Monday, February 25, 2013

Lost Focus

I want to apologize for not posting an update on February 20th.  Issues relating to the auto accident and life in general have kept me very busy.  Busy to the point that I have lost focus.  My weight has suffered as a result.  I have gained 4 pounds since the last blog update.  My current weight is 337 pounds.

I suspected that I would gain back some weight as the last time I posted I had just been in the auto accident and was not eating or drinking much.  After that I really stopped paying attention to how much I was eating.  This was not intentional.  My mind was just preoccupied with resolving issues relating to my car and getting into the doctor.

Recently I have also struggled with not eating out in February.  This has also contributed to my weight gain.  I have not done as well as I would have liked.

The good news is that many of those problems that were demanding my attention are less stressful now.  I am confident that I can get back to losing weight.  I am excited to focus my attention on something that I can control.  I probably should have never lost focus, but life happens.

The next blog post will be coming your way on March 1st where I will report my weight and provide a wrap up for the month of February.  I am going to go out on a limb here and declare that I will be able to report weight loss on March 1st.  What should I do if that does not happen?  Should I impose consequences for failure?  Let me know in the comments section below.

Friday, February 15, 2013


This past week has been filled with the obstacles of life.  I was in an auto accident that wrecked my car.  My back has been aching and my neck pops now.  I really need to get into the chiropractor.  I have also been working to get my house ready for an inspection.  I rent my house and every year the property management company comes in and takes a bunch of pictures of the place and then they let me know what I should to be doing better.  I always have it in my mind that if they don't like what they see then they may not renew the lease.  I love my house and I hate moving!  The inspection is pretty stressful on its own but couple that with the stress of having my car possibly totaled and my back pain and I feel pushed to the limit.  If there is an upside, it is that because of all the stress I have not been eating as much.  For the February 15th weigh in I have lost another pound.  My weight is now 333 pounds.  At least that is some good news.

I went to see the movie Les Miserables this week and I did have a large soda while at the theater.  I thought the movie was very good.  I am so glad that I can have a soda occasionally and the desire to drink it daily is really not there anymore.

I feel like my meal selection has been better as well.  I went out to eat with a friend and ordered a salad.  That is not the norm for me and on top of that I actually thought it was delicious.  It always helps to have great company though.

On the downside, my goal of not eating out in February has not been as successful as I would have liked.  And yet, it has been a success in the sense that I am confident that eating out less has aided my goal of losing weight.  Eating out has reduced drastically, just not as much as I had originally hoped.

My next weigh in will be on February 20th.  If  anything else comes up between now and then I will be sure to share it.  Until next time, take care everyone.

Sunday, February 10, 2013


Welcome to the February 10th blog post.  Today I am down another pound.  My weight is currently 334 pounds.  I am excited as this is the lowest my weight has been since I started this journey.

Having said that, I have failed a couple of times with my challenge to not eat out during the month of February.  There were a few times where I had fast food as there was simply no time for much of anything else.  I had not planned well and when my lunch time came around I found myself squeezed for time due to errands and other things.  Perhaps it is the lesser of two evils.  What I mean is I often hear that you should eat in order to keep your metabolism going.  If you skip a meal, your metabolism slows down.  My choices were skip a meal or grab something quick and light.  I did the latter.  I don't know that I regret it much from a weight loss point of view.  Perhaps I am only trying to rationalize my actions.

Things are going well.  I am enjoying life and looking forward to what the future holds.  My next weigh in will be on February 15th.  If you are on a similar journey do not let setbacks keep you down.  Keep pushing until you realize your goals.  We can accomplish more than we realize.  Lets do this!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Today is February 5th and it is time for another weigh in.  I have lost another pound.  My current weight is 335 pounds.  This was a bit of a surprise for a couple of reasons.

I had mentioned in a previous post that I wanted to start to relax a bit on my diet just for one day a week.  I felt that if I could give myself one day to enjoy whatever I wanted to eat that perhaps it would allow me to be even more focused during the rest of the week.  I chose Sunday to be that one day.  This past Sunday I decided that I would have pizza.  I thought it would be acceptable to eat a bit more than usual.  Only, I did not stop at a bit more than usual.  This was over the course of the whole day.  I ate pizza for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Feel free to chastise me in the comments section.

Yesterday I messed up on my challenge to not eat out during the month of February.  I cannot believe that I did this!  I had my mind on what I was doing at work and taking a short lunch in order to get my hours in by the end of the day.  Before I even thought about it I was already a couple of bites into a burger.  I will recommit myself to this challenge.  Giving up is for wimps.

I am pleased with losing a pound.  I would love to lose another pound by my next blog post on February 10th.  I have not been able to break the 335 pound barrier since I started this journey.  That is the goal for my next weigh in.  Check back soon!

Friday, February 1, 2013

January 2013 Wrap Up

The month of January has come to a close and with it, the fourth chapter of my weight loss journey.  I did gain one pound since my last post on the 30th.  My current weight is 336 pounds.

The past month was filled with frustration for me.  I had felt like I was not losing weight fast enough.  When I reflect back I realized that at the end of December I actually weighed 343 pounds.  That means I lost seven pounds during the month of January.  I have read that one pound per week is healthy weight loss.  I lost more than a pound per week during this past month.  This is one of the reasons that blogging about my weight is so beneficial for me.  It helps me to keep perspective and stay focused.

A friend of mine shared with me that he has challenged himself to not eat out during the month of February.  I have decided to join him in this challenge.  I do eat out a lot less than I used to but it is still more than I should.  Does anyone else want to join us in not eating out during the month of February?  Leave a comment below if you are up to the challenge.  I am going to reserve one meal out for myself on or around my birthday.  I am sorry but I cannot pass up my free burger from Red Robin.

So, here is the wrap up for January 2013:
  • Total weight loss to date: 14 pounds
  • Total weight loss this year: 7 pounds
  • Total weight loss January 2013: 7 pounds
  • Total weight still to lose: 137 pounds
My next regularly scheduled blog post will be on February 5th.  I am excited to see how not eating out impacts my weight loss.  To quote one of my girls when they were just little, "let us just wait and check and see."  Take care friends!