Friday, October 21, 2011

15 pounds gone!! (well, 16.4, but who's counting?)

I lost 2.6 pounds this week!!  O.M.G.!  That brings my total loss since June to 16.4 pounds.  I am, of course, quite pleased with how things are going.  And I am reminded about why the weight loss part of the journey can be so much fun.  I am fitting into some clothes I haven't been able to wear in a while, getting dressed in the morning feels good again.  I have yet to face long term maintenance but I am ever-reminded of maintenance as the real challenge, the real purpose of what I'm doing.  In the meantime, I'm going to enjoy the losing ride!!

A couple more numbers.  At 182.6 pounds I am 4.6 pounds from my mini-goal of 178.  The new year is about 10 weeks away, so if I lose roughly .5 pounds a week on average I will reach my mini goal by the end of the year, which is so exciting.  I will be so happy to bring in the new year having reached that goal!!  I need to be clear with myself that this isn't a deadline to lose that weight by 1/1, but if it happens that will be great!!  And if I simply keep doing what I'm doing I think it will.  Woo-hoo!! 

So I have a small confession to make.  You might know that my weigh-in day is Friday and that I take a strong position on weighing myself once a week and once a week only.  My confession is that I've been cheating.  For the past few weeks I've been taking a peek at my weight midweek, usually on Tuesday or Wednesday.  I justify it by saying I need to know where I stand so that, moving forward in the week, I can tighten up on the eating if I need to.  So far I have been down from the Friday weigh-in and I find the lower number motivating.  I see that lower number and I am motivated to retain it until Friday.  I know many of you are not on my once-a-week-only bandwagon, and that some are even (gasp!) daily weighers.  This idea of a midweek peek of the scale might not worry some of you but it sort of does me.  I have been a firm believer in the once a week for a while now - Am I going to make this a regular thing?  Will it keep working even when the scale might not be down?  Will it lead to daily weighing?

Why am I so afraid of daily weighing?  I know why.  For me, I think it would make me crazy.  Weight fluctuates quite a bit on a day-to-day basis and I think if I followed the changes that closely I'd go nuts.  But maybe twice a week is ok, at least some of the time.  I admit, I don't want to make this a regular habit but I also find that little peek so alluring I don't know how I'll give it up now that I've given in.  I know, I know - I seriously overthink all this stuff sometimes.

On the exercise front things are cruising along well.  I have been doing my runs and bike for cardio and weight training, core work, stair climber and stretching.  I added 5 pound barbells to my lunges yesterday and while it definitely added to the challenge I was able to do it and look forward to mastering lunges with weights.  I'm on course to go 5 days this week and have almost 100% recovered from my cold (still have a lingering cough but it's almost gone).  I am still completely loving my gym time.

I'll close with a picture or two.  We had some family pictures taken and here's one of us with little Ms. M and one of the two kidlets together.


  1. YOu are doing great!!!!! I need to take some motivation from you!

    Beautiful family!

  2. Yay! The Amazing Shrinking Woman! All those muscles you've been building seem to be burning the calories at a pretty fast clip. The pictures are gorgeous...but how could they not be?

  3. Super awesome! 15 pounds is just wonderful, I'm so pleased for you! Beautiful pictures too :)

  4. I'm a daily weigher... I know my weight fluctuates, but I also can almost always identify the reason why. Daily is probably too much, but I get the twice a week thing, so I'm the wrong person to ask.

    In any event. Congrats on the 16.4!

  5. congrats on your very consistent progress!!!! I personally used to weight every couple of days when I was really focused on losing weight and it kept me accountable. Now that I am at my goal weight, I check in with myself but don't let the scale have quite as much power.

    I think as long as it isn't making you happy or sad mid-week then it's just that a check in

  6. So proud of you! Way to go girl!!

  7. Congratulations hon! That is awesome. I'm so proud of you. It really sounds like you are making such healthy and sustainable lifestyle changes (rather than a short-term weight loss plan) and it sounds like the journey is also transforming you on emotional levels as well. You go girl. And thank you for how you encourage us by sharing your story.

  8. these are great pics!!


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