December 2012. I’m trying it again.
About two and a half years ago, I set out to lose 40 lbs and posted my progress on Facebook and on my Website. Largely because so many people offered support each week, I hit my target.
Unfortunately, over the next 30 months or so, I slowly put that weight back on. So at one point last year I set out to lose it again, but this time, I blew it. After a couple of good weeks, I got caught up with work and other demands in life, and eventually just let it go.
For 2013, I’m a loser again.
If you’d like to offer a comment below, that would be a tremendous help; it’s always an extra push when you know someone can see how you’re doing.
To those of you who offered such great support during my first time around, thanks. I am determined this time to make it work again. And this time, to keep it off.
September 5 (older updates appear below the table)
Well my September 1 deadline came and went, and once again I did not reach my target of losing 40 lbs. I hovered at 28 lbs lost for a few weeks, before gaining three of them back in the past two weeks. I clearly did not do what I set out to do, but after losing close to 30 lbs and coming down five belt loops, from a 38″ waist to a 32″, I can’t say I feel like I failed. I am much healthier and feel a lot better about myself. So what happens now? I’m thinking I’ll just push that deadline out another couple of months and keep trying. My health is significantly better than it was just a few months ago and I want to keep that rather than let it slip away again. I’ll give it further thought, and will post an update here next week on where I go from here. If anyone is actually reading this, thanks for keeping me on my toes!
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Wow, third week without moving one ounce, despite my most intense two weeks of workouts and eating well. I have to buy into the lean-muscle theory that some of you have mentioned on Facebook. I can fit into clothes that were too small just a few weeks ago and can see and feel the weight coming off, but my weight just isn’t moving. So I guess that means I’m accomplishing what I set out to do – I’m healthier and feeling better about how I look, down from a 38″ waistline to a 32″ – but there’s no way I’m going to hit my weight targets on time if at all.
Rats. I felt I had a good week of workouts and eating well, but my weight hasn’t moved at all. Still 187 today. Two away from having lost 30 lbs. I’ll just have to stay focused and look forward to hitting that milestone next week.
187 today. Two away from having lost 30 lbs and from being halfway through the 180s. Some days it feels like I’ve been doing this forever, but when I stop and think about how things have changed — just over four months ago I was 215 lbs — I have to admit I’m happy with the progress. Now to focus on those next 2 lbs!
In the 180s! That feels good. Down three more this week for a total of 26 lbs lost since I started this in January, and then restarted at the end of March. Now to build some distance between me and the 190s; far too easily to slip back up when I’m just 1 lb away.
Finally back on track this week after two weeks away from any strenuous exercise due to my eye surgery. The first couple of days were a real challenge; I was amazed how much I fell out of the loop in just two weeks. Knowing I’d be making this public check-in on Thursday though was great motivation. I got out to the gym almost every night, and that made all the difference. Net result: I’m down 3 lbs this week after having gained 2 during my time off. I’m now down 23 lbs this year. That’s six below where I planned to be by now, but I’ll accept that I did fall behind, and will just keep moving forward!
The second week off due to my cataract surgery added another pound, putting be back up to 195 lbs, and pushing my total weight lost back to 20 lbs. I am getting back into the swing of things this weekend though, so my weight should start reflecting that by next week.
Off my pace, and up 1 lb this week. I had cataract surgery last Friday and was told to avoid strenuous exercise for two weeks. It definitely affected the roll I’ve been on, and I ended up gaining back a little weight. Hopefully I’ll avoid gaining more in the coming week, and can get on schedule again. I was out walking for each of the last three nights, and while I burn less than half the calories that way, I’m out every night vs. every second night at the gym. So hopefully this week I’ll make things happen again.
Another week, another 2 lbs. Now at 193, and the 180s are starting to look tantalizingly close. I remember thinking when I started this that if I could ever get into the 180s again, I’d feel like I had really accomplished something here. Now, seven months later, at the rate I’m going they’re just two weeks away. Feeling good. Thanks for helping make this happen!
Down 20 lbs. I’m halfway there. Just over a year ago, I bought a new pair of dress pants just before speaking at TEDx St. John’s. Size 38. Yesterday, I bought a new pair because the old ones were ready to get me arrested if I ever exhaled suddenly. Size 34. Halfway there, and I am convinced it wouldn’t have happened without Facebook and this online log, so thanks for being here and keeping me moving!
Down two more, and at this rate, I’m one week away from my halfway point. I’m now 197, and while that’s 18 lbs less than when I started, it’s also about 18 above the heaviest I ever was in my life until I was well into my 40s. So I’ve come down a long way, but I still have a long way to go. Focus…
Major milestone psychologically… I am now in the 190s! Down 16 lbs from a start of 215 to my new weight of 199. That feels good; now my focus is to get down to the low 190s. It’s all too easy to sneak back up to the 200s when I’m this close. Good to feel like it’s working!
