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!

Weigh-In Sunday

Start: 327 lbs.
Last week: 308.0 lbs.
This week: 308.6 lbs.
Change: +0.6 lbs.
Total Change: -18.4 lbs.

I suffered a setback this week.  That is bound to happen (I was hoping for later rather than sooner though), so there’s really nothing to do but forget about it and move on to next week.  I was prepared for this.  I had pizza and way too much fast food this week.  I also didn’t get out walking this week as much.  Mostly due to the weather, but my own laziness was a contributing factor.  I just need to hunker down and make sure I walk everyday and avoid eating fast food.

I’m also keeping track of my weight with Weightwatchers Online, which is interesting because it has all my past data saved from previous Weightwatchers attempts.  For instance, I did Weightwatchers last year during the month of April, and I was 317.2 lbs. for my last weigh-in April 25th, 2010.  It puts my weight loss in perspective when I realized that I am already almost 10 lbs. lighter than I was a year ago.

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.