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Posted on Feb 14, 2014 in Dear Diary, Pup Posts, Weigh Ins, Weight Loss | 12 comments

Snowpocalypse 4.5 (Weigh-in)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

So I can’t actually remember at this point how many Snowmageddons and Snowpocalypses and Snowtastrophes we’ve had here in the DMV, but I know that over the past few years, it’s been a lot. Yesterday’s epic snowfall was absolutely no different, with some areas around here getting well over a FOOT of snow in one fell swoop.

I actually LOVE snow, which should probably come as no surprise given the fact that I used to live in places like Canada and Poland (where this kind of snow is like chump change) aaaand the fact that I work from home and so snow doesn’t impact my ability to get to work (sowwyyyy). Unfortunately, along with the snow, Winter Storm Pax has also brought flight cancelations for both my mom and my sister-in-law’s planned trips, as well as dogs who refuse to go more than three feet into the yard.

To be fair, I get that the snow comes up to their chins… but I would still prefer it if they didn’t force me to physically toss them into the snow just to go number one. Luckily, at least one of the schnauzers in this family is enjoying the snow…

That’s my brother’s puppy Pixel (or Daxter 2, since we accidentally call him Daxter so often, hahaha) and at least HE knows how to have a good snow day! 🙂

ANYWAY, enough chitchat about the weather. I know what you guys are all waiting for, so let’s get down to business, shall we?

(Re)Starting Weight: 236.6 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 229.6
This Weigh-in: 227.5 lbs
Difference: -2.1 lbs

Whoop whoop! Whaddya know, I guess all that snow shoveling ended up being worth it, eh? My scale is actually kind of an a-hole, because when I first stepped on it said I had lost like 9 pounds and the emotional rollercoaster that followed went something like this:

“OMG!! YAY!”
“…wait. That’s probably not possible.”
*Steps off scale, steps back on.*

So yes, my scale kind of robbed me of the initial joy from this mere 2-lb loss, but I now have my head back on straight and I am totally psyched to see it. This brings my total weight lost so far up to 9 pounds and my % lost up to 3.85%! (We’re keeping track of percentages for the Yelp’s Biggest Loser challenge at work.)

I actually wasn’t sure what I’d see on the scale today after a week of kiiiind of uneven eats. Calorie-wise I was still doing pretty well each day, but I fully admit to making some baaaaad choices on the food front nutrition-wise… like how I may or may not have eaten an entire bag of ketchup flavored chips that my friend brought me from Canada for dinner last night. #oops

Sidenote: I can’t decide if it would be better or worse for me if they actually sold ketchup chips here. On the one hand, I’d be able to get them all the time, but on the other hand, I think they would be far less enticing if I could. Hrm.

ANYWAY, the point is I’m very happy with this weigh-in and hopefully will only continue to see steady progress like that throughout this journey. And that’s where I’ll leave it for this week. I’m actually finding that I have to be very careful about how much time I dedicate to thinking about my weight loss progress this time around, because it’s so easy for me to get discouraged… especially once I start thinking about the weight that I had lost before (and since regained). Here’s a tip: don’t go searching through your Flickr archives for pictures to use in a post unless you are emotionally prepared to see how awesome you looked -60 pounds and are able to get past them without fixating, haha.

But! As I know VERY well from past experience, trying to lose too quickly and look for that quick-fix solution ALWAYS ends up backfiring and biting me in the ass, so I just have to keep on keeping on. And hey, on the bright side, this is definitely giving me new perspective as to how fit and awesome I looked at 186 pounds! I feel like when I was at that weight, it still wasn’t good enough for me, and I was always trying to focus on the NEXT 20 pounds. But hot damn, right now if I wouldn’t be happy just to make it back to the 180s and see how I feel after that.

Onward, right?

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Posted on Feb 7, 2014 in Weigh Ins, Weight Loss | 6 comments

On With the Show (Weigh-in)

Hey there, neighbors!

I hope you’ve all had an eventful and productive week! I know I have… I’m currently working on planning a large promotion here in Northern Virginia (Yelp’s Passport to Mosaic! — keep your eyes akimbo for more news about it soon, since it’ll be open to ERRRRRYBODY!) and spent the first three days of this week in nonstop meetings and calls. Whew! I mean, I appreciate having a reason to get out of the house (and out of my jammies) as much as the next person, but boy, do I feel like I’ve deserved this weekend.

Except, it won’t exactly be the relaxing, no-plans weekend that I would ideally have laid out in front of me, since things kick off tomorrow with a 5K! My first 5K, in fact, since — hooooo boy — I don’t even know when the last race I participated in was. I think it honestly might have been Reach the Beach… wowzers. Anyway, I’ve been upping my running game little by little over the past month or so, but we’ll have to see how it goes A) running outside (I’ve been doing all treadmill running so far) and B) being back in a race environment again for the first time in over a year. But since this particular race, the Cupid Run, seems like it’ll be on the smaller, more intimate side, hopefully it’ll be a good one to get back in the game with.

