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Posted on May 16, 2011 in Dear Diary, Pup Posts, Weigh Ins, Weight Loss | 26 comments

Recovery Weigh-in

Happy Monday, everyone! I’ll keep it nice & simple today, as I’m sure everyone is already getting bogged down with all that Monday back-to-work hubbub. Heh. You may remember that I was in rather low spirits at this time last week, due to my incredible (and not in a good way!) 4 pound gain over the course of a week! As you all helped me quickly identify, however, that was largely due to a number of various factors and not really an accurate measure of my current weight. So, scratching that, we start again:

Starting Weight: 246 lbs.
Last Week’s Weight: 199.6 lbs
This Week’s Weight: 195.0 lbs
This Week’s Loss: -4.6 lbs
Total Loss-to-Date: 51 lbs.

So, if you ARE counting last week’s weigh-in, that makes it a 4.6 POUNDS LOSS from last week. Which I think definitively confirms the whole “water weight” theory. If you’re counting from the week before, however, it’s a .6 pound loss. And since I do recognize that some of the 4 pounds from last week was probably in part a legitimate gain, I’ll take it! Half a pound is half a pound, so I’m not complaining. Onward and downward!

To celebrate, here are some extra adorable and extra gratuitous pictures of miniature schnauzers. Steve took ’em this weekend. You’re welcome.


And finally, the piece de resistance:


Classy. 😉

So lately I’ve been thinking a lot about end goals. I realize that for me, weight is probably going to be a lifelong struggle. The progress that I’ve made so far, and the lack of progress that I’ve made lately, is proof of that for me. So while this journey is never going to really “end” for me, I do still think that it’s both appropriate and motivating to have an “end goal” in mind. In the beginning, it was always 165 pounds. A weight goal. And while I still think that’s a good weight for me to try to aim for, I’m not sure it’s going to be the best way to measure my journey at this point. I’ve been thinking maybe I should reset for a clothing size goal, but then that seems a little vain. What do you guys think?

How do you think someone on a weight loss journey should set their end goals? Should it be a weight goal? A pant- or dress-size goal? A fitness goal? A BMI goal? What’s your opinion and, if you’re on a weight loss journey of your own, what’s your goal?


  1. Happy for you that the weigh-in was better! 🙂
    When setting endpoint goals, I definitely think that, first and foremost, it is important to be healthy (and I’m sure you agree). I don’t think there is any problem with setting a weight goal, as long as you go about reaching it in a healthy way–which you are. And I don’t think that setting a size goal is inappropriately vain either! You’ll know when you have reached your endpoint, whether it be exactly at your “goal” or not. So, I’d say just do what you think is working for you.
    Good job pushing through last week’s weigh-in; keep it up! 🙂

    • Thaaaaaanks, Kristen! Yeah, I guess I’ll meditate on whether or not I really feel the need to “revamp” my goal points or whatever, but I guess for now as long as I keep on trying to work towards SOME kind of goal I’m on the right track, eh?

  2. Back on track and doing great! I can even endure that ‘shameless’ last shot of Harry!

    I think setting an endpoint GOAL for yourself is good…no matter how you define it. But I concur with Kristen above that it is important not to get so fixated on the theoretical goal that you loose sight of the healthy aspect. I concur, in the most empathetic and ‘been there’ way, that weight is going to be a lifetime struggle. But the journey you have made and the self-discovery and self-appreciation that you have done along the way is a major factor in convincing me that you are on top of it and I think you can stay in control of it, rather than it of you!!

    Continue to be very proud of you!!

    • Oh these darn pioneer genes of ours!

  3. I think, as everyone else has said, you just need to get to a point where you are happy, healthy and comfortable with yourself. There is nothing wrong with setting a clothing size goal vs. a hard number weight goal. I think it’s an important realization you’ve made that this is going to be a life-long, continuous “journey” no matter what. This is why “diets” don’t work because they are temporary solutions vs. lifestyle changes: and you are making a lifestyle change!

    • I know that’s so the truth, but I still hate the term “lifestyle change” even though that’s totally what it is! I guess it’s just used so much it’s corny at this point, hahaha. I’m going to try to think up a new, synonymous term for it — help me out, English major! 😉

  4. I’m glad to hear it was such a good weigh-in this week! As for your end goals, think about what your GOAL really is: Is it to have a specific weight? Put on a certain sized jeans? Or is it to feel comfortable in your own skin and have the self-confidence that comes with knowing you look so good? If it’s the latter, which I’d guess it was, then you might ignore the weight. Ignore the jean size. Ignore the speed you can run on the treadmill. Ignore it all. Instead, go with: Feeling proud of yourself when you slip on a favorite pair of jeans. I used to use weight as a goal of mine. It usually also coincided with a jean’s number. I found out that I’d feel craptastic about myself if I was one pound heavier. It was enough to ruin a perfectly good day. Recently, though, I’ve realized I don’t care whether I fit in a size zero or a size 16; what matters is that when I slip on my favorite pair of jeans, I need to feel confident in my outfit. If so, I’m on-target with my weight. If not, then I need to readjust some things. It’s a less harsh goal and it allows for some flexibility in weight and pant size (i.e. Aunt Flo visiting without announcing). Just a thought.

