Some thoughts 75% through

It has been nine months since I started this project, so it’s time for another look back like I did three months in and six months in. So I’ve lost somewhere in the 75-78 pound range so far, which puts me at 75% completed. That’s pretty damn good.  3 months in I was slightly behind, 6 months out I was slightly ahead, and now I’m pretty much right on schedule.  I bounce around a little bit, but at this rate I’m 99.9% confident that I’ll reach 100 pounds lost by the end of the year. At the very least I’ll be pretty damn close.

I was planning on doing this super long thought out post like I’ve done the past two times, but I don’t think I really need to. Simply put, what I’ve been doing continues to work. Every time I feel like I’m about to plateau something happens, and I’m right back on the losing train. In fact, I haven’t had a gain since July 24th. Sure I’ve had a couple lackluster weeks where my loss has been pretty small, but I haven’t actually gained in almost three months. That’s pretty impressive and shows that something is going right!

So I’m going to just keep chugging along and doing what I’m doing. Maybe I’ll hit my goal on time, or maybe I’ll even hit it a little early. Either way, I know I’m going to hit my goal, and that’s something I wasn’t 100% sure of when I started this. That’s not something I was sure of even six months ago.

Which brings me to my next point: what to do after I reach 100 pounds lost. Well, my plan is to keep going. BMI says that “normal” for me has an upper range of 168 pounds. The last time I remember thinking I was a good weight was when I was in the 170s, so I’d really like to get under 180 pounds again.  Maybe I’ll shoot for “BMI normal” after that. We shall see. Some people have suggested to me that 200 pounds is a more realistic goal, but I’m not sure how I feel about that. I would be ecstatic to be under 200 pounds again, but it feels somewhat like “settling” to me. I’ve gone a long way to just “settle” at some point that seems easier to attain.  We’ll see how I feel when I hit my goal of 227 by the end of this year, but I’m thinking I might as well set my sights at 180.  Go big or go home, right?

Some thoughts so far

It’s been three months.  A part of me is just glad that three months later I’m still chugging away at this.  I’ve started and stopped so many diets and weight loss plans that it’s generally safe to assume at the outset of any diet that I will eventually drop it.  I think I’ve done Weight Watchers 5 or 6 times.  I’ve started and stopped so many times I can’t even remember which it is.  3 months is probably the longest I’ve ever stuck at a diet; it’s certainly the longest I’ve kept actively doing Weight Watchers.  So in many respects, this has been a huge success so far.

From a numbers standpoint I’ve not done so bad either.  I’ve weighed in 14 times in 13 weeks.  At 2 lbs. a week I should have lost 26 lbs.  I’m only at 24.6 lbs. lost, but the 2 lbs. a week goal was built with a fudge factor of 2 lbs since my overall goal is 100 lbs. and 2 lbs. a week would put me at 102 lbs. over a one-year period.  So I’m not quite there, but I’m within reason.  With the rate I started losing weight at I was hoping to be ahead by now rather than playing catch-up, but it is what it is!  Also, I noted in my last weigh-in that I’m roughly a quarter of the way through the year and a quarter of the way through my goal, so that is definitely a plus.

So what’s been working well so far? I’m glad you asked.  I’ve gotten a fairly regular walking routine going on, walking three mornings during the week and both mornings on the weekend.  My route is about a mile and a half and generally takes me a little over half an hour to complete.  I also added a gym component last Saturday with a light game of basketball and walking around the track (props to my friends for finally getting me out to the gym).  I hope to add that as a regular addition to my exercise routine.

I’ve also been pretty good about eating out.  My eating out has spiked recently, mostly due to me being busy, but I’ve been really good about ordering healthier items on the menu.  When I must eat fast food, I’ve been opting for Quizno’s or Subway.  I know that they can also be unhealthy, but it beats eating a greasy burger and fries.  Also, if I do eat out or I know I’m going to have a big dinner (or other meal) I’ve been good about “auto-correcting” by having a smaller breakfast or lunch.  Generally speaking, though, I aim for lunch to be my largest meal of the day and have a smaller breakfast and dinner.  I’ve also been fairly good at not eating too late, though sometimes that’s difficult to avoid with all the night classes I have.

So, where are some areas that I could improve? Well, one is that I haven’t done the Wii workout in ages.  Most of it is motivation, but some of it is time.  During the week I’m generally pretty busy, and lately I’ve been busy on the weekends with the end of the semester approaching.  Much of the reason I’ve fell out of doing the Wii, though, is that the Wii workout is somewhat awkward.  Because of that I like to do it when I’m alone at the house, and generally times when I am alone are times that I’m not really interested in doing it.

I’ve also stopped keeping track of what I eat on-line.  There’s a lot of reasons for this.   Even though Weight Watchers recently changed their points system up, I’ve gone through the program enough times that I feel like I have a good feel for what a good portion size is.  My problem isn’t knowledge in regards to portion size; instead it’s the follow through in saying no to myself when I want to go beyond the portion size.  I’m also still fairly large, so precision in my calorie intake monitoring isn’t necessary to achieve losses.  At some point, as I get closer to my goal, I assume it will be, but that point is not now.

I’ve also somewhat relapsed on the whole soda thing.  I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned here that I pretty much dropped soda from my diet at the start of all this thanks to a really bad throat cold.  I haven’t succumbed to buying 24-packs (or even 12 or 6-packs), and I’m nowhere near the consumption levels of last year.  However, I do find myself buying the occasional bottle of diet coke (or preferably coke zero!) at the store more frequently.  I’ve even made a couple trips in the past week for just that purpose.

Goals for moving forward:

  • Add another exercise component.  This could be realized simply by continuing the Saturday gym experience or even just following through with the original Wii workout plan.  Either way, I feel like at some point in the near future just walking is not going to be enough.
  • Don’t fall off the wagon in regards to coke.  Just say no.
  • Continue healthy eating and eat out less.  Cook more.
  • Keep up the good work!

Okay, I think that’s good for now.  I might add more later if I think about it.  I’ll probably do another one of these in a few months when I reach the halfway marker.  Holy crap the time moves fast.

Weigh-In: Back on track

Start: 327 lbs.
Last week: 309.6 lbs.
This week:  307.2 lbs.
Change: -2.4 lbs.
Total Change: -19.8 lbs.

It’s good to be back on the weight loss train.  One of the things I’ve been looking forward to about losing weight is being able to fit comfortably into my old clothes that I’ve saved over the years “for when they’ll fit again…”  Some of it’s been waiting for so long it’s probably out of style!  I’m not quire there yet, but almost.

Last week I noticed that my belt was no longer doing it’s job of keeping my pants up, so yesterday I dug into my closet to get an older belt out.  I was feeling pretty good about myself, and then I tried to put the older belt on.  It didn’t come close to fitting.  Oops!  Went a little too far back, so I dug around and found one that fit.  Still, that’s progress.