Plus, everyone who runs gets a pair of heart-shaped deely boppers! #worthit

Anyway, onto the main event:

(Re)Starting Weight: 236.6 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 230.7
This Weigh-in: 229.6 lbs
Difference: -1.1 lbs

Whoop! I’ll take it! Consider me officially out of the 230s and continuing to wind my way dooooown. This week brought with it another bout of eating difficulties due to the metal braces strapped to the back of my teeth, further educating me in the types of things I can and cannot eat.

For example:

Sandwiches made with any kind of delicious, crusty bread are out. So clearly, this is going to be the real key of my weight loss.

ANYWAY. While unfortunately non-Wonder Bread sandwiches may be out, Peking Duck, which we went out for last night in celebration of my mama’s birthday, surprisingly is still in!

To which I say, “Thank GOODNESS!” because Peking Duck is outrageously delicious. And totally worth the 15 minutes I spent brushing and flossing my teeth afterwards to get stuff out of my braces.

Alas, I do think that this uneven eating schedule, as well as the uneven amounts that I’m able to eat — partially due to just physically being able to eat at all, and partially due to the ridonkulously slow speed at which I am able to consume things — isn’t doing me any favors in the weight loss department. Which actually sucks, because I would much rather have easy weight loss as a side effect of these things, over, you know, tongue ulcers and stuff.

Of course, I also have a sneaking suspicion that my body is just being spiteful about making it go through this all again, so there’s that. But after 25 years of weight fluctuations, diets, “diets,” and all the other crap I’ve put it through, I can’t really blame it for not behaving properly. Which is why I just gotta keep doing what I’m doing, try to get back to my regularly scheduled programming, and hope that things even out eventually.

Anyway, another pound down is another pound down, and while it’s hard not to feel like my progress has been slowing over the past couple of weeks, I’m trying to take your advice and stay positive. After all, just as many of you accurately pointed out, weight loss may come down to a “formula” (calories in vs. calories out) but we all know that results don’t always adhere to a schedule.

And so, it’s on with the show we go! Onward, downward, and so on, and so forth. Allons-y!

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Posted on Jan 31, 2014 in Food, Giveaway, Weigh Ins, Weight Loss | 9 comments

Winners and Losers (Weigh-in)

Today has been kind of nutso on the work front, with me dashing into DC for a meeting and then settling into House of Steep in Arlington (my new favorite place evarrrrr!) for the rest of the afternoon to work with my coworkers, but I wanted to pop in and give you a quick update nonetheless.

First up, I have the winners of the Cooking with Greek Yogurt cookbook giveaway! As plucked out of the lineup by my random giveaway winner plugin, let us congratulate…

Jen Mitchell: I like to make a breakfast parfait with plain Greek yogurt, fruit, and some cereal. Boring but it sticks with me all morning.


April: I use plain greek yogurt in my mac and cheese. It makes it really creamy and adds some protein. So good!

Whoop whoop! Congrats ladies! Email me your full name and address — gretchen@honeyishrunkthegretchen.com!

So there’s the “winners” portion of this update, so let’s move right onto the “loser” half, shall we?

(Re)Starting Weight: 236.6 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 231.0
This Weigh-in: 230.7 lbs
Difference: -0.3 lbs

Alas. While yes, technically that’s still a loss, I have to admit I’m pretty disappointed. Aside from my anniversary dinner on Saturday, I was under my calorie goals every day this week! In fact, due to my new braces and inability to eat, my calorie counts have been looking especially impressive over the past few days.


Blargh. I know that weight loss isn’t an exact equation and there are lots of different factors and blah blah blah, but I’m still disappointed. I was really just hoping to keep the momentum going. After all, how am I supposed to win Yelp’s Biggest Loser with 0.3 pound totals?!

Aaaaanyway, there’s no point in dwelling. I’m just going to move on, keep on doing what I’m doing, pray that I’ll be able to eat solid foods again soon, and blame this mood-dampening weigh-in on my period.

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Posted on Jan 24, 2014 in Weigh Ins, Weight Loss | 12 comments

Onward We Go (Weigh-in)

Good Friday, friends! I’ll keep this one short and sweet since I’m sure we’re all eager to get our weekends going, but just a few things before I get to the deeply humiliating good stuff.

Firstly, thank you all so much for your incredible support through my last few extremely emo, extremely wordy, scarily honest posts. I spoke a lot about how terrifying this process is for me the second time around, but it makes it so much easier knowing how awesome my readers are, so thank you for that.

Secondly, to make up for said posts, here is a gif of a cat petting a rabbit:

Thirdly, I wanted to share with you the most recent addition to my healthy journey toolbag:

I got a Fitbit Flex! I had a Nike+ Fit that my brother got for me a couple of years ago, but I stopped using it for a long time (clearly) and when I tried to boot it back up, it didn’t seem like it was reading accurately anymore. Plus, it doesn’t track as much stuff as the Flex. So after a little bit of comparison between the Fitbit Flex and the Jawbone UP (it was a close call!), I decided on this slick-looking do-dad. So far I really love the My Fitness Pal integration and the sleep tracking, and as I get more accustomed to wearing it I’ll be sure to come back with a more robust review!

Okie doke, well, I guess there’s nothing else left except for You-Know-What.