    • I think that the ultimate goal for me is really just what you’re talking about — feeling confident and beautiful in my body, knowing that it’s healthy and strong regardless of whether I end up at 160 pounds, 180 pounds, a size 8 or a size 12. But that’s almost like the next step AFTER where I’m at right now, y’know? First I have to be in a place where I know I *am* healthy, and then I can work on accepting that on an emotional level, hahaha. Thanks for all your encouragement about last week’s weigh-in though, Angie — not sure I’d be so chipper this week without it! 😀

  5. Great job on your weigh in!

    And I love the full frontal dog photo — oh my!!!

    I think it is probably easiest to pick a number for your goal weight only because I think that clothing sizes vary so much that it would be hard to decide if you are at goal or not. Know what I mean? I think there will be a point when you are content/happy/satisfied/thrilled with where you are and that would be a good time to stop. Sometimes focusing on a number isn’t helpful.

    • I really wish I had taken measurements when I first started losing weight — I took official “before” pics, and have been taking “during” pics (in a bikini and all — SHOCK!) but we’ll have to wait and see if I ever get the confidence to actually post those all ups in here. But measurements would have been another really great way to measure progress, especially in these not-so-hot-on-the-scale times. Ah well, c’est la vie.

  6. A weight goal is concrete. When you have achieved it you know it. It’s quantitative. Measurable.
    I like to set my goal to by waist and hip measurements because it’s still a quantitative measurement but it’s not weight which fluctuates a lot depending on things like my strength training, hydration, and running. (It does however take a lot longer to see results in the tape measure)

    Abstract goals are much harder to attain because, if you’re like me, then the struggle is really a mental one. I can’t have a goal to “feel good in ______” because I struggle terribly with body image and I never feel like I look good.

      • I think that’s a huge goal for me, too. Which is why it’s easier for me to say number goals and go by the scale rather than go by me “feeling good”, because forget day by day, that changes minute by minute for me!

  7. Your doggies are adorbs. McKinley also sleeps in that oh-so-classy position & it’s always a joy to wake up next to hahaha.

    I think goal setting is totally dependent on the person. Goals should vary, because body types, etc vary. Setting attainable goals is key. For me, I go by weight, because I would like to lose about 10 pounds. I already wear pretty small clothing sizes, so going down a size, etc wouldn’t be that special to ME, because I don’t really see that as a reward/whatever. For others though, dropping sizes is a perfect way to set goals, because their body type might be really changing…I hope this makes sense?

    • Dogs really know how to class it up, ‘s all I’m sayin’. 🙂

      And I totally agree that goals should vary WIDELY from person to person. Take my sister, for example: she’s 5’2″, so her goal is to lose 5 pounds. For me, 5 pounds is how much my weight can fluctuate on an almost daily basis! I think that this “rule” definitely applies to not comparing ourselves with others’ weight loss triumphs and goals as well. I find myself falling into thinking that having lost 50 pounds so far “isn’t that great” because I still have more weight to lose, and there are bloggers who have lost like 75, 100, 150 pounds out there! Oh the mental traps I fall into so easily…

  8. I think it’s easier to focus on small steps towards health. I’m a certified personal trainer and I had clients that got so caught up in numbers. I think you really have to focus on making small changes one at a time. It’s more fun and less stressful if your goal is something like trying/succeeding at a new activity, a new group class or lifting more weight, drinking more water, trying a new vegetable, sharing a new healthy recipe with friends, etc. I think being the healthiest version of yourself is the best goal you can have because that’s a goal that can last your whole life! 🙂 I also know that for myself, I weighed the same when I graduated high school as I did a year ago (when I was 27) and the younger version of me was a lot softer. LOL. Muscle makes a big difference!

    • That’s a really good point! I hear a lot of people claim that they want to be “back to their high school weight” or the pant size they wore in high school or whatever as their goal, but maybe they’re not really realizing that our bodies have changed SO MUCH since we were in high school — in ways that we probably don’t realize. I mean, there’s a difference between juniors’ and misses’ sizes in dept. store for a reason right?

  9. A number is really hard, because two people that are the same height, might not be able to get to the same number and keep it. I heard BMI is ok, alittle more helpful. But I think you just have to find what works for you, when you are happy and can keep it!

    • Yeah that’s what I was saying to another commenter – people are not just different heights, but have totally different body types! Like, I don’t think it’d be feasible for me to ever get below, gosh, I don’t even know. I bet 145 would be my absolute skinniest limit, cause I have thick bones, yo! But I know women who are my height (5’9″) and are 125, 130, and yeah, they’re skinny but not anorexic-looking or anything by any means. The variations are just crazy.

