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Weekly Weigh-In

Gain/loss for the week: -1.5 lbs
Cumulative loss (past eight weeks): 12.4
Lbs away from revised goal: 4.4

Today's results are much better than anticipated at the start of the week. However, that has everything to do with the fact that I kept the eating in check during Friday's Philly day-trip with Tank. Yes, I had one Tastykake product, a proper Philly soft pretzel, and half of a cheesesteak (I shared one with Tank, who was interested in eating a variety of foods -- he likely ate more than I did), but otherwise I didn't really indulge in any meaningful way during the day. In fact, truth be told, I really wouldn't have minded skipping the cheesesteak -- though I do enjoy them on occasion, they were never a huge attraction to me in the first place, and the half I did consume resulted in some rather uncomfortable gastrointestinal distress (I'm probably not used to eating incredibly fatty foods anymore).

At this point, I have finally achieved the original goal I set for myself back in April -- a goal that I didn't actually reach before embarking on my unhealthy summer bender. I'm also quite pleased that this month I have managed to stay on course through TeenLitGirl's and Tank's birthdays. I'm certain that replacing my "bad" day with one "bad" meal is the biggest difference maker during this particular attempt to bring my weight down to where it should be. Earlier this year, I lost an average of just over 0.8 lbs/week; this time around it's slightly over 1.5 lbs/week. Once I reach my goal, I will resume allowing myself one bad day -- either that or a couple additional bad meals over the course of the week. I can make a decision as I get closer to my revised goal, but for now I just need to focus on maintaining the routines I've established over the past eight week.


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Oct. 22nd, 2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
I don't know what plan you are following but is it maintainable long term? What you are doing? Otherwise, won't the weight come back?

I can honestly say that I do not want nor crave

regular pasta
white bread
ice cream

We had a catered lunch today and I had one very small cookie from the dessert area. I didn't even really want it so next time I'll skip it entirely and I don't feel "deprived" or like I am holding myself back through willpower, either. KWIM?

Oct. 23rd, 2013 12:28 am (UTC)
I'm not following a particular plan. I'm eating a quasi-vegetarian diet wherein I eat chicken roughly once per week, red meat approximately once every month or so, and fish/seafood almost never. I'm also eating very little dairy beyond 1% milk and the typical amount of cheese you would find on a couple slices of pizza every week. Finally, I try to do eveything I can to ensure that all the pasta, breads, and cereals I consume use whole wheat flour.

Beyond that, I am just paying strict attention to calories and portion sizes. I'm averaging about 1800 calories/day, not counting the extra calories I consume in a "bad" meal, where I just go ahead and eat what I feel like calorie-wise. That in conjunction with my five days of intense cardio at the gym per week (average time on the elliptical motion machine is between 30-35 minutes) is what's taking the weight off.

When I stick to plan, I'm fine. Even with the weight I gained during summer bender, I was still nearly 50 pounds below where I was in April 2011, when I first determined that I had to permanently change my eating & exercising habits. I've only had a couple benders since the end of 2011, when I initially got down to my desired weight -- in both case I gained 10-15 pounds mostly because I just got lazy. I don't actually crave the foods I no longer typically eat, but when I do indulge I have to be careful as it can snowball -- especially in the case of certain foods I really used to love eating regularly.
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