Weeks 42 and 43 Weigh-Ins

So, last week I gained a pound. Not a big deal, especially considering I’d lost a staggering 6.8 pounds in week 41!

  • Starting Weight: 353.4 lbs
  • Week 41: 238.4 lbs
  • Week 42: 239.4 lbs
  • Week 43: 236.4 lbs
  • Change since last post: -2.0 lbs
  • Change overall: -117.0 lbs

This week, I lost 3 pounds!

To be honest, I “deserved” a gain. I had a booze and pizza bender on Friday last week, using up ALL of my weeklies in the process, which is something I’ve never done. Subsequently. Saturday and Sunday were wrought with sugar and carb cravings, thanks to the booze. I was certain that I was falling off the wagon because I was back in the 230s and it was some sort of psychological response that I was incapable of controlling.

My good buddy Rachael talked me off the ledge and asked me to pinpoint when these out-of-control feelings began. When I really, rationally thought about it, I realized it was the booze! The same thing happened to me when I got drunk at Christmas! But I handled it much better at Christmas.

I couldn’t bear looking at my negative weekly balance. I knew I was in the red, so I actually removed the offending choices from my tracker and made sure to switch to Simply Filling for the rest of the week. I battled those binge cravings clear through Wednesday. It was terrible, but Simply Filling really was a saving grace. Things now feel back to “normal,” and it was a good reminder not to indulge in excess booze, no matter how much fun it seems at the time, or even if you planned for it ahead of time and left yourself with 18 dailies, thinking that would be enough.

My new job has been very stressful. I’m constantly learning new things and being faced with new challenges. I am having a very hard time getting my mind to just STOP. It’s constantly whirring at about a million miles an hour. I was EXHAUSTED last night after work and had every intention of going to bed early. I laid down at 8 pm, and just couldn’t fall asleep because my brain wouldn’t slow down. I was awake until midnight!

In spite of the stress, I believe I’ve been continuing to make good daily choices (with the exception of the aforementioned booze/pizza bender). I refuse to let this stress make me turn to food. I have been dying to work out to mitigate the stress, but with my foot issues, I haven’t been able to indulge in physical activity! I’m terrified of ending up with one over-compensating injury after another like I did last summer, so I’ve been taking it very easy.

I just almost signed off on this blog post by typing what I type at the bottom of every email I send at work. I’ve been working too much!

How have things been going for you guys?

Week 41 Weigh-In

After 6 weeks of stalling, a week of Simply Filling was just what I needed!

  • Starting Weight: 353.4 lbs
  • Last Week: 245.2 lbs
  • Current Week: 238.4 lbs
  • This week’s change: -6.8 lbs
  • Change overall: -115.0 lbs

6.8 pounds in just one week! And I’m in the 230s! I am within 8 pounds of my lowest adult weight.

Simply Filling was great. It was nice to take the focus off weighing and measuring everything, and just focus on the quality of my foods. It was also nice to not be eating simply for the sake of eating or eating because I had a Points allowance to meet. My plan for the foreseeable future is to do Simply Filling Sunday-Thursday, and tracking on Fridays and Saturdays.

I created another Progress page! Check out my “Face to Face” page for my metamorphosis.

In other news, I somehow managed to injure myself last weekend. I honestly have no idea what I did! I went for x-rays, and they didn’t see anything wrong with my foot… I pulled out my trusty old boot, and have been hobbling around all week!

Fashion statement!

Bruising under the second toe??

On a note completely unrelated to weight loss, the series finale of Mad Men is tomorrow. I am alternately sad and excited! Last week’s episode blew my mind!

Catching Up

So, I’ve been absent for about ever. I mentioned previously that I had been promoted, so I’ve been in my new role for a month now. It has been a big adjustment! Pretty stressful and time-consuming as well.

  • Starting Weight: 353.4 lbs
  • Last Post (Week 34): 253.4 lbs
  • Week 35: 248.8 lbs
  • Week 36: 249.0 lbs
  • Week 37: 246.2 lbs
  • Week 38: 246.2 lbs
  • Week 39: 246.2 lbs
  • Week 40: 245.2 lbs
  • Change since last post: -8.2 lbs
  • Change overall: -108.2 lbs

I met my goal of getting under 250 AND my 30% (247.4) goal! Great scale victories. Next up on the goal-front: getting under 230, which coincides with my 35% goal of 229.7 pounds. 230 is a HUGE deal for me, as it is my lowest adult weight. It’s about what I weighed when I graduated from high school. If you remember my story, I was able to get down to 230 a few years ago before gaining back the 95 pounds I’d managed to lose. There’s a definite mental block in place here. I honestly can’t imagine being under 230, even though I’m just over 15 pounds away. And getting under 200 pounds? I still can’t even begin to fathom it. I will get there, but I still have a whole lot of work to do on my mindset.

