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Posted on Jan 12, 2014 in Dear Diary, Weigh Ins, Weight Loss | 43 comments

Yelp’s Biggest Loser & New Beginnings

Wellps, Happy 2014, friendos!

I hope that your new years are starting off with a bang. Mine has already gotten off to a pretty stellar start, with a few minor (read: not really minor) exceptions. I’ll spare you the photo details for 2014’s first traumatic event, but it entailed my little pup Daxter getting into a dog fight with a much, much bigger dog and having to go to the emergency vet (for, yes, the 5th time in his not-even-4-year-old life). Thankfully, he’s okay, but since those of you who have been around for a while now know how much I looooove my dogs, you can imagine that it was not really a fun time for anybody involved.

The second big happening of the new year is a totally different kind of traumatic, but it does come with photos, so there’s that. See, you wise readers probably haven’t been ignorant of the fact that I’ve basically been ignoring the topic of my weight for the past, oh, I don’t know, year. Which, granted, is pretty sucky of me because this blog is LITERALLY about weight loss. (Okay, sure, it’s also about food and life and dogs and photos and stuff, but the title of the blog has the word “shrunk” in it, so let’s just face facts.)

I’ve been skirting the issue for the better part of a year, so I’m sure it comes as no surprise to you that I have re-gained a lot of the weight I had formerly lost. Almost all of it, in fact. And, honestly, finally admitting that out loud makes me want to crawl into a hole forever and ever and ever. I mean, sure, chalk it up to the new job, or being in a happy relationship, or just the fact that, despite all I’ve done to try and change my mindset, I still just love food too damn much — whatever the reasons, here I am again. And, whether it was because I was in denial, or I was too busy, or I just plain didn’t care, I haven’t done a thing about it. Until now.

happy relationship gut

I used to say that there was no “Aha!” moment that motivated me for my weight loss the first time around. There was no snide comment, no bad photo, nothing specific that finally pushed me into being able to turn my super unhealthy life around, things just finally got to be too much. Well, that’s not really how it happened this time. No, this time, it was more like the entire universe was screaming at me to get going again… while I was sticking my fingers in my ears and going “Lalalalalalalala,” hoping that it would all just go away.

But you can’t fight the universe, bro.

And so when my wonderful Yelp coworker Kimberly informed me that she would be participating in the 2014 Yelp’s Biggest Loser challenge, AND I got asked to participate in an upcoming Cupid 5K run, AND after leafing through all the photos of myself from recent Yelp events, I couldn’t find a single one that didn’t make me want to cry, I finally pulled my fingers out of my ears and my head out of my ass.

hohohorrible before photo

(Sidenote: I don’t really consider it a benefit of the job that I am professionally photographed at least once a month — NOBODY is attractive when they are caught mid-sentence whilst giving a speech. I just want to put that out there.)

Bottom line: Yes, I regained a lot of weight. Yes, it blows. But it’s a brand new year, right? And with the Biggest Loser challenge, the upcoming 5K, my new gym membership (thanks mom & dad!), and the support that I know I can count on from you on… I mean, hey, if I can do it once…

then and then

So, in the end, this long, wordy, loooong overdue post is basically here to say:

I hope you’ll stick around for the ride. Again.

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Posted on Mar 20, 2013 in Weigh Ins, Weight Loss | 3 comments

Quick Check-In (Weigh-in)

I’ve been having site issues up the wazoo today, since my host server (DreamHost) evidently had a datacenter spontaneously combust (not really), the effects of which have been affecting sites all over the interwebs. So! Assuming that my site will stay up for at least long enough to finish this post (keep your fingers crossed), I just wanted to get a quick weigh-in posted. Here we go!

Starting Weight: 246 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 193.9 lbs
This Weigh-in: 192.1 lbs
Difference: -1.8 lbs

Dum da dum dum, still on the way down! Slow & steady, and that’s just fiiiine by me! There really isn’t that much more to say, I guess?

Apologies I don’t have anything else exciting to post about today. Life is, y’know, life! It’s good, but not particularly eventful this week. But if you’re looking for a semi-interesting post (and if my other site stays up, too!), you should check out my writing blog post from yesterday! Especially if you think stuff having to do with book covers and/or stock photos is interesting… or if you have read any of the Obsidian/Onyx/Opal books by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Check it out by clicking here.

Also, I actually have a–gasp!–recipe headed your way tomorrow, so stay tuned for that!

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Posted on Mar 6, 2013 in Dear Diary, Weigh Ins, Weight Loss | 41 comments

Snowquester (Weigh-in)

Hello there my Wednesday compadres — are you currently experiencing the effects of Winter Storm Saturn? Even though it’s March, which MEANS IT SHOULD BE HEADING TOWARDS SPRING, we are currently experiencing the most snow we’ve received all season here in the metropolitan DC area. Plus side? I’m working from home today, which means schnauzers in my lap and frequent ukulele breaks.

