Sunday Weigh-In

Start: 327 lbs.
Last week: 287.0 lbs.
This week:  282.4 lbs.
Change: -4.6 lbs. lbs.
Total Change: -44.6 lbs.

California agrees with my weight loss plan. I guess we’ll just have to see how long I can keep this up for. 🙂

I’m not sure why I’ve lost so much since getting to California. I’m pretty much doing the same thing. Though I’ve been more diligent in making sure I walk each day, and I have walked more than once in a day several times.  I’m pretty much keeping to the same eating plan.  My office is on the third floor so maybe all the climbing up and down stairs each day has helped out.  Or maybe my body hasn’t gotten used to the new walking paths so it’s like a new experience for it.  I did also go hiking yesterday which kind of kicked my ass in parts so maybe that’s it.  Who knows, but hopefully I can keep it up!

My summer goal is to break the 250s. I think this is a little bit ahead of my goal, and I’m not sure if I will get there.  I should at least get close though.  Let’s see what happens.

Finally getting over it

I was pretty sick this last week, which is a horrible way to return home for a new semester at school.  But whatever.  I’m not completely over it, but I’m good enough to start thinking further on my diet/exercise goals.

The main thing I need to do now is add an exercising component.  Weight Watchers recommends exercising 30 minutes a day, so I’m going to try and start with that.  I have a Wii Fit, so my goal is to get in 30 minutes a day.  We’ll see how that goes.  Once it starts getting warmer I think I’m going to try and get some regular walking into my schedule, too.  Getting outside more will be good for my health.

My goal this weekend is to also sit down and plan out a menu for the week.  My eating this week has been fairly sporadic, as my appetite has gone in and out due to being sick.  I’d like to start getting in the habit of cooking healthy meals regularly.  One of the ways I’m accomplishing this goal is by having a weekly dinner with a group of friends who are all trying to cook more health conscious meals.  It wasn’t my idea, but I was glad to jump on board with it.  It helps with accountability and also motivation to keep up with the goal.  Of course, if I’m going to reach my goals, I need to be thinking healthy every meal, so I really need to start planning things out rather than just coming up with my dinner plans on the fly.

What I’m doing here

Every year millions of people resolve to lose weight for the new year.  As someone who has struggled with weight issues since puberty, I’ve made that particular New Year’s resolution several times.  And like many people who’ve said they’re going to lose weight, I’ve failed miserably at following through.  I believe that I’m currently at a crossroads in my life.  I can either continue to do whatever I want and gain weight at an unhealthy rate, or I can make a change for the better by trying to gain some amount of self-restraint and control.

I want this to be something that sticks.  I want it to be a lifestyle change, and not just some fad diet that I drop after I reach my goal and eventually gain all the weight back.  In that vein, I’ve decided to aim big, but start small.  As the name of this blog implies, my overarching goal is to lose 100 lbs. in one year.  This sounds pretty daunting, but in all actuality it’s a little less than 2 lbs. per week, which sounds a lot more doable.  I think my weight in water fluctuates that much daily.

I’m starting this adventure away from home while on vacation.  Not exactly the ideal situation in which to start a diet.  I don’t expect to start out with huge losses, but I do want to attempt some small yet significant things to start out.  First, I am going to try to eliminate fast food from my diet.  When I can’t avoid fast food,  I will try to go with the healthiest option.  Second, I’m going to try and eliminate snacking from my diet.  Third, for main meals I will try some portion control.  I know I should also add an exercising component, but that’s somewhat difficult while on vacation.  I’m hopeless at a gym, and there’s not a lot of exercising options here at the moment thanks to the weather.  If I get the chance I’ll do some walking.  However, I will probably wait to add an exercising goal until I’m back home.

Why am I blogging about this?  My goal is to check in once a week (probably Sundays) with my progress.  My hope is that posting my weight publicly each week will motivate (or shame) me into keeping with the program.  I’ll continue for as long as it works.  I’m not blogging this to be inspirational or to try and gain an Internet following.  I’m just trying to lose weight.  To that end, you, the reader, are promised at least one post each week wherein I discuss my current weight.  I will occasionally post about my goals as I (hopefully) meet and update them.  I will also likely post my thoughts on my progress, in order to help myself in figuring out what’s working and what’s not.  If you’ve followed my rambling so far, thanks for following me as I start this journey.