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Posted on Sep 1, 2011 in Dear Diary, Weight Loss | 55 comments

Septembering My Resolve

Jeebus.

How in tarnation is it already September? It really is true that you lose all concept of time once you’re out of school (milk it for all it’s worth, kids!)

Since it’s still not technically Autumn yet (I go by the solstices. Come on, September 23rd!) I’m not going to do the customary “Things I Love About Fall” post quite yet. Don’t get me wrong, I do love Fall! But even though things in DC have cooled down a touch as of late, it is still very much Summer. That pumpkin spice latte can wait a few more weeks.

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That being said, the realization that it is suddenly the last quarter of 2011 hit me pretty hard yesterday. Thanks to someone (::coughmysistercough::), I realized something mildly horrifying about my weight loss journey thus far. Yes, I have lost upwards of 60 pounds in the past year, which I consider to be a serious accomplishment (though I sometimes have to remind myself of that, especially in comparison to some of you other amazing people who have lost more and done it better than me, haha.) BUT! As Jenny so lovingly reminded me while we were chatting yesterday, in all of 2011, of which we are entering into the ninth month, I’ve lost less than 20 of those pounds. Urk.

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January 2011 (~207 lbs) vs. August 2011 (189 lbs)

So I have come to this embarrassing revelation, and am now kind of having a meltdown about it.

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Thanks sis. (December 2008)

You all know that I’m no stranger to indulging. My motto is that life’s too short not to be able to eat french fries or cupcakes; a healthy, balanced life is not about deprivation. I’ve been saying for a while now that I’d rather it take me a year to lose twenty pounds if I am enjoying my life, than to lose it in 3 months while being miserable.

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Well, that’s still true, but I think I’m finally exiting denial-ville about exactly how frequently and how much I’ve been indulging. Because pretty soon it’ll have been a year. And I will have lost 20 pounds. And, surprise, surprise, I’m not really thrilled about that.

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Oops.

I’m sure every single one of my family members is rolling their eyes at this post, since they’ve all been telling me this for a while, but just like when I started my weight loss journey, it all depended on me coming to terms with it on my own. I’m just difficult like that. But whaddya know? Here I finally am.

So, for about the bajillionth time this week, I’m strengthening my resolve. I’m going back to basics and back to what I know works. Keep an eye out for the return of Daily Eats posts that I’ve been majorly slacking on this past month. Calorie counting is a pain in the butt, but it’s making a comeback (losing weight isn’t easy, after all. We know this.) I know that I can’t expect to lose 35 pounds in 4 months like I did when I was obese, that’s just silly. But I can expect more of myself than this. Than losing the same pound over and over again. Than seeing the scale go down only to go back up again.

I still have a long way to go. Let’s do this.

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Posted on Jul 25, 2011 in Dear Diary, Weigh Ins, Weight Loss | 28 comments

Close, but no cigar (Weigh-in)

It’s going to be short and not so sweet this morning, folks. Short, because I’m sickitysickitysick (yes, again) and despite the fact that I slept for nearly 12 hours straight I am still muy exhaustamundo. So exhausted, in fact, that I’m making up Spanish words for how exhausted I am.

The not-so-sweet part of today’s play comes in the following. As you know, last week I weighed in at 191.2 pounds and was pre-celebrating my entrance into the glorious 180s, a goal that was a mere 1.3 lbs away. So how did things turn out this week?

Starting Weight: 246 lbs
Last Week’s Weight: 191.2 lbs
This Week’s Weight: 190.0 lbs
This Week’s Loss: -1.2 lbs

Womp womp. You can’t make this stuff up. Close, but no cigar.

Not that I mean to sound ungrateful! Of course I appreciate another pound lost and having made it one pound further. That being said… I really, really wanted to see 180-something on the scale this week. Ah, well. Next week for sure, eh? And in the meantime, just because in my decrepit state I need to celebrate something, I shall announce a NSV (non-scale victory) that I’ve been working on lately.

I started the 100 pushups and 200 situps challenges last weekend, and while, no, I don’t REALLY expect to ever be able to do a HUNDRED pushups (I’m not completely crazy!), after just one week of the program I can do FIVE of them. And we’re not talking girl-pushups here, folks. These are the real deal. So going from being able to do, um, none to five full-length pushups of my 190-lb self is a pretty big accomplishment! So we’ll focus on that, and not the .1 lb loss that wasn’t. We’ll still call it a win.

I’m sure I’ll be feeling better tomorrow, and we can get back on track. July WILL be the last month I see 190 on the scale. In the meantime, have a healthy day in my honor friends. I’ll be hacking up a lung and choking down herbal tea from here (here being, you know, my bed.)

PS: In case you didn’t see my tweets or Facebook updates about it, I totally saw Harry Potter again this weekend. It was awesome. Nerd out.

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Posted on Jul 18, 2011 in Weigh Ins, Weight Loss | 26 comments

Throwback Monday (Weigh-in)

Morning, everybody! I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine consisted of helping (well, mostly watching) Steve move and watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II… again.

I’m dubbing this post as a throwback because you lucky ducks are looking at a classic Weigh-In Monday post. No frills, just some down & dirty weight-posting (every woman’s dream!) since it’s been a while between official weigh-ins (mostly out of shame, I’d say, haha.)

