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Posted on Jan 24, 2011 in Fail, Weigh Ins, Weight Loss | 2 comments

I Couldn’t Run Forever

Hi Friends. So, this morning I finally did it. I bit the bullet and stepped on that little gray scale on my bathroom floor. And it wasn’t great. I mean, it wasn’t terrible. It wasn’t life-alteringly bad. But it wasn’t great, and it was a significant gain despite my mental preparations that my weight had nowhere to go but up on the cruise and subsequent vacation. So, here we go. There’s no use beating around the bush any longer, I just have to get it out there:

207.0 lbs.

So, a gain of 2.2 pounds after this whole week of being back on track (and I really have been pretty good with my eating habits this week!) Knowing that, I estimate that on the cruise I probably gained 3 – 4 pounds. Uuuurk. My one consolation is that while on the cruise, we took a tour of the fitness facilities and one of the instructors said that the average cruiser gains 7 to 14 pounds on a 7-day cruise. 0_0 Holy moly! Can you believe it? Well, actually I can. There is literally food e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e. And I’m sure there was a pretty small percentage of the overall passengers actually hitting the gym most days. But still, 1 – 2 pounds per day?!? I guess I should count myself lucky to be at the low end of that spectrum, haha.

I mean, it’s not like these 2 or 3 pounds have caused my body to shoot back up to size 18, undone my fitness progress, or really given me any super noticeable physical changes. After all, 2.2 pounds when you weigh 207 (ughhhh) is barely 1%. But this is the most significant gain that I’ve had since beginning this journey, and nobody likes to feel like they’re moving backward. I did, however, avoid weight gain during the holidays, so I guess it’s only fitting to slip a little bit while enjoying my vacation. This is really it. I don’t have any more excuses like cruises, Christmases, or general laziness (well, let’s be honest, that’s always a factor) left. My action plan is simple:

1. Eat a real breakfast every morning. I went grocery shopping last week and stocked up on Thomas’ Bagel Thins, bananas, apples, and lower-calorie whole-grain cereals. These, in combination with my oatmeal-filled pantry, should hopefully help me keep day-hunger at bay. I’ve been waking up just a few minutes earlier to make sure I actually eat something before I leave the house.

2. Bring my lunch to work everyday. Not only does this obviously help my budget, but making sure I steer clear of our in-building deli ensures I’m making smart choices and I know exactly what I’m putting into my body each day. In order to make this easypeasy this week, I made up big ol’ batches of turkey chili and healthified chicken salad over the weekend. Just pop some into some containers, and throw them in your bag each morning! I’m a huge fan of leftovers for lunch. Sandwiches, schmandwiches.

3. Work out 4 times a week. I’m upping the ante on this one. I’m talking real, sweaty, heavy breathing exercise for twenty minutes or more. We all know that working out has never been my strong suit. I’m lazy, no two ways about it. But this is really the component that I think is going to affect my weight loss (and general health) going forward. If I was able to lose 40 pounds barely working out at all, think about how much I should be able to lose if I make exercise a regular part of my week, right? I have the gym in my office, as well as some new fitness DVDs (Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred FTW!) that should help put variety into my schedule.

Just to lighten the mood a wee bit, I will tell you that I had a non-scale victory this week! I was putting on my size 14 jeans, which I can’t wear without a belt anymore (a “hooray” within itself) and as I was cinching my belt, the buckle wasn’t going through the hole. So I looked down and realized that I was trying to buckle the belt where there was no hole — the smallest notch on the belt was too big. So, I guess I have to get a new belt, haha! But really, this is so great because I used to wear that exact belt on its biggest notch. So you see? Not all is lost. 🙂

Okay. Wordy post, huh? I’ll let you all get out of here now. I know I have these moments of resolution and “This time it’s really going to be different!” a lot, so if you’re thinking that this is just another promise that won’t have any follow-through, I hope that I prove you wrong. And if any of you can think of any healthy bulk recipes I can do up for lunches, have any workout DVD recommendations, or live locally and are going for a walk/jog/run — let me know! If there’s one thing we all have learned from this, it’s that I obviously can’t do it alone. 🙂


  1. I am loving your game plan- you know I am such a huge proponent of breakfast and of bringing lunch! I also am happy you’re trying to get back into an exercise routine- you’ll also feel so good after you exercise, it gets all sorts of endorphins and stuff flowing too! Let me know if you find a race for March to sign up for- I’m totally game!

  2. You and me, both, kiddo! Good plan!!

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