  10. There are allot of good answers here, I’m glad you asked this question. I’m happy your feeling better this week about yourself. If your happy with how you feel and look I think picking a goal size is fine, or if your like me and must have a number, thats fine too, whatever makes you feel the best about yourself. I have two goals the first is to be 107 lbs ( a healthy wight for me is 108 I’m 4’10”) and the other is to be a size four. I chose two because when I first stated my journey I lost 10 lbs right a way then stalled. I then added exercise and was getting frustrated because the scale wasn’t moving but my clothes were getting loser. Finally my ex wrestler husband explained to me I was gaining muscle and thats why I wasn’t losing weight. Sorry about the book, have a great day

    • I think having two separate, but related, goals is a really good idea! Because I can definitely sympathize. I mean, it feels like I lost all this weight so fast, and then for the past like 2, 3 months it’s been hard to eek out 1/2 a pound each week! But I don’t FEEL like my progress has slowed down… it just seems like it has. Maybe by having a weight goal as well as a non-scale related goal it’d help me keep better perspective as long as I’m working towards one of them at any given time?

  11. For me personally, I have a set of goals including a number because it’s quantifiable and is a marker of progress. Other goals include improving my running pace, hitting a new half marathon PR, feeling comfortable enough at yoga to hit a studio regularly and progress to harder classes, and feeling comfortable in a bathing suit/bikini.

    I especially like my running/yoga goals because I feel like there’s always room for improvement – even if I hit a “goal” weight, I can still work at getting faster, stronger, etc. I’ve had weeks of no loss or small gains but have seen myself get faster or better at hills. It helps quiet the “you failed” demon voice that nags at me when the scale doesn’t budge.

    What I love most about this journey is that I’ve changed as a person – the running especially. I used to loathe the idea of running. It felt out of reach when I was at my heaviest and even when I began to lose.

    Now, I enjoy it and even find myself going out for runs because I want to do it, not because it’s my workout. I want to experience the sun on my skin, the breeze at my back, feel my head clear and hit the runner’s high. Don’t feel that way yet about anything else (biking, cardio machines, lifting) – only running. Yoga helps me feel strong and at peace but doesn’t feel the same as running.

    Overall, I just want to get to a place where I stop picking on myself, stop critiquing myself for not being thin enough. It may be a long-life journey but I’m closer to it now than I was 2 years ago so that’s progress right?

    • Oh gosh, I dream about the change where I’ll finally start truly craving activity and exercise. I know that’ll be a change where I can really look back at myself and be like, “Hot damn girl, who are you?” Hahaha. Maybe one day… for now, I guess it’ll still be about the small victories until another mental makeover happens (I consider my attitude towards food changing so much as my first!)

      And yes, I think that for all women, getting to a place where we can start loving our bodies regardless of how big or small or toned or flabby (ha!) we are is the ultimate goal. One day… maybe… 🙂

  12. So here’s my deal . . .

    Years ago (about five) my starting weight was 215lbs. At first I thought my goal would be to get to 165 too. Then I got down to 155lbs and I was thrilled!!!!

    But I still remember telling my trainer that I wanted to lose 15 more lbs. He told me I was crazy and that my body structure could only handle some extra 10lbs lost. At most.

    Then I moved from my beautiful West Coast city to a Rocky Mountain town that made me feel blue all the time. It wasn’t walking friendly. I didn’t know what to do with myself. And I would often sit home alone and cry.

    You can, I’m sure, imagine that the pounds kept on packing on. And I ended up hitting 199 this past March. Since then I’ve taken control again and I’m right now down to just aboout 191. Thankfully, the stress fracture on my foot (what caused me to gain the last 15lbs) is now gone so I can begin ramping up the weight loss again.

    Now my goal weight is 145. But having been down this route before, I can honestly say that you will FEEL when you’ve hit your happy weight. There’s this undeniable sense at the heart of your very being that is undescribable!

    I’m looking forward to getting there again! 🙂

    Oh and can I just say that the BMI index sucks the big one? According to it, when I was 155 I was overweight. Anyone that saw me would tell you that it’s not true. We’re not all made alike and the BMI index fails to recognize that.

    • You know, I keep hearing that about the BMI system! And I have to say, on a personal level I agree that it seems really unfair. At 5’9″, knowing how I’ve looked in the past, I can say that at 165 I’d be in the best shape of my LIFE, and maybe if I was toned enough even be what some people consider “thin”. But according to BMI, I’d still be borderline overweight, whereas if I weighed 128 lbs I’d be in the “normal” range — but I know I’d look like Skelator! I’d be interested in hearing what RDs and medical doctors think about the BMI system, given that it doesn’t have any room to account for bone density or body type, just height & weight really.

  13. great u lost that weight again!
    I would DEFINITELY say go by clothes size, as you will gain some pounds in form of muscels. For me, it was always more accurate to do that instead of going by the scale. Nothing beats a jeans-measurement 😉

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