So I figure I’ll cut right to the chase with the weigh-in for today, since the weigh-in itself informs what I want to talk about/ask you guys today. YE BE WARNED: This is a full-scale TMI kind of post, so if bathroom-related things make you squeamish, I suggest you X out now. No hard feelings. Heh.

Ooookay, here we go…!

Starting Weight: 246 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 193.8 lbs
This Weigh-in: 193.9 lbs
Difference: +0.1 lbs

So. No loss. I don’t count 0.1 pounds as a gain, but if you do, well, there it is. However, I’m really not too broken up about this, and I have a reason not to be. (Though, honestly, at this point I’ve been blogging about my weight for so long that it takes a pretty serious move in either direction to get me really worked up these days.) Anyway, I’m not too saddened by my not-loss, because I have this distinct feeling that I did actually lose a smidge, it’s just not showing up.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, that this is just the deluded kind of self-talk that professional weight-losers-and-regainers like yours truly tell themselves. And normally, I’d probably agree with you. You know I don’t really make excuses when it comes to my weigh-ins. If I lost, I lost because I did some things right, and if I gained, it’s probably because I ate pizza 3/7 nights the previous week. The only times I tend to get actually annoyed/upset/dumbfounded by gains (or not-losses) is if I did everything “right” and still don’t see any results. And, of course, that does tend to happen occasionally because our bodies are douchebags and sometimes they just like to screw with our feelings.

But! In this case, I actually do have a pretty hearty suspicion as to why the scale hasn’t appeared to budge in the past two weeks. And that, my friends, brings us around to our bathroom discussion. See, I’ve been, um… not… able… to do stuff… (please don’t make me actually say it) for a few days now. It’s actually getting pretty bad. I feel bloated and heavy and thus SUPER ATTRACTIVE, and it’s generally really uncomfortable. I am going to guess that the obvious culprit is the huge decrease in the amount of grains and carbs in my diet, as I’ve increased my protein and fat amounts. Shocking, I’m sure. I’m hoping that it’s just my body taking some time to figure itself out, and I’m also hoping that the pound of roasted brussels sprouts I had for dinner last night will help set things in serious motion. But even if this particular… episode… bout… thing… resolves itself soon, I’m thinking I’m going to need to start paying attention to my fiber intake. Perhaps even look into taking a fiber supplement of some kind? The crappy thing about fiber is that it seems to wreak havoc on your system whether you have too little OR too much. Tricksy, tricksy little hobbitses.

Do you ever experience fiber issues? Take a fiber supplement? I’m especially interested in hearing from any of you that operate on paleo-like diets, or anything that’s higher in fat and protein, but really anybody should feel free to add their two cents (provided you haven’t run screaming for the hills yet).

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Posted on Feb 20, 2013 in Weigh Ins, Weight Loss | 20 comments

Sugar, Sugar (Weigh-in)

Preface: You are all MOST welcome for the fact that you have the “Sugar, Sugar” song stuck in your heads now. And if you DON’T know the song and would like to be included, just watch the following video. Gwahahahahahaha!

Hi everyone! Just popping in for a quick post to announce this week’s weigh in (see, I’m already doing better!). I’ve really taken the past week, and my Lenten decision to give up desserts, to reevaluate my diet as a whole. I figured, since I’m giving up sweets, I might as well experiment with reducing all the excess sugar in my life. The first few days were pretty hellish, as I didn’t even realize I had become THAT sugar dependent. We’re talking full-on detox: the shakes, the sweats, the headache. Oy. But! Things have started to stablize a little with me, and clearly it was one of those annoyingly necessary evils, because look!

Starting Weight: 246 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 196.0 lbs
This Weigh-in: 193.8 lbs
Difference: -2.2 lbs

Whoooo! A full two pounds down! And since, according to my last weigh-in, it took me over a month to lose the last two, I deem this a ROUSING success! I’m feeling really good about my weight loss this time around, and I feel even better about actually taking the time to truly experiment with what kind of food ratios my body responds to. As I talked about in yesterday’s post, I’m starting put a really big emphasis on protein, which is an obvious one, but, of cousre, there’s still that other macronutrient in play. One that I’ve long avoided, but that I really am trying to strike up a relationship with again.

Yep, I’m talking about FAT. (BUMBUMBUM!) Ah, fat. The horrible word that most of us weight-strugglers have come to identify as being more evil than most curse words. But of course, I’m not talking about the “Yo’ mama so fat…” kind of fat. I’m talking about the kind that you eat. And in fact, there’s a lot of good fat to eat in this world, so I’m trying to fight against 20+ years of indoctrination and embrace a diet that includes plentiful healthy fats.

I’m increasing the amounts of avocado, coconut, salmon, eggs, nuts, and full-fat yogurt and cheese in my diet (while still being conscientious of my calories, of course), and trying to put a serious dent in my carb addiction. Which means I’m taking a bit of a break from refined carbs like pasta and bread (well, as much as a break as I’m able, haha). I’m also currently reading the book Eat Fat, Lose Fat, which I actually bought like a zillion years ago but never got around to reading all the way through. So far it basically seems like one giant love letter to coconut (not that that’s necessarily a bad thing) but the book makes some good points, and I’m excited to try out some of the tips offered within.

