Friday, May 20, 2011

Weigh in 2:17

Meh.  The results are lackluster this week, but the journey through the week felt pretty good.  I certainly wasn't perfect, but I kept fairly good track of my intake and got in 4 workouts this week.  I have done a lot of speculating in the last weeks when my weight loss has been stalled that has attributed my lack of movement to something that makes me look good, like gaining muscle.  It has been a convenient excuse, but this week I actually think that might be true.  My clothes are fitting a bit more loosely and for the first time in a while my reflection in the mirror looks a bit more svelte.  If I am in fact making that kind of progress then it was a good week, but as I said I was less than perfect.  I know where my mistakes were for the most part, but the victories I can build on for the coming week were:

-Cooked more than I have in a while.  Good, cheap meals at a reasonable nutritional level were the key to my quick progress in the 1st 10 months and regardless of the time I have lost to my new job I need to get back to that.
-4 workouts.  The elliptical broke again, so this week might be difficult for really good cardio, but I can still do something, and something is better than nothing.  I am also pondering getting a bike to enjoy the summer with.  Suggestions from friends who bike would be appreciated.
-Smarter snacking.  I wasn't great this week, but I was better, and I need to keep that progress going.  Bad snacks and my sweet tooth are still my biggest hurdles nutritionally.
-Less coffee.  I know I have been retaining water, and the caffeine hasn't helped.  Coffee is also a carrier for sugar and milk, which are alright in moderation, but I have been less than moderate.  I am cutting back a bit.

Here are the numbers:

Current Weight: 280 lbs
Starting Weight: 440.2 lbs
Weight Loss This Week: -0.2 lbs
Weight Loss in Year 2: 5.2 lbs
Weight Loss Total: 160.2 lbs


  1. Man!! I love my bike! And Chicago in the spring and summer and fall are just the greatest with a bike. I do my best with "workouts" when there is a destination. Forcing myself to walk places when the weather is nice or bike everywhere I'm going is cheaper than the car or train (free) and is a great way to trick myself into exercise!! Get some podcasts and get going! Bike it OUT!

  2. I agree with Alex above. I loving biking in the city when the weather is good. I got my first bike off craigslist a few years ago, and you should be able to find a decent one for cheap. I would recommend a road or dirt bike for you.

    Always wear a helmet and look out for people opening doors into the bike lane!

  3. Biking is the best. I bike EVERYWHERE over the summer. Living right off of the lake front path is a great foray into biking as well!

    Craigslist is a great resource. I also got my bike from Nearly New, which is on Broadway where Halsted ends right before Irving Park. They recommended a bike for me that suited my needs and my size--which was a tricky thing for me as, well, I'm lilliputian. They also helped me maintain my bike until I became comfortable filling my tires and became friends with other people who could help me out too.

    Alex and Katie are spot on!

  4. Hi Chase! I recently broke through a "plateau" with this mindset: I know what and how to eat in order to STAY at this weight... now I need to learn and practice how to eat to get to a different weight. It turns out losing 5-10 pounds is fairly simple for me--I can still have desserts, etc. But losing my last 5 pounds, I am having to change my diet even more than I did when I started losing weight. You might have to make more adjustments than you thought you did! But congrats on keeping track of everything you eat--that's the only thing that works for me, to be honest :)

  5. it's been awhile since I have checked into your blog, and I am in awe of your progress; you may be thinking in small increments, but consider 160 pounds! That's incredible, and you should be very, very proud of your accomplishment. I certainly am proud of you, and can't wait to see you in person... maybe in August?