Sunday, November 04, 2012
On August 11 I hit my all time low weight of 217.2, the next day I went on vacation. I came home and on August 20th found an additional 12 pounds had clung to me while spending time in Alaska. I did enjoy the meals (and desserts and milkshakes) on board the ship! It has been approximately 2.5 months since I returned home and I have not been able to get back down to that magical 217.2 (which coincidentally is exactly the 100 lbs lost mark for me. I reached 218.0 last week, just .8 away from getting back to feel good status. Then this last week comes up, this week where I vowed to eat better, exercise more, be more active and all that jazz.
But none of that jazz happened this last week. I didn't get to the gym once this last week! I ate like an emaciated velociraptor for the first few days of the week, anything and everything in sight!
I ATE DONUTS!!! I hadn't had a donut in probably 4 years, I always liked them, but they were never a 'gotta have it' type of food item for me. Then last Sunday some donuts got brought into the house and I had half of a chocolate glazed one and it was on! I think I ate 8 donuts between Sunday and Monday! Good Lord, It was like watching a horror movie! On both days that I was eating donuts, I seemed to be eating everything else that looked good. I wasn't eating to just be eating mind you, I was sincerely feeling deep, painful hunger. I believe it was psychologically triggered by the donuts because I can easily go 36 hours with no food without feeling the empty pit of the stomach hunger pangs I was getting.
With that being said, I think I may experiment every once in while with a single donut type item. I believe the problem stemmed from not having had a donut for so long and the smell and taste brought up memories of workday mornings long since past with the pretty pink box full of doughy sweetness. I think the first bite of donut triggered a release of endorphins, because I felt pretty good all day, as long as I periodically stopped by the pink box to grab another 'taste'. The sad thing is that my favorite donut treat wasn't even in the box, the mighty Apple Fritter.
So I feel I have 2 choices here, either avoid donuts (as I had done for around 4 years with ravaging consequences) or occasionally visit a donut shop and purchase one Apple Fritter and leave to consume it elsewhere (somewhere where there are no innocent donuts to fall prey to my donut triggered Mr. Hyde personality switch). I think this will work to keep me from ever again being triggered like a dough loving Manchurian Candidate.
Now aside from the donut story I think it was apparent that I didn't have a great week. But on the other hand I had a good week. How can I say that? How can this be true? Well, after all was said and done and I got on the scale on Saturday, my weight was exactly the same as it was the previous week. Wed, Thurs and Fri I ate clean and light and drank tons of water. Had I gone to the gym, I probably would have posted a loss and maybe even gotten back to my magic 100 lb mark. But I did not do those things and I can't change it now.
Here's the numbers.
Weight : 218.0
Lost : 0
Total : 99.2
Overall, after everything I did (and ate) I am pleased to have walked away from this week only psychologically scarred. Now I can vow to do better this week! (again) Talk is cheap, I need to do the things that need to be done, not talk about them.
So everyone, get out there and have yourselves one fantastic week!
Saturday, October 27, 2012
So I had a better week this week, not great mind you, but better overall. I am feeling a lot less stressed out and that is a big improvement. I didn't get to the gym very much this week, but I'm not angry with myself over it and that's a good thing.
My weight was pretty good most of the week. I was on track for a decent loss, until Thursday. I don't know what happened, because I was basically doing the same thing every day, but Thursday morning, my weight was over a one pound up from Wednesday morning and that carried through to Friday as well.
Short explanation on my weighing/ dieting process. I follow a 6 on /1 off system. Sunday through Friday I am on a diet, but on Saturday, I eat whatever I want! It works for several reasons which I won't go into here, but suffice it to say that I've lost 100lbs this way. Anyway, I weigh myself daily (I know, I know), I do this to monitor progress, not to stress myself out. On Sundays typically I am 3-4 lbs heavier than Saturday morning (due to overfeeding on Saturdays). Usually by Wednesday that 3-4 lbs is gone and I am already below my previous Saturday weigh in. So that gives me all day Wed., Thurs, and Friday to remove an extra before Saturdays weigh in. Like I said, this works for me, it may not work for everyone.
With all of that said, let's get to the numbers.
Weight : 218.0
Lost : .6
Total : 99.2
So I only managed to shed .6 this week. Oh well, it's still a loss :) Time to relax, go have lunch with my son and then get back to relaxing. Tomorrow starts another week and another chance to get it right.
Have a great weekend everybody!
Saturday, October 20, 2012
What a craptastic week! I just felt like crap all week, stressed out over little things, angry with my son over grades and his overall lazy attitude lately. Plus I just never felt "right" all week, which made everything else worse. My weight refused to come down and that made me angrier and more stressed... like a crappy perpetual motion machine, I kept going around and around.
But the week has come to an end at last and I ended up not gaining weight, so that was good. Here's the numbers:
Weight : 218.6
Lost : 1.2
Total : 98.6
An actual loss when I was expecting a gain. Ill take it. Hoping for a better week next week, in all aspects.
I think I'm going to cut this short and put my feet up and watch something on Netflix, try and enjoy my afternoon.
Saturday, October 06, 2012
It's Saturday again! Yesterday was the first day that my calves finally felt better, not 100% yet, but they didn't hurt and I was able to walk normally. Feels good to walk like a human again instead of some weird flat footed primate who cringed going up or down steps.
I didn't have high hopes for weight loss this week, due to the fact that I only went to the gym once, on Monday. I went thinking that I could walk on the treadmill and work out the soreness in my calves. I walked for 1 hour (@ 3mph) and felt pretty good the whole time. But a few minutes after getting off of the treadmill, my calves started to knot up and were just as sore as they had been on Sunday. Walking was a little painful all week so I just stayed out of the gym all together. I lightly stretched and walked short distances at home, trying to loosen them up.
My diet wasn't all that great either this week. Ate a few things that I shouldn't have, and took in more calories than I should have a few times. Normally not too bad, but with no gym time to work off the extras, I expected to be up 1-2 lbs this week. But that was not to be.
On to the numbers:
Weight : 218.2
Lost : 1
Total : 99
So a one pound loss in a week that I expected to gain a pound. That's a win I will take each and every time! Now that my calves aren't hurting I plan on getting into the gym this week and getting back to work, hopefully I can continue moving the scale downwards for a while longer. I have 11 lbs to go to reach my initial goal of 207. Once I get there I will re-examine where I am and where I feel I should go. I'm currently leaning towards moving the goal line another 10 lbs down, but I will wait until I reach the current goal line to make that decision.
Everyone, enjoy the rest of your weekend and the week ahead.
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