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Posted on Dec 6, 2010 in Weigh Ins, Weight Loss | 5 comments

Good Moments (Weigh-In #16)

Despite the misleading title of this post, it’s actually not such great news today people.

211.2 lbs.

So, a 1 lb gain from last week. I cannot say that I’m surprised; I was badnews bears this past week. Despite all my talk of turning it around, kicking myself into gear, etc, etc, I definitely didn’t actually act on those words. So while I’d like to blame my gain on my you-know-what starting yesterday (apologies for the TMI, hahahahahaha) I know I have no one to blame but myself. I engaged in a lot of bored and emotional eating, I didn’t work out at all (save for my 2 mile hike around the mall lugging shopping bags on each arm Friday, haha), and I didn’t count a single calorie. Bad, bad Gretchen.


I am not going to let this get me down. And I’m definitely not going to engage on old-Gretchen thinking of “well, I messed up, might as well give up.” So this alone is progress, my friends. I had some good moments this week too, so I’m going to focus on those.

Good Moment #1: I tried on (and fit! And purchased!) a pair of size 14 jeans. This is another size dropped from my initial starting size of 18, and is a real, tangible way of being able to tell how far I’ve come. I also have gone from a size XL to a size L in tops (at least in Old Navy sizing.)

Good Moment #2:I went through and set aside all of the clothing that no longer fits now that I have officially dropped another size. It’s kind of a massive pile… which may be a sign that I simply own too much clothing. But hey, evidence of success!

Good Moment #3:I had an awesome time singing on stage at Wolftrap with my church choir as part of the 2010 Holiday Singalong concert! I got to see Wolftrap from backstage and engage in a little holiday festiveness (my favorite kind of festiveness!)

This would be a good moment in and of itself, but my relevant moment comes from the fact that after the concert, I basically jogged from the stage door back to our car because it was so frigidly cold, and I didn’t get winded! I feel like this is a real marker of my fitness achievements so far, because I used to get out of breath just speedwalking for a few steps. Sad, I know, but true. Well, used to be true! 🙂

Good Moment #4: Well this moment hasn’t happened yet, but it’s scheduled for today! After work I’m meeting my beautiful friend and former-housemate Ali for a photo session to chronicle 35 pounds lost! She is super, duper talented (you guys should check out her website) and I haven’t seen her since I graduated from JMU so I’m extra excited! Hopefully I’ll get some good shots out of it – we’re still trying to figure out where to shoot because it’s been so disgustingly cold lately… trying to see if we can find an indoor place… ideas?

Anyway, hopefully I’ll have a fun update with photos of me looking oh-so-pretty soon, hehe. Also, I was playing with Ben’s fancyschmancy DSLR and taking photos of our Christmas decorations, so as soon as he gets those off the camera you’ll have a nice little tour of holiday cheer a la Gretchen.

Like I said, I’m trying to make today about something other than my 1 lb gain. I am starting off today right, I’ve already logged the carrot bread that I ate for breakfast, I have my mid-morning snack lined up, I brought lunch, and I’m looking forward to getting back to basics. And back to weight loss. And back to working towards that size 12. 🙂


  1. Positive attitude- don’t let this little setback get you totally down. But yes, as you’ve realized, right now you still need to count every single calorie. Once you reach your happy weight you can slide towards maintenance and not worry about everything, but right now it’s one of the only ways to consciously hold yourself accountable. You look great and you’re really getting there!!

  2. It’s so easy to get down and you’re doing amazing at keeping everything positive! It’s holiday season and only a .4 pound gain is nothing! That’s like you ate something salty for dinner last night. This is so inspiring! Keep it up.

  3. Totally agree with Jennifer! Keep it up!!

  4. Hey Gretchen!!!

    Congrats on all your great success. I just began a new blog through WordPress and was wondering if you could give me some tips because your blog is a bazillion times better than mine. My email is colt045a@gmail.com if you have any pointers. Stay strong, hopefully Beth and I can make it up your way soon!!!

  5. Way to keep up the good work! I could use some of your positive vibes! I put on my scrubs for work this week and they feel a lot tighter than they did last week. Ughh! 😛

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