So without further adieu, here you go!

Starting Weight: 246 lbs
Last “Official” Weigh-in: 196.5 lbs
Unofficial Wednesday Weigh-in from last week: 192.5 lbs
This Week’s Weight: 191.2 lbs
This Week’s Loss: -5.3 lbs (HA!) or -1.3 lbs, depending on how you look at it.

Either way, I’LL TAKE IT! I know that I didn’t really gain 4.5 pounds solely from the Fourth of July weekend, but it was still pretty jarring to see that number pop up on the scale the morning after. (It’s like the dieter’s equivalent of the walk of shame, hahaha.) So hopefully now this means that the holiday weekend overindulging has been balanced out, and quite a bit of not-so-hot eating this past weekend (what else is new, eh?) I still actually managed to lose weight! Huzzah!

Thankfully this morning’s weigh-in, in conjunction with the magic that is Harry Potter and the most perfect movie conclusion ever, I think I’m officially out of my gloomy funk and back on track. Literally!

The 180s are so close I can almost taste them. This is my promise to you (or, you know, more appropriately, my promise to myself): I WILL be out of the 190s by this time next week. This is happening. Time to pull out all the stops!

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Get ready, scale. Thundercats are GO!

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Posted on Jun 29, 2011 in Weight Loss, Weight Loss 101 | 39 comments

Weight Loss 101: Mythbusters

Coming back from the Fitness & Health Bloggers Conference in Boulder, CO I have a lot of inspiration for posts and practices to implement! One interesting session was titled “Carbs are the Devil! And Other Nutrition Myths Demystified“, and I thought it was especially pertinent to this blog. Plus, I’ve been thinking about doing a Weight Loss 101 post on weight loss myths for a while now. Fate! Utilizing information from that session (which was created and led by RDs), as well as some of the information I’ve discovered through pure trial-and-error of my own, it’s time to bust some heads myths wiiiide open!

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Disclaimer: While some of the information provided in this post has been provided by registered dietitians, I am not a nutrition or medical professional. I encourage you to utilize your own research and experience in conjunction with my own to draw your conclusions on the validity of my statements.

Myth: Skipping meals will help you lose weight.

Duck!

BUSTED! Skipping meals and snacks will cause your metabolism to slow down and make your calorie-burning ability less effective,. In fact, eating smaller, nutritious meals every 3 – 4 hours (lean protein + high-fiber carb) will be more conducive to keeping your metabolism high and will increase your ability to lose weight while keeping you full and satisfied.

Fact: When I started eating more frequent, smaller meals I FELT like I was eating more than when I was trying to skip meals in attempts to skip calories. Feeling fuller while eating less and thus losing weight? Yes please!

Myth: Don’t eat past 8 PM.

Busted! Caloric deficit, regardless of the actual times you’re consuming those calories, will result in weight loss! So if you’ve hit 8 PM and you’ve only consumed 1200 calories that day, go ahead and have a snack if you’re hungry! The only problem occurs if you are prone to late-night snacking when you’re not hungry. Obviously anytime you are eating when you’re not hungry will probably hinder your weight loss.

Fact: Caloric deficit is as caloric deficit does. It doesn’t really matter what time of day you stop eating as long as you’re still creating a window for weight loss. However, I know that I do have to watch my late-night snacking because I am far more likely to want to down half a pint of coconut milk ice cream than some hummus and crackers. And if I do end up going a little crazy at night, I just don’t have the opportunity to balance out the calories with other meals or work them off, ‘s all.

Myth: Going gluten-free will help you lose weight.


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BUSTED! Going gluten-free is only truly necessary if you have Celiacs disease or another gluten-intolerance, and won’t help you lose weight on its own. Unless, that is, there’s a caloric deficit being created anyway. But solely by the act of cutting gluten out of your diet alone you will not lose weight, and in fact, gluten-free products tend to be higher in calories compared to their gluten-inclusive counterparts.

Fact: The sheer act of cutting a group of foods out of your diet is never a guarantee that you’ll lose weight (with a variation of the exception for carbs, but we’ll address that next.) Even going vegan is not a guarantee that you’ll drop a single pound, and I know that from first-hand experience!

Myth: Bread makes you fat.


Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: Bread makes you fat?!?

BUSTED! Carbs rock. They’re delicious. And as a former Atkins devotee, I can also tell you that while yes, you can and probably will lose weight if you cut all carbs out of your diet, it will not last. The second you start eating bread, pasta, potatoes, or sugar again, you’ll start gaining the weight back. In fact, if you’re a carboholic like me, you’ll probably end up gaining more weight than you lost, because you felt so deprived of all that glorious carb-y goodness!

Fact: Carbs are a source of energy for our bodies, and they make us feel happy and satisfied (actually increasing the levels of serotonin in our brains! Which is why you can see it’s easy to go overboard on them.) Just try to ensure that the majority of the carbs in your diet come from whole-grain, high-fiber sources.

What are some other diet myths we can bust wide open? Or maybe you’re unsure if it’s really a myth or not? Let’s find out together!

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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.

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Schnauzie-roo.Streeeeetch!

And finally, the piece de resistance:

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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?

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