself, “Self, you should make sure your numbers in your blog weigh ins were right. I mean, it shouldn’t have been hard to calculate one week at a time, but this is you – erm, me – we’re talking about.” And I’m so glad I did.
It turns out that nearly half of my numbers were wrong! Even some of the grand totals. WTF? The grand total was already being calculated and was right next to the current day’s weight! How did I mess that up? In at least one case, I am a little grateful for my crappy math skills: if you recall the week I was so distraught and finally decided to see my doctor, it was because I thought I had only lost 0.2 lbs. It turns out that I’d actually gained 0.4 lbs! Imagine the paroxysms of despair that extra 0.6 lbs might’ve caused.
Yes, folks, this is why I studied history. A mathematician I am not.
A week of being able to stay totally on plan really paid off. (Although there were many weeks early on where I was staying totally on plan and not losing this well, so who knows what the actual difference was.) This is my best week of weight loss since Week 1! I’m feeling very positive and upbeat this morning.
- Weight Lost, Current Week: 5.4 lbs
- Weight Lost, Total: 27.2 lbs
- Weeks on Diet: 9
I said that I knew yesterday’s weight was off because of the off-plan eating I had to do a couple of times last week, and I was right. In fact, as of this morning, I have lost weight already from being back on plan since Friday!
I’ve noticed a pattern when I go off plan for a day. The next day, my weight is OK, then the next day I see a fairly big bump (2-ish lbs) that slowly comes off over a day or two, and finally, I have a big drop. (In fact, that’s why last week was so rough – my two bad days were Sun and Thurs, so I’d just gotten back to normal on Thurs when I had to screw it all up again.)
So I was delighted but not entirely surprised when I stepped on the scale this morning and was down 2.4 lbs from yesterday! That also puts me a full pound below my lowest weight last week. I am back on track, and ready to give this week everything I’ve got!
Well, I don’t have very good news to report today, but I’m not too upset about it. Last week was a crazy week that required me breaking my diet twice. Both times, I did a good job of not overeating or indulging in things that I knew would be bad for me (mainly sugar, and I actually turned it down several times), so I consider that a victory in and of itself. Unfortunately, the scale was not so kind:
- Weight Lost, Current Week: 1.4 lbs gained
- Weight Lost, Total: 21.8 lbs
- Weeks on Diet: 8
The good news, though, is that I see nothing on the horizon this week that should require me to eat anything less than perfectly, so I’m hopeful that next week, I’ll get back to losing!