Loss Since March 10: 1.6 lbs
Total Loss: 16.8 lbs
I could look at that and be disappointed, but I’ve instead chosen to focus on the last two weeks where I got back on track.
I was so good through March 10 but then some things popped up and I wasn’t. I still tracked every mouthful but I wasn’t drinking enough and made some less than ideal food choices when rushed/stressed/out of my comfort zone. Within the last two weeks I’m back in my own environment where I can more easily control my choices, on a more normal schedule (goodbye 16 hour days) and I feel better about it. Still, life is going to happen and I need to figure out how to better manage that. On the plus side, I didn’t gain other than water weight, I just didn’t lose.
I have my regular check in with my endocrinologist on Tuesday and time to see where my numbers are.
Time to revisit my Accountability post two months later and see where I am. Original comments struck through with new text after.
Blog. Yeah, we’ll see how that goes. But when I was losing, I was blogging. So we’re going to try it again. Honestly, pretty good. I will never be a daily blogger but I’ve kept up pretty well. And I read the few blogs I follow daily or every other day.
On the writing theme, I’m tracking. I was a master at tracking way back when and it’s time to go back. I don’t see what my road block is here. I face the foods when I see the number on the scale, it’s time to face it in my tracker. I tracked today. Including the m&ms. That’s a start. I have tracked every day since, every morsel that went into my mouth. I think (shocker, shocker) it’s a big reason I’m losing. I’ve also kept up my #GoTheDist tracking even though my goal is unattainable. Oh, and I haven’t touched m&ms since Jan 29.
Money. I joined Run With Jess˜DietBet challenge at the instigation of a Hive friend. It cost me $10 but I will lose my 4% and if I do that every month it won’t cost me another cent I don’t think. AND if I hit the 4% goals each month (a big if, I know), I’ll hit goal by July, which gives me plenty of breathing room if I have an off month. I had my off month. And I jumped right back in the game with a $25 buy in. To be honest, that was free from my winnings in the first DietBet but it doesn’t mean I’m working any less hard to win this one. I want the pot, in part to go toward my new iPad.
- #GoTheDist. I gave up on tracking this a chunk of the way through last year although I continued to track my workouts in MapMyFitness. But the challenge is a great motivator and it gets me to the gym when I don’t want to go. See bullet #2
Smoothies. Yep, back to smoothies for dinner. They help with the salt retention and they give me my chocolate fix when I otherwise eat things I have no business eating when I get home. I started with this, and then I got bored. I just can’t do them daily like I used to and I still don’t really like bananas. But I’ve moved toward other, better evening choices like Jello and hard boiled eggs. Evening eating has been going well although I need to break the newly reacquired Tasti kick.
I’m not giving up soda. Not yet, at least. I was the queen of fake lemonade last time and while Iâ€™m contemplating getting a soda stream, I’m not ready to make the switch off soda. I’m afraid I won’t drink enough until it’s warmer. But it’s diet soda so that’s a partial win. And I got a soda stream. Just bought but haven’t yet tried the diet lemonade for it. I’m totally addicted to fizz and seltzer is nice. And I’m getting as turned off my Diet Dr. Pepper was I was by Diet Coke so maybe that’s my body voting.
S is for Spark. as in the Spark to get to goal. As in SparkPeople. If I do what I did with Weight Watchers online, I can make it work with Spark. There is no difference in the foods I’m eating. As I mentioned, I went to LoseIt. I never really liked Spark and used that as an excuse not to track, which is ridiculous. But I haven’t missed a single meal since I switched to LoseIt and I’m thrilled. It’s easier to use and works well for me.
I’m going to get my knees to the point where I can do more than one squat, or I’m going to quit putting off knee surgery and get it done. N/A
It was a start, and a very good one. I’m proud of my progress although I’d be lying if I said I didn’t wish I’d lost a little more. But I know how to fix that. Now time to set some new measures of accountability in addition to continuing the ones above:
- Exercise everyday. It doesn’t have to be the gym, and my 64 stairs a day probably count anyway, but with the weather getting nice there’s no reason not to spend some time outside walking, etc. Especially because I’d really like to finish the Great Manhattan Loop.
- Eat better. Not just within the calories, but more fruits and vegetables. It’s the perfect season.
- Diversify my breakfasts. I’m getting sick of Cheerios. I think there are better options to keep me fuller too.
- Set a goal. Maybe even a Goal. Time to figure out what I’m working toward.
Weekly Loss: 1.5 lbs
Total Loss: 12.6 lbs
And the downward trend continues. Yay.
I’m fibbing slightly. This is yesterday’s number because I fell in a vat of sodium. But I’m glad I WI daily and track obsessively because I know that this morning’s number isn’t real weight. My numbers are slightly out of sync with LoseIt because I started that after I started the first DietBet, but I LOVE DietBet’s weekly reports. I just spent an unholy amount dumping them into excel and analyzing my habits
- Stay away from the sodium. OK, that’s not a lesson learned. It’s just something I need to follow because, holy crap, I can’t bend my fingers and I eat way too much salt. I actually think that’s the biggest scale driver as neither the amount of calories eaten or burned changed much while the scale does.
- Carbs are lower than I thought. I’m not actually trying to low carb it, but my carbs are lower than they were at other points I was tracking on a macro level so that’s good, I think.
- I need to eat more protein. Again, not a lesson learned but something I need to follow.