Well, my original deadline for hitting 175 lbs has come and gone, and I’m still sitting at 201. Not good. I’m down by 14, but still have 26 lbs to go. Still, momentum has been good lately; I lost 9 lbs in June, I’m working out, and I’m motivated. So I’ve added another few weeks to the chart below, and restarted my target weight each week to reflect where I am now. I will do my best to hit my target by September 1. Knowing someone may read this helps keep me going, so thanks for helping make it all happen!
According to the schedule, I should weigh 175 this week. I do… plus 28 lbs more. I didn’t even come close, but without trying to make excuses, I still feel okay. That’s because I am very well on track lately, after having come through several weeks earlier in the year when exercise and diet just were not priorities. In the first 15 weeks of this, my net loss was 0. Nada. But in the past three weeks weeks I have dropped 7 lbs. That means I am now down 12 lbs since the start, and at this rate, for only the second time in the past 13 years or so, in another two weeks I will drop below the 200 lb mark. It’s not the victory I thought I would be savoring this week, but I’ll take it as an achievement anyway, and will keep moving downward. Thanks for being here and helping make it happen!
This week was my best one yet for eating well and fitting in some workouts. I felt I was on track throughout the week, and with the weather warming up, it sets a promising tone for a good summer. I’m hoping to regularly start running outdoors again rather than walking, for the first time in almost 15 years. The past couple of weeks running on a treadmill have produced no trouble at all for my knees, so I’m going to push things a bit and see how far I can go. As I’ve said, the original timeline is out the window, but if I can lose the weight by the end of the summer I’ll have achieved all I wanted, even if it is three months later than planned.
I will remember 2013 for a lot of things, and not all of them favorable. In the past few weeks my Dad passed away, so I took some time to deal with that of course. And there were other delays there as well, which I won’t bother to cover here. Suffice it to say that exercise was not foremost on my mind. Things have settled down again though, and I’m working to get back on track… down 3 lb in the past few weeks, and 6 overall. I’m way behind schedule and have no hope of hitting my target by June 1, but I’ll keep at it. I’ll just be successful later than planned!
Steady progress, especially given that this was my birthday week, when there was considerably more food floating around than usual. The workouts are making all the difference; the past trouble I had with my knee has not been an issue yet, so I’m being careful but taking advantage of the situation to burn as many calories as I can. Thanks again for reading this… if anyone actually is! Just know my progress — or lack thereof — is public is a big motivator!
Okay, I’m back on track after that unimpressive break! Out to the gym twice this week so far and I expect to get there twice more before the week ends. Plus I’m definitely eating more healthily again. I’ve relost two lbs, so I’m feeling the momentum shift back to my side. Gonna get this done… maybe not by the original target date, but I’m gonna get this done!
Well this got derailed quickly, didn’t it! After a pretty good first few weeks, I fell completely off this schedule. Sometimes life happens, and sometimes you just hang on and do your best. Over half of my timetable has zoomed past, and in the meantime my weight has crept back up to where it was when I started. I’m not impressed. But I’m not giving up either. Maybe being down 40 lbs by June 1 is a bit of a stretch at this point, but I’m still going to give it a shot to stay focused and make this happen… one date or another!
I had a cold from Boxing Day through New Year’s Eve, so that kept me from getting any exercise, but I was finally able to get back to the Reid Centre fitness room last night, January 2nd. I’m starting to think the elliptical will be a great addition to the workout; able to burn a lot of calories there in a relatively short period of time, with less impact on the knees than I’d get from running. Weight stayed the same, but given the Christmas week and lack of exercise for a week, it could have been a lot worse. Hoping to get back on track in the coming week.
A slushy, icy night, so I dropped in to the fitness room at the Reid Centre; first time there in a few years, and only the second or third time ever. Worked out on the elliptical for about half the time. Took several minutes to get the feel of it, but once I started moving properly, it felt a lot better. Also a few minutes each on the treadmill and bike. Finished up with just a few tricep curls. Thinking I’ll make it a point to drop in there more often.
I put on 1 lb. since last week, but hey, it’s Christmas. I’ll enjoy the season before it’s gone all too soon, and if that’s all I gain I’m doing really well.
I got out for a walk tonight with my dog, Sneaker. Not a long distance, but I felt I just needed to force that first walk into my schedule. Besides, the Christmas lights are still everywhere… as are the Christmas calories. I probably won’t lose much or any weight for the next week or so, but at least I’m getting into the mindset, and that’s an accomplishment in itself. Merry Christmas, everyone!