Because it’s so cool to point out

Today, all done! Striking a pose in front of my recently decorated tree. 🙂

Just vegging out today. So nice to be able to do that after the stress of the semester done with and traveling all day yesterday.

But, I posted the picture of me with my tree yesterday (and to the right again for good measure).  I just have to point out that the shirt I’m wearing is a Large. I can’t even remember the last time I wore a Large. Maybe Freshmen/Sophomore year of college? Not sure. Certainly it’s a little tight and thank God it’s black since black is a slimming color. But still, that’s awesome.

I, of course, posted the pic on facebook and got lots of facebook love for it. I like to post pics on facebook, whether I look good or bad because it’s nice to look back and see where I was at different points in my life. Everytime I post a “hot” pic on facebook I get lots of love, and I would be lying if I didn’t admit that subconsciously (or hell maybe even consciously) that’s a motivating factor when I post some pics. It feels good to be told you look good. Sometimes I feel like it may come off as me fishing for compliments, but really I’m not. I’m just super proud of how I look, and I want to show off my new look to the world as much as possible. It feels good to be told that you look good, but it also just feels good to look good!

And just to come full circle on something that I used to mention a lot, the loss definitely feels real to me now. There is no escaping that!

I’m in the 240s

It’s all about perspective.  I am ecstatic now to be weighing-in regularly under 250 each morning, and if I’m lucky, sometimes each night too when I go to bed.  I feel great and am generally pretty positive about how I look now.  Which is sort of weird to think about it because the first time I joined Weight Watchers was the summer after my freshmen year of college (the summer of 2003 to be exact).  That’s like eight years ago.  And the weight that caused me to want to slim down? 240 pounds.

When I left for college, I think I weighed in the 210s.  My senior year of high school I fluctuated from the low 200s to the 210s.  I got to college and the joy of eating ice cream and pizza every day at what we called Saga, but was pretty much your typical dorm cafeteria, resulted in my Freshman Fifteen (and then some).  I took a job that summer working in the Sear’s stockroom and that, along with joining Weight Watchers, helped me get back down to under 220.

Back then, I was like, “Holy crap, I can’t believe I’m 240,” said in a sad tone.  Now, I’m like, “Holy crap! I can’t believe I’m in the 240s!” said in a pretty damn excited tone.

So yeah, it’s all about the perspective when it comes down to it.  And I like my perspective now!

Post-Cruise Analysis

Sunset from the deck before leaving Long Beach

I haven’t officially weighed myself post cruise, but when I have stepped on a scale today and yesterday morning it has been in the 252 range.  I was afraid I’d gain a bit on the cruise, but fortunately that did not happen!

I had an AWESOME time, and surprisingly (since I actually lost weight), I did not hold myself back too much eating-wise and certainly not drinking-wise.  They had a 24/7 pizza bar which I fully utilized.  I think a few things helped me stay good though. First, drinking a lot always screws up my sleep, so I was easily able to get up early and walk the track on the top deck for 40 min to an hour each morning.  Second, I did quite a bit of dancing which I believe has some exercise value.  I certainly combined a lot of drinking with that second element, so they might have cancelled each other out.  Third, I used the stairs, rather than the elevator, A LOT.  Plus there’s a lot of walking around the cruise to get from point A to B.

Me and my friend Amul on a boat!

And finally, I spent most of the day Monday in airports and on planes passed out, so I didn’t eat a whole lot, which I’ll admit is not a great way to keep the pounds off.

I’m not sure what it is, but after getting back I feel like a whole new “Dave” has emerged.  A Dave who likes the way he looks and isn’t apologetic for his shortcomings.  Maybe I’ve found a little confidence.  I don’t know.  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

Post-Mexico Weigh-In

Start: 327 lbs.
Last week: 291.6 lbs.
This week:  287.0 lbs.
Change: -4.6 lbs. lbs.
Total Change: -40.0 lbs.

I think the change in locales helped me a little bit this week! I’m pretty stoked about the loss this week, especially after vacationing. I knew I did pretty well eating-wise, and I was staying pretty active. So I thought this might be a good weigh-in, but I wasn’t expecting it to be this good. Definitely feeling good about it.  Finally made under 290! And now I only have 10 more lbs. to go until I hit the halfway point to my goal.