Try, Try Again (Weigh-in)
So, evidently, despite the fact that my diet for the past week has been approximately 83% chocolate-coated, I had a pretty good weigh-in this morning! With all the Hurricane Sandy stuff (we were very lucky and were basically unscathed — didn’t even lose power! — but my work was closed for two days. I hope you’re doing okay if you were affected by the storm!), I kind of forgot that yesterday was Wednesday. Thus, I forgot to weigh in. Forgetting the day also means I will have an overflowing trashcan very shortly (Wednesdays are our trash pickup days, oops).
Anyway, let’s get straight to it, shall we?
Starting Weight: 246 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 199.1 lbs
This Weigh-in: 198.0 lbs
Difference: -1.1 lbs
Woot, another loss and another pound down! To be honest, the slow-going nature of my weight loss this time around is definitely not always sunshine and rainbows. Don’t get me wrong, it’s certainly more encouraging than the constant up-down-up-down yo-yoing I was doing before my summer weight (re)gain, but now that I’m actually only weighing in every two weeks, we’re really only looking at an average of like, half a pound per week. Which is progress, for sure, but it is SLOW progress. And sometimes, slow progress can be less motivating than no progress at all.
Feel like that’s backwards logic? Well, it is. But lemme ‘splain. See, on those weeks when I stagnate, or when I gain a little back, it’s extra motivating for me to try even harder for my next weigh-in. I tell myself that next time will be better, I’ll get it “right” next time. And then, usually, barring multiple birthday celebrations, or a really bad week at work, or any of the other 19823750382 excuses that I have ready and waiting at all times, I do. And then I’ll experience some miraculous 4-pound loss or something, feel triumphant, and have the juice to keep going! But when my weight loss comes off in these achingly slow, incremental bits, it’s more like “Yayyyy, another loss… well, guess I’ll just keep on truckin’…” which isn’t a bad mentality, it’s just not a particularly exciting one. Especially given how I’m used to reacting to my weigh-ins, which is usually with a lot of fanfare and drama. You know, not knowing what to expect, cursing the world, or jumping for joy, all that stuff. Not just like, “Oh, cool.”
I guess one of the things I’m having a hard time swallowing this time around is the idea that what has worked for me in the past might not work in the same way anymore. Repeating the exact actions I took to lose 60 pounds during my first go isn’t going to magically make me lose another 60 pounds. My body has adapted to my new lifestyle, and things change. I’m still losing, but it’s not this woot-or-boo cycle that it was in the past: 4 pounds down, 3 pounds up, woot, boo, cheer, cry. Nope. I’m still incorporating a lot of the same concepts as before, but because I never completely reverted back to my old, former lifestyle (tons of binge eating, junk food, eating my feelings, and endless TV marathons… er, actually, I never stopped doing that last one. Whoops.) it’s not really the same.
I’ve always been pretty honest in providing my opinion that 90% of weight loss comes from what you eat. Even now, as I’m struggling to lose the weight I’ve regained over the summer, it’s really difficult because I’m not able to make the same kind of big changes to my diet that I could the first time. Calorie counting REALLY worked for me in the beginning. I used the Calorie Count app, and set a general limit of anywhere from 1,200 – 1,800 calories/day. I would usually try to aim for around 1,500, but wouldn’t beat myself up if I went over, and wouldn’t try to “make it up” if I came in under. I didn’t even start thinking about fitness/gym stuff until after I had already lost a significant amount of weight — at least 20, 25 pounds? — which is when I started training for my first 5K.
The main things I did was cleaned up my eating (eliminated junk food, did away with processed frozen meals like Lean Cuisines and stuff cause they weren’t satisfying enough and full of sodium), started packing a lunch and snacks for myself every day for work (this is the big thing I’m trying to get back into now), and started eating breakfast (which I had to FORCE myself to do, because I was so used to not eating at all until like 11 or 12 each day). And aside from lapsing quite a bit in the bring-my-lunch department, I still do those things. I did regain some weight because my portion control slipped, but it’s not like I went back to stuffing my face with Baconators every day. So, having decided to continue with my weight loss efforts, it’s still a little harder. Because I didn’t have as many changes to make this time around. I didn’t need to do a complete overhaul of my diet again, because my diet was already reformed.
I guess what I’m just trying to get at here is, for anyone who is trying to lose weight, remember this: different things are going to work for different people differently, and the things that work for you at first might not work forever. But don’t lose heart! Progress is as progress does, even if it’s slow. And I’m still on track, still losing, and feeling pretty damn good about keeping it off this time.
Have you found that certain weight loss habits you’ve employed in the past have lost their effectiveness as time has worn on? Or maybe you’re like me, and you have restarted your weight loss only to find that your progress isn’t quite the same?