Saturday, March 10, 2018

Not Easy

Welcome to another weigh in post! Today is March 10th and I have some good news to report. I have to be honest. I was very tempted to have a late night snack last night. That is not a good thing before a weigh in the next morning. Instead, I turned off the lights and went to bed. Losing weight is not easy but it feels good to do the right thing.

I nearly lost 4 pounds (3.8) since my prior weigh in which was March 5th. My current weight is 376.2 pounds. This puts my total weight loss at more than 5 pounds (5.6) and my total weight loss from my heaviest weigh in at exactly 7 pounds.

I have been very good about following my calorie budget. This is a lifestyle change for sure. It cannot be something that you do for a little while and then go back to your old habits. A friend of mine mentioned his uncle having successfully dropped a lot of weight and then gaining it back but then losing it again. In a way, that is kind of what happened to me. Although I never reached my target weight the first time, I did drop close to 100 pounds only to gain it back again plus some. This time needs to be different. This time will be different. I am done with this!

I am excited to see more progress at my next weigh in which will be March 15th. I love the energy that I am getting back already. I mentioned before that I have a little more spring in my step and in addition, I think my attitude is better. I think that sometimes in life we feel that we are not steering the ship so to speak. That we are kind of just along for the ride. Friends, weight is something that we can exert our control over. It does take discipline and restraint, but the rewards are going to be so worth it! Goodbye for now!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Moving Forward

Today was so exhausting. Being out of shape and overweight is a bad combination. Does that make me captain obvious? Ha! I sometimes think that people that have never been overweight can't really relate. See, in my current condition it is like I am carrying another 200 pound man around on my back for every single thing that I do. People sometimes say, well, you just need to go out and start working out. While that is true, it certainly limits your activities to those that are not high impact because the knees and ankles can only take so much. Anyway, my point being that it almost takes a careful balancing act between eating healthy to drop some pounds in order to be able to increase activity. I know that from my previous weight loss journey that it gets so much easier once the pounds start to drop a bit.

I have already noticed a little more bounce in my step. That probably has more to do with counting my calories and eating less than any substantial weight loss at this point. It is welcome either way. Today I needed it. I did manage to lose some weight though so here are the numbers.

I lost a little more than 3 pounds (3.2) since my prior weigh in which was March 1st. My current weight is back to 380.0 pounds. This puts my total weight loss at nearly 2 pounds (1.8) and my total weight loss from my heaviest weigh in at a little more than 3 pounds (3.2).

I am pleased with this progress even though I am really just back down to my February 25th weight. I have been diligent in managing my calories and have been trying to be more active. I was under my calorie budget every day except for one and that over budget day was nominal. I am confident that I will be able to continue to make progress now that I am logging all of my calories.

I am excited to report again on March 10th, the next weigh in date. I am getting encouragement from friends and that always helps. I really want to thank all of you again. I do it in person or when we chat but I want you to know that it really does help and motivate me. Thank you to those of you that follow along and hold me accountable as well. Sometimes I need a kick in the butt. I look forward to breaking through this 380 pound mark and charting some new territory. Check back on the 10th to see if I succeed in that endeavor. Until then, bye!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

February 2018 Wrap Up

Hello and welcome to the wrap up post for the month of February 2018. This the month that I started my weight loss journey again in earnest. Unfortunately, it ended with a whimper. I had one really bad day since the last weigh in and it had a shockingly dramatic effect on my weight loss numbers. It is disappointing but I am not going to let it derail my goals. Instead, I have taken steps to address that issue. More on that later. Here are the numbers.

I gained a little more than 3 pounds (3.2) since my prior weigh in which was February 25th. My current weight is 383.2 pounds. I am surprised because while I know I had a bad day, that is a fairly big change. It almost makes me question the consistency of my scale.

So here is the wrap up for February 2018:
  • Total weight gain to date: 1.4 pounds
  • Total weight gain this year: 1.4 pounds
  • Total weight gain February 2018: 1.4 pounds
  • Total weight still to lose: 208.2 pounds
I was overly confident about how easy it would be to lose weight. It is typically easier to lose weight when you first get started. So what steps have I taken to address this? The biggest thing is going back to logging calories. Logging calories always seems like such a pain. However, this is beneficial for me because it is very easy for me to lose track of about how many calories I may have consumed without this tool. I am using the app Lose It. I like the app. I have also used MyFitnessPal. Both are great. The other tool I will be using is my Apple Watch to track my steps and calorie burn. I will ramp up my calorie goal as I go along to move me toward being more active. Lastly, I am going to make "one" my theme. One as in, one serving is enough. I may be hungry but no one said losing weight would be easy.

The next weigh in will be March 5th. I started logging my calories on the 28th. I actually weighed on the 27th and was heavier than I am now. That was the impetus to start logging calories. I am confident that I can drop some weight by the next weigh in if I stay consistent with logging my calories. Thanks for joining me on this adventure. Check back soon! Goodbye.

P.S. Check out my YouTube video by clicking the link below.

My Weight Loss Journey 3/1/2018 Vlog 2