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I didn’t end up as far down as I thought I would because my scale has been all over the map and I did my final weigh in in the evening but. WOW!
The goal was 4% of my weight per Diet Bet guidelines, but I lost 5.4% if my excel calculations are right. 5.4% in one month. That’s awesome and I am proud of myself.
Perhaps the single most reason I was able to exceed this month’s goal? I tracked. Every single day of the last four weeks, I logged every morsel (down to one dorito one day) in LoseIt. I think that was even more crucial than the m&ms I ended up giving up.
I’m still not ready to set a Goal (and was glad to realize I’m not the only one who has a goal fear) but I’m going to follow Jess’ lead and set a few mini goals:
- Lose another 4%. I know at some point my weight loss will slow down but it doesn’t need to be this month. I realized from my spread sheet that if I hit the 4%s I will hit one of my goals by mid June. I want to get another solid step in that direction
- Track. That’s what I did this month, that’s what I did when I started this back in 2010. There is no excuse not to track because it’s all tracked on the scale anyway
- More water, less soda. OK, at least more lemonade.
Maybe more tomorrow. In the mean time, I’m tucking into the peanut butter sandwich I’ve wanted for two days. #HappyCari
Weekly Loss: 0.5 lbs
Total Loss: 11.1 lbs
A loss is a loss. Yeah, I’ll parrot the official loss of any loss is a good thing, but this week has been bizarre. The scale has been all over the place for two reasons: a little too much eating out and a touch of the stomach flu. Plus, the cold is finally? gone and I have my appetite back.
I made good choices while eating out but holy crap, restaurant food is salty. I am still tracking (down to the 5 chips I ate at the restaurant) so I know the daily “gains” weren’t actual weight and my fingers are still a bit bloated and dinner out was Friday night.
Hope the scale gets back on track this week. I want a good start to DietBet 3. Still, 11.1 lbs in four weeks is many kinds of WOW.
ETA: Sodium culprit IDed. Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. I might as well have drunk soy sauce. Sad, because I’d been abstaining from for this exact reason. Now I know what to avoid pre WI.
WIs for Diet Bet 2 and 3
also known as “I don’t see it in the mirror daily but I definitely see it in the photo.”
This also has to be the first time where the first place the weight (or lack thereof) has shown in my face before anywhere else.
I haven’t officially won Round 2 since weigh out isn’t tomorrow but barring diving into a massive salt vat, I will. WOW. I’m not sure what it was about DietBet that gave me the kick in the ass I needed, but I’m definitely doing Round 3., which starts Monday.
Here’s to another month of good food choices, successful weekends, and a behaving scale.
Weekly Loss: 1.8 lbs
Total Loss: 10.6 lbs
Ahh the early stage “honeymoon”. I know I won’t lose 10lbs in 3 weeks going forward so I’m definitely going to enjoy it.Â I’d love if I could consistently lose almost 2 lbs/week. This week was a bit odd. I’m sick again and haven’t felt hungry. I actually thought that, per my LoseIt numbers, I’d be lower. But… a loss is a loss.
Had a scale freak out at the gym yesterday. I don’t normally weigh myself there because it’s later in the day, I’m clothed, etc. But when I lose I don’t always trust my home scale so I wanted to double check it against another scale. The gym scale is new and it turns out it’s one of those like the Biggest Loser where the numbers go crazy before settling in. Didn’t realize that and freaked at first. In the end, it verified my home scale (taking into account clothes, water while working out) so yay!
This week is going to be crazy, but here’s to another good number and finishing off DietBet strong.
– I had a really good post, and then FireFox ate it
I was going to say I stole this format from Jess, but I won’t put my weight on the internet (despite, you know, the fact that I did before) so I’ve modified it.
Weekly Loss: 3.0 lbs
Total Loss: 8.8 lbs
I’m a daily weigher/scale peeker. Fluctuations don’t bother me — but what has bothered me with the scale I bought this fall is that it doesn’t fluctuate. Oddly, that makes me not trust it. Bizarre. So I was peeking during the week and the scale wasn’t doing what it was supposed* to. I soon realized that was because a visitor was due.
Despite some poor food choices and thanks to said visitor taking leave, nice loss. I know I won’t get 3.0 lb losses each week – or maybe not any week – but I’ll take it while it lasts and I will re-learn that any loss is a good ones. For the first time since my initial run, I really feel like my brain, heart and stomach are in the right place. Game on.
Speaking of game. I hit the DietBet 4%! It doesn’t “count” until 25 Feb final weigh but there is no excuse not to collect my winnings and be ready for the next month.
*Yes, I know our bodies aren’t optimally tuned machines but I’m silly enough to want my body to do what it does when I eat the same thing day in and day out.
and not BNL’s One Week which is in my head for some inexplicable reason.
I have officially tracked everything for one week. I can’t remember the last time I did that. I’ve tracked about one week with a day or two missing because I didn’t want to face it or some other excuse, but not this time. I really think my head is finally back in the right place to finish this.
and maybe it’s no coincidence that I’m down 6.2 this week. Hello water weight but I’ll take it.
Huge thanks to Britt, Jess and Robby for kicking my ass and lots of advice. <3 you.
And now? I tuck into this salad that is roughly the size of my head.
“Like Snickers, guaranteed to satisfy. Like Kurosawa, I make mad films, ok I don’t make films, but if I did, they’d have a Samurai”