Saturday, February 6, 2010

Weigh in #2

The first week is up! Thanks to all of you who are still with me on the road. Having driven from Houston to Chicago and back a couple of times I know how minuscule on mile marker can seem in the grand scheme of things, but they add up quickly and that is the attitude I am trying to take into this figurative journey.

I feel like the week has been a success. I have made much better choices with my meals and I am controlling portions pretty well. I have been hungry from time to time, but I think that is okay because I am paying attention to my body now and learning to differentiate hunger from feeling full or thirsty, things I have never been able to tell apart in the past.

I have also been making better choices in terms of eating habits. I have been consistently eating 3 moderate meals with two small snacks a day. I have also been drinking at least 12 cups of water a day. The frequency of my meals helps me eat less at any one and overall, and eating breakfast consistently has left me less hungry and more energized throughout the day.

My weight has reflected this success. When I started a weight loss program in the past I lost quite a bit the first couple of weeks, so I have been expecting the same. I have been keeping track of my weight through the week to give myself accurate calorie goals, but I will continue to post once a week in the future. Here are this weeks numbers:

Current Weight: 431.6 lbs
Starting Weight: 440.2 lbs
Weight Loss This Week: 8.6 lbs
Weight Loss Total: 8.6 lbs

I am really pleased with those numbers. Judging by the number of calories I have been eating this is mostly body fat, but my thinking on that is that if I do my best to have good habits my body composition will come along on its own.

I did not exercise as much as I wanted to this week. This will probably be my biggest challenge. It's not terrible at the moment because my body uses so many calories just to function each day that I can easily stay under that number. As I get closer to my goal, however, eating less alone wont be enough, and I would like to build good habits now and be hitting my stride with exercise before I really need it for my weight loss. I'll do better this week.

So, goals for the coming week: Exercise more. Continue to follow the good habits with food that I have started. Don't let the Superbowl mess me up too bad.

On the road again.


  1. Sounds like a solid first week. And you don't have to slip up for the Super Bowl. Think about all of the things that you used to associate with smoking. A cigarette after a meal, with coffee or alcohol, waiting for a bus/train etc. You learned that you could do all of those things without smokes, and this is no different. You can enjoy the game tomorrow without the old habits. Ranch dip doesn't really have anything to do with football. Bring some healthy snacks to whatever party you're going to, and stick to those.

    Looking forward to next week's post. See you around. Go Saints!

  2. Good work Chase. Smart eating a good breakfast in the morning that you can coast on for the rest of the day. Try to space your last meal of the day away from when you go to bed as much as possible since your body is obviously burning less calories when you are asleep. Keep it up!
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