Saturday, January 27, 2007

Golden Jubilee

It took the better part of a month, but I did it. I have lost 50 lbs!

This is the most I have lost in my life. The last time I was at this weight was in 2000. Seriously. And that was only after losing 25 lbs on a low carb (unsustainable) diet and tri-weekly trips to the university gym where I swam and lifted weights. Once I no longer had access to the gym, and once the bagels started calling my name again, my weight came back, rather quickly.

Fifty pounds. That's a third of what I wanted to lose. "Only" two-thirds to go.

Thank you, Weight Watchers, for helping me get my ass in gear.

Starting Weight: 304.4 lbs
Current Weight: 254.4 lbs
Weight Lost: 50 lbs

I have a goal, now that I know I can do this: 150 lbs. And that's going to be a muscular 150!

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Happy New Year!

Seasons greetings, diet fans!

I must admit that I didn't take as much care in my eating and exercising over the holidays as I should have. I went away for New Year's and barely kept track of my eating, hardly drank any water, and didn't do a lick of exercise.

So, when I got back home I knew I had to get serious. I kissed my 35 extra points goodbye and monitored myself strictly. No snacks at the office. No holiday cookies. I even cut down my coffee consumption in favor of green tea. (I need milk in my coffee and I'm not always willing to spend that extra point).

I also started walking in the evening for 30 minutes. I just walk around the block, over and over. I'm sure my neighbors think I'm strange. I thought I heard a teen from the drug house across the street call out "Fatso" during one of my nightly strolls, but that might be my own issues interfering with my hearing. (It's not always about me, after all. He could have been saying, "Is that so?" and I only heard the tail end of it. Besides, I am fat. So?)

I did not want to be one of the rueful gainers when I got back to WW this week. I already had to deal with the headshake of disappointment from the aged secretary last week when I gained back the magical 2.4 pounds I'd lost the week before (I insist that their scale was off. There is no way I'd lost that weight, and so there was no way I gained it back. I'd been hovering on a 260-lb plateau for three weeks). Lo and behold, my efforts paid off in 4.2-lb loss! Huzzah.

I'm starting the new year on a good note, and I hope the trend continues. I'm so very close to 50 lbs down now.

Starting Weight: 304.4 lbs
Current Weight: 256.6 lbs
Weight Lost: 47.8 lbs

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Exciting New Find

Okay, it's not very exciting. I tried shirataki noodles for the first time last night. In case you don't know, the noodles are made from Japanese yam and tofu. They are very low in calories and carbohydrates: a whole package is worth 1 WW point.

They're fairly slimy right out the package, and you have to rinse off the foul-smelling liquid well. (Seriously, the stuff smells like the codfish section of the local fruit stand). The noodles firm up with cooking, although I recommend you boil them in some kind of broth (I used chicken buillion) because in and of themselves, the noodles have no flavor. My attempt at a sort of alfredo sauce with a light Laughing Cow wedge was not unsuccessful. I look forward to experimenting with stronger accompaniements next time I feel for pasta.

Weigh in tonight. I don't expect to have lost any weight this week. I've been excercising almost every night, and haven't gone too deep into my extra points. But I feel bloated. So, I will look for other non-weight evidence of progress this week.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Long Time No Write

I know, that is not an incredibly inventive title. It has been a while. I wonder why I lose interest in my blog so easily. I fear this is a symptom of my general condition: dilletantism.

It's not even that I've been doing poorly. Things have been going quite well. I've managed to stay on program and have achieved some significant progress. To whit:

1) A trip to the doctor's office (for the first time in years) revealed that my blood pressure is 110/70. Amazing. Until v. recently, I'd been on the borders of high blood pressure.

2) The walk across campus which used to leave me breathless and sweaty three months ago can now be accomplished without mini-breaks and panting. No need to pretend to be enthralled with the plantings and squirrel in an attempt to surreptitiously catch my breath.

3) The belt I bought is now too big, and does very little to help me hold up the even bigger pants I own. (The downside is that all the clothes I bought over the summer for my new job are now too big and I have hardly had the chance to wear them. New clothes are nice. Paying for new clothes, not so much, especially since I plan not to fit in them in a few more months anyway.)

4) The damn crotch-numbing exercise bike has gotten easier to ride, although it is by no means comfortable. I am not an athlete, by any stretch of the imagination, but I made an agreement with myself to ride for 20 minutes every day, and it's paying off.

5) I managed to lose weight over Thanksgiving. Yeah, willpower!

Starting Weight: 304.4 lbs.
Current Weight: 262.2 lbs.
Weight Lost: 42.2 lbs.


250 by year's end seems more attainable now.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Four Steps Forward, Three Steps Back

Oh, the PMS Tango! Last Tuesday I was up THREE POUNDS, nearly undoing my lovely 10% loss. Dreaded female troubles were the culprit, or so I hoped.

I went to Boston this past weekend, and walked all over the city for hours and hours. Surely walking the Freedom Trail counts as at least 5 points exercise, right? I also made fairly good food choices. Soup, vegetables, whole grain breads, chicken breast, granola bars raisin bran--these were my staples.

I was gratified to see my weight drop four pounds. I should go on vacation more often!

SW: 304.4 lbs
CW: 270.4 lbs
WL: 34 lbs

Goal: 50 lbs by the end of the year. 16 lbs to go!

Friday, October 13, 2006

The Hunger

For the first time since starting this new program, I have been ravenously hungry this week. I really wanted to eat lots of pizza and grilled cheese. The great thing about the Flex Points system is that I can eat pizza and grilled cheese. I just cannot eat them both, at the end of the day, once I’ve already eaten all my allotted points for the day. And, I guess, that is the other good thing about the system: I have to plan my indulgence. I can’t eat everything I want whenever I want. Just having to write things down forces me to stop and take a look at what I’m doing. Because, unchecked, I can and will have an entire large pizza and chase it with a couple grilled cheese sandwiches. Because I am greedy.

The chilly weather heralds the arrival of the ultimate junk food: The Pumpkin Donut. I cannot wait for them to start at Dunkin Donuts. In fact, I don’t think I’ve eaten a donut since last pumpkin time. I will definitely set aside a few points for those.

My upper respiratory/sinus infection is forcing me to go to the doctor on Monday. I know my coworkers will be happy for me to stop sneezing, coughing, and snotting over everything. I will be happy to hear out of my left ear again.

I will also take advantage of my time with the doctor to get the gym forms filled out. I want to start using the gym at the college where I work, and I need a letter from my doctor saying I won’t stroke out on the elliptical machine. I am really pleased with my weight loss so far, but I’m also looking forward to doing some serious exercise. Muscles, here I come!

SW: 304.4 lbs
CW: 271.4 lbs
WL: 33 lbs

Goal: Still no ultimate goal weight, but I’d like to see 250 lbs by the end of the year.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Oh, My Lungs!

This cold has turned into bronchitis, which makes everything difficult. Working out is impossible. Walking is impossible. Driving is barely possible, because the coughing fits sometimes make it hard to keep my eyes on the road.

Even eating is hard, because my appetite is unpredictable. I am hungry, but not often enough to eat my daily allotment of points out of the low calorie foods in my house. Thirty points is a whole lot of veggie burgers and light yoghurts. I cannot deal with the volume of food it would require. I guess it would be easier to eat a calorie laden meal, but the last thing I want, when I'm sick, is a big knot of food sitting in my stomach while I'm trying to sleep.

So, how do I get enough rest, eat enough to not lose too much weight, and maintain (or even augment) my weight loss this week when I cannot even breathe?