I think it’s pretty evident that the stress and changes from my new position are affecting me, weight-wise. I have been eating more carbs, not drinking enough water, and using most, if not all, of my weekly PointsPlus allowance. The stall in my weight loss is definitely not due to a natural plateau! More often than not, I’ve found myself wanting to stray from the plan, but I haven’t given in. I’ve had more beer and pizza in the past month than in the past 10 months combined, but I counted every last bit, even when I didn’t want to. And I weighed in, even when I didn’t want to. I haven’t gained, which is great, but the change in attitude is concerning. I have been preoccupied with work and really wanted to fall back into my old habits. Anyway, thanks to Rachael, I’ve decided to make some changes.

  • I changed back to Simply Filling this week to help kick the habit of excessive carbs, granola bars, and pizza. I haven’t decided how long I will stick with it, but the change is refreshing!
  • I switched my weigh-in days from Monday to Friday (my first Friday weigh-in was 5/1/15 (Week 39). I initially chose Mondays to keep myself on track over the weekends. It was good in the beginning, but I’m at the point now that I want to be able to have a beer or two on the weekend and not worry about the water retention ruining my Monday weigh-in. I think this will be a good change!

The thing is, even though I’ve only lost 3.6 pounds in the past 5 weeks, the tape measure still showed major progress! I move around a lot more in my new job, which is awesome. Plus, I think the stall in my weight loss is a good thing – it’s giving my skin a chance to catch up and possibly tighten up. Since March’s measurements, the following changes took place:

  • Bust: no change (41.25″)
  • Waist: -1.75″ (37.5″)
  • Hips: no change (55.0″)
  • R arm: -0.75″ (16.25″)
  • R thigh: -1.25″ (28.75″)
  • R calf: -1.0″ (18.5″)

Do you see that?! My calves have been the same size since at least September 2014 (when I still weighed well over 300 pounds). Boom! Just like that, a WHOLE INCH. Huge deal!

I also mentioned in my last post that I had to fly for work. I was really nervous about it, just because I have avoided flying since I was 18 years old and weighed about 230 pounds – it was a close fit then, so I was worried I wasn’t going to fit. It was still a close fit, and there was more of me spilling into the seat next to me than I would have liked, but I didn’t need a seatbelt extender. This was such a big deal for me! I feel like I can go anywhere or do anything now. D and I have been planning trips ever since! Next big goal? Riding rollercoasters! I won’t try that until I’m closer to 215 pounds.

What else is new? The weather has been gorgeous, and I’ve been spending a lot of time outside doing yardwork and the like. I’m thinking about buying a new bike, and trying to plan for a good weekend to go kayaking with my awesomely handsome husband. Speaking of my husband, he’s lost even more weight too! He’s now tipping the scales at about 165 pounds. Since he’s over 6′ tall, he’s within his healthy weight range. He looks great, and he’s more active than ever!

We also remodeled our pantry. It’s still a work in progress, but I’m really proud of it! We worked together on a concept, and D built the whole thing himself. I was in charge of decorating and organizing… and a little painting.

And finally, I kept up with my tradition of taking bimonthly progress pictures (also updated on my Progress Pictures page). I can’t believe the changes I’m seeing in myself! In spite of being stressed out and exhausted lately, I feel amazing. I can’t imagine how I would have coped with this change a year ago.

I was going to wear the same pink tank in April that I wore for February’s photos. I put it on, and it was WAY too big! Also, I showed a comparison photo to one of my friends recently. She said, “I love that you’re still bootylicious after a 100-lb weight loss!” Excuse me, 108.2-pound weight loss!

And of course – I received my Blogger Care Package from Harley! She was so creative, and I loved everything. I can’t even pick a favorite at this point, though I have been carting that adorable cup around with me everywhere! D has also been enjoying the Crystal Light packets 🙂 I hope everyone else has had as much fun with the package swap as I have! Did everyone get to send out their packages? Tell me about your experience! I need to get back in the loop, stat!


And because I love comparison pictures…