So, things are definitely starting off strongly, and I feel really good about getting back down to my lowest adult weight of 186 pounds very soon. The last time I hit that weight was in October 2011 so it’ll only have taken me like a year and a half to get back there! Hahaha…haha….ha… oh, I made myself sad.

Can you tell I’ve been watching a lot of Colbert Report lately? He’s such a genius. Anyway! MOVING ON. I know there’s no point in dwelling on the wouldacouldashouldas. Instead, I need to focus on the onwardanddownwards, right? So, onward and downward… and off we go!

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Posted on Feb 13, 2013 in Dear Diary, Weigh Ins, Weight Loss | 30 comments

Ash Wednesday Weigh-in

Happy Lent, everybody! Actually, I don’t know if that’s a thing people say, but I’m saying it anyway. So there.

I know it’s been a while last since my last official weigh-in, which probably seems lame given my last big ol’ sanctimonious speech about kicking my weight loss back off and whatnot, and I’m sure I have about 50 excuses I could throw at you, not the least of which is the flu that knocked me out of commission for over a week. But! I’m not going to bother with the excuses because that is just so 2012, and instead I’m just going to go ahead and focus on the right now. And what we’re doing right now is weighing in.

Starting Weight: 246 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 198.1 lbs
This Weigh-in: 196.0 lbs
Difference: -2.1 lbs

Hey, whaddya know! A loss! Granted, given the fact that it’s been a month since I last weighed in, that’s actually not that great. And I was hoping for something a little more dramatic But! It’s not a gain, it’s a loss, and every pound down is… another pound down. Or, you know, something more profound. Heh.

I won’t lie–I’m kind of hoping that my body is still a little out of whack after the aforementioned flu, wherein I lost like 7 pounds in as many days, and then gained them all back. So my inner optimistic is telling me that maybe I lost just a wee bit more, it’s just that my body is balancing back out. And while I know that probably is just wishful thinking, there was also that whole thing where I essentially spent all of Saturday eating my face off, so I guess the price had to be paid somehow (totally worth it though, I should add).

I’ve been pretty good about tracking my calories on my iPhone, and I’ve been back to CrossFit a few times as well and am working back up to the point where a single class doesn’t wreck my quads for five days (seriously, I actually have to brace myself on the toilet just to sit down on it, it is tres pathetic). So I’m optimistic about how things will go from here, and I’m just going to keep plugging along. Of course, in addition to the same-ol’ same-ol’ good stuff, I’ll also have a new undertaking that should help me along my way: Lent! (I think some of you probably saw where I was going with this.)

In years past I’ve given up everything from soda to fast food to going full-on vegan for Lent (that last one didn’t end up working out so well on the weight-loss front… turns out that french fries are still vegan!). And while I generally am never one to say that completely cutting something out of your life works for long-term weight loss, I think that the Lenten period is the perfect amount of time for a sacrifice like this. It’s long enough that it’s challenging, which serves as the reminder for why you’re giving up what you’re giving up, but it’s not neverending. So there’s the whole light at the end of the tunnel thing.

So, with all that said, this year for Lent I am giving up…


Yep, I will be going the next 40 days (or whatever the actual timeline is) without cakes, cookies, chocolates, candy… the whole desserty shebang. It’s funny, I never used to have much of a sweet tooth, always preferring savory snacks like chips or fries to dessert, but in recent years I have become a RAGING sweets-eating machine. It’s been bad-news bears, because desserts in particular are so calorically concentrated with little nutritional value, and the SUGAR itself is super detrimental to my weight loss (and energy levels, and general health, and mood, and, like, everything).

I don’t really follow the Lenten rules where you’re allowed to partake in what you’ve given up on Sundays or whatever, so this will be like a straight-up 40-day dessert detox. I’ve actually been seeing a LOT of people giving up sugar-related things this Lenten season, so I figure I’ll be in good company. And fortunately, Easter comes before my birthday this year, so while I know that’s totally not the point of any of this, I’m not gonna lie–I’m pretty happy that I’ll still be able to have a birthday treat. It will almost undoubtedly come in the form of a Georgetown Cupcake… with a fondant mockingjay on top. (Guess I should probably actually start planning out my Quarter Quell soon, eh?)

Aaaaaanyway, in commemoration of both my weigh-in and my first day sans-sweets (which is going very well so far, but then again it’s only 8:45), here is a song that I recorded the other day on my newest impulse purchase. Yuuuup, I bought a ukulele, and it is the best thing I’ve ever done ever in the world of ever. Super easy to learn (I already play the guitar) — I recorded this video roughly half an hour after coming home with my new toy, if that says anything.

The song is, rather fittingly, entitled, “The Happy Song” and it is by Kate Micucci. Also, it was on Scrubs, which is all you really need to know to confirm it’s amazingness.

Do you “do” Lent? What are you giving up?

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