(Re)Starting Weight: 236.6 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 233.4
This Weigh-in: 231.0 lbs
Difference: -2.4 lbs

Another decent loss that I’m pretty happy about. I mean, not like, happy-happy, since I’m not thrilled about my weight in general right now, but at least I’m still headed in the right direction. Onward, downward, and all that jazz. And tonight, Sean is taking me out to dinner for our 2-year anniversary, so here’s hoping I don’t undo all of this in one fell swoop!

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Posted on Jan 17, 2014 in Dear Diary, Food, Weigh Ins, Weight Loss | 30 comments

Deja Vu All Over Again (Weigh-in)


That’s the number that I found myself face to face with (well, more like face to ground, since I was standing on a scale at that time) back in August, 2010. That is the number that caused my breath to catch in my lungs, the tears to well up in my eyes, and reality to hit me square in the chest. It’s the number that, nearly three and a half years ago, made my life literally come to a halt.

And thank God it did.

Because the life I was living at the time? Just having broken up with my first serious long-term boyfriend (for the first time… but that entire ordeal is, of course, another story)? Fresh out of one job that I absolutely hated, but into another one that was as boring as the last one had been horrible? A couch potato so lazy that I made other sedentary people look like marathoners? The not-so-proud owner of a myriad of serious food issues? That life was not so good.

So, it took me until I reached my highest (known) weight of 246 pounds for me to wake up and finally say, “Enough.” You know the story: I asked my brother to help me create a website, I posted my weight on the internet to humiliate myself keep myself accountable, and I actually — miraculously — started to turn things around.

Slowly but surely, the pounds started to come off and I started to grow up (a little, at least… I think), and one day I found myself 60 pounds lighter than when I started. But I still had the boyfriend issues (shockingly, it turns out, he wasn’t “The One” by a looooongshot), and I still had the boring job, and every day was still a struggle for me not to fall back into my old habits. I had to keep fighting not to backslide.

So when I did finally start to focus on those other, not as stellar parts of my life, it should come as no surprise to you all that I did start to backslide. It was just a little at first. A few extra pounds crept on, and I noticed but I told myself it wasn’t a big deal. Five extra pounds on a frame like mine? Nobody’ll even notice. Except… five eventually turned into ten. And ten turned into fifteen. And before I knew it…

I was almost right back to where I started.

Don’t get me wrong, some amazing things happened while those pounds were silently becoming part of my life again. I found an amazing new guy, I got my dream job, discovered how awesome it is to have unnatural colored hair, and, dude, I wrote a freaking book. But I had stopped making my health a priority — I’d stopped really caring at all. With everything else suddenly vying for my attention instead, the fight for my health just stopped seeming important.

Of course, all of those things are not an excuse for letting myself go, and I promise, I’m really not trying to make excuses at all. What happened happened, and now I’m back here, with my focus once again trained on my health. But, as my very wise and beautiful friend Cassie pointed out in her comment on my weight gain admittance post, maybe since now all those other things ARE right this time, juuuust maybe the fitness and the weight loss and, most importantly, the health stuff will stick around for the long run.

It took a lot of courage for me to post my weight on the internet three and a half years ago. I was terrified to do it. But, I gotta tell you, maybe it’s because hindsight is 20/20 (just like my vision is now, BOOM! Actually, j/k, my vision is 20/15 now. DOUBLE BOOM!), but it feels 80,000 times more mortifying to admitting my weight this time around.

Maybe it’s because I know I have coworkers reading now, or because there are more people reading in general, or maybe (most likely) it has something to do with the whole “I already failed once” thing… but I’m not going to dive too deeply into that now. This post is already heavy enough. The point is, even in my initial admittance post, I was too scared to admit my weight. I used a couple of vague statements to give a little perspective about how much I had regained, but I didn’t use any actual numbers. And, c’mon, you have to admit that was crappy of me, right?! I mean, I’m the girl that posts her weight on the internet so that God and her mother and all of her high school frenemies can see exactly how much she weighs, every week. I’m the girl that wants to help tear down the idea that a number can own anybody. And yet, I’m a girl who was scared of a frakking number?! Boourns.

Well, since you were all way too nice to call me out for that, I’ll do it myself: Gretchen, that was total BS. Own up to your number, and then take it DOWN. Literally. So, here we go. And, let me just say, that while some might consider this to be a sliiiight cop-out, since I waited until my first actual weigh-in (and thus, loss) to post my digits… Well, at least I’m still doing it.

Deep breaths, Gretchen. Deep breaths…

(Re)Starting Weight: 236.6 lbs
This Weigh-in: 233.4 lbs
Difference: -3.2 lbs

Yes, I gained back all but ten — just TEN — of the pounds I fought tooth and nail to lose. I regained FIFTY pounds. And I absolutely hate that I did. I won’t lie, it’s really, really hard not to hate myself for it. But as much as I wish I could time-travel back to every bad food decision and just straight up slap each hoagie, burrito, and pizza slice out of my hands, I can’t. All I can do is move forward, and hopefully downward, as I continue on this journey.

But hey, at least losing 3.2 pounds isn’t too terrible of a way to start, right?

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