Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year

Wow! 2016 is over and it is now officially 2017. It is crazy how fast time flies when you get older. That is one of the reasons that we should cherish each moment and each memory. I say that to remind myself as much as anything. My girls are getting older and will at some point in the future go off to college or whatever they choose to do after high school. I may benefit from adding a time element to my weight loss goal. I will elaborate on that in a moment. First, here are the numbers.

Since my last weigh in (December 25th) I have lost a little more than two (2.2) pounds. My current weight is 349.8 pounds even. My total weight loss is now eight pounds.

I am pretty happy with losing a little more than two pounds. I don't really feel like I did as well as I could have but I will certainly be happy with that weight loss. I consumed a large number of calories a couple of times and didn't really get that much activity.

I mentioned adding a time element. I want to achieve my goal by the time my oldest daughter graduates high school. That means I need to lose at least another 150 pounds by May 2020. That may seem like a long time away but at the rate I am going, it may be close.

In the near term, my goal is to stay below 350 pounds and to move in the right direction towards a full ten pounds of weight loss! I am just another two pounds away. That being the case, the weigh in after the first is always only four days away instead of five. Each time that I have weighed in below 350 pounds, I am back over 350 pounds at the next weigh in. I want to break that trend.

Let's take a look at the month of December 2016.

December 2016 Summary:
  • Total weight loss to date: 8.0 pounds
  • Total weight loss this year: 8.0 pounds
  • Total weight loss December 2016: 2.2 pounds
  • Total weight still to lose: 174.8 pounds
A couple of things stick out to me now that I have crunched these numbers. First, 2.2 pounds of weight loss for the month of December is weak. I really need to apply myself more. Second, I mentioned that I want to lose 150 pounds by May 2020 but here I record that I still have 174.8 pounds to lose. Here is the deal. My realistic expectation is that I weigh in below two hundred pounds. I believe that I can achieve that goal. My dream goal would be to weigh the same as I weighed as a senior in high school (175 pounds). That goal, will require a lot of work. I am not sure how realistic that goal is but it is dream. I think it is good to have dreams. That is why there are two different goal weights mentioned here. I could be happy with weighing in below two hundred pounds and that is my main goal. My dream goal is to weigh 175 pounds. I hope that makes sense.

The next weigh in will be January 5th. That is just four short days away. I need to weigh in again below 350 pounds. It would be a bit discouraging to cross onto the wrong side of that number again. I recorded another vlog and will link to it below. I discuss some thoughts on New Years resolutions in the video. Check it out! I am really excited about losing weight and having set a date to achieve it. Check back in with me soon. Goodbye for now!

My Weight Loss Journey 1/1/2017 Vlog 3

1 comment:

  1. I like your comments on resolutions. A new year is always an exciting time at the gym, so many more people are there and happy about exercising. It is also a sad time though as the number of people still exercising by February and March has greatly diminished. Making resolutions that can be maintained throughout life is a better approach. If I could guess what happens to people when they decide to quit after a few months, it is that they don't see the change they hope to see. What people need to remember is that AmAzInG changes are occuring as a result of the exercise. They are changes that aren't necessarily reflected on the scale, but exercise breathes life and health into the body regardless of what people are seeing on the scale. It improves health in ways we can't even understand. So my advice to those who set resolutions for health is to make them reasonable so that you can maintain them all year rather than just a few months of the year, and never give up. You're doing great Shelbs, keep it up!