Saturday, February 20, 2010

Weigh in #4

Another week down and hopefully one week closer to my goals. If you have been following the posts this week yo will know that the great success I have been having previously slowed down a bit this week. Between a couple of parties and a drastically different work schedule my eating habits were less than ideal this week, but not what I would call "bad" by any stretch of the imagination. I am learning that those little things that taste really good but don't fit in to the diet plan are really hard to avoid, but if I allow myself a taste I satisfy the hedonistic side of my palate while not totally wrecking my nutrition. The trick is stopping after a taste. This week I may have had two or three tastes, but I am definitely getting better and I never even approached my calorie limits.

This week I was also a bit heavy on the carbohydrates. I don't have a problem with carbs per se, and I am not doing Atkins or another ultra low carb diet, but as far as I can tell carbs hinder weight loss for me because they are so efficient at releasing energy over a long time. The same thing that helps marathoners and athletes keeps me from breaking into my body's stores of fat. that is not to say that I have been eating rolls and candy and other carb heavy things, but I have been going to Subway in a pinch or a decent meal, and I have been using low cal tortillas or other things where I could really just be eating the veggies and meat. I am still working to find the balance between keeping my meals interesting and fitting them into the program.

The Numbers

This weeks weight loss was a bit strange. I only lost weight on two days this week and the scale stayed exactly the same as the day before on the five other days. I don't think the results, for a plateau week, were that bad, but I must admit that I would have loved to see a higher number. Here are the numbers:

Current Weight: 422.2 lbs
Starting Weight: 440.2 lbs
Weight Loss This Week: 3.0 lbs
Weight Loss Total: 18 lbs

My goal this week was to be down 6 pounds, so I was no where near that, but I like to shoot high. I am still averaging 6 pounds a week and that is nothing to sneeze at. This week should allow me a lot more consistency in meal times and less parties to present temptation. I have purged the bad stuff from my home so my workplace and out with my friends are where the pitfalls are coming. I have committed to making the best of all given choices and I will continue to do that. It might not be an ideal meal I end up eating, but as the good choices add up I will be successful.

I have the day off today so I think I am going to get out of my apartment. There is nothing like a steel gray sky for a walk.


  1. 18lbs is still progress!

    Also, that pizza really did me in this week, so I feel your pain!

  2. Great work Chase! You are doing AWESOME!

    Sara Jo

  3. Wow. I thought you'd zipped for the week. Three is VERY good. It is close to the actual "goal" of most consistent, lifestyle-change based programs.

    Well done.


  4. Awesome Chase.
    Couple things you might already know but I felt like putting just in case. Don't be discouraged if you are not loosing weight as rapidly as you were at the beginning. An extreme change in the first week always leads to an extreme drop, so don't think you are doing anything wrong. Also, if you arent already make sure you are weighing yourself at the same time every day, otherwise you will get mixed results, with weighing less in the morning, ect.

    Keep it up. The going-full-to-parties is a good strategy.

  5. 3 lbs is 3 more towards your goal. it's still a step forward!