Starting Weight: 186 lbs.
Last Weigh-in: 165 lbs.
This Weigh-in: 162 lbs.
Remember in my last post when I decided to let up on my weight loss speed? Well, I don’t think I really considered the holidays. Holy gluttony, Batman! Granted, I’d just come off of losing 10 lbs. in two months, which had never happened to me, aside from maybe at camp a decade ago when I never had any time to eat and ran all over the hills all day. I had room to splurge, I think.
I am 2 lbs. away from my goal and that’s kind of a bummer. I was so close! Another disappointment I encountered was that my Polar heart rate monitor’s battery died and it took forever to find/ship one to myself before the Christmas rush. I am so addicted to numbers that it really threw me off. I also procrastinated a lot a runs that resulted in several thousand calories worth of missed opportunities. I need to get a better routine so I stop avoiding running like a doofus. I probably would have met my goal had I stopped being so lazy. I’ve also been slowly working my way back into a feeling of dessert entitlement. That attitude needs to be eliminated, now that Mom’s Christmas cookies are all gone.
What Went Right:
I set my goals before Thanksgiving through to the end of the year. There are at least three major consumption holidays in there, PLUS I am usually tasked with helping to demolish my own birthday cake. With all of that considered, I should have gained weight, not lost it. I’m counting this as a victory. Can I also mention, I never got this low last time I went on a weight loss crusade? I’m already a winner, as I started out with 15 extra lbs. this go-round. It’s crazy to think that I am skinnier now than I was at the wedding.
Moreover, I saw more physical changes this go-round than any other goal period. My shoulders are pointier, I’ve lost three inches of butt, and my stomach doesn’t stick out past my boobs anymore. I also had a bust size scare when my bras suddenly decided not to fit anymore, but then realized it was a band issue, not a boob issue. There’s still some risk that I’ll lose them as time goes on, but I guess that’s to be expected. I can wear medium things again, which is amazing since the last time I left a retail store, I was barely fitting in XL. It’s been a long year of not shopping for clothes. I have literally nothing to wear now and my favorite flannel has a ridiculous amount of extra, flappy boob space.
The weirdest of all changes was my palate. I’ve been working on not consuming things just because they are there, but suddenly, I’ve not been craving sugar that much. If you knew me about 20 years ago, you’d know that sugar was my main food group. But now? I can totally leave it. I’d rather have more sweet potatoes (still a form of sugar, I know) and peas, thanks.
All in all, I’d call this goal period a win for me. It was the holidays and I lost weight. No one could complain about that.
I think that continuing at the 2-3 lbs. per month rate is a good idea for me. Less pressure on weight loss and more focus on endurance and strength seems to be the best path for me right now. That said, my new goal is to hit 152 by March 15th. That’s 10 weeks to lose 10 lbs. Hitting 152 would put me in a healthy BMI range for the first time since around 2006, so I am definitely looking forward to seeing that number on the scale. I’d also like to work up to 5 mile runs by then. There’s no reason not to.
I hope you guys indulged this holiday without too much wear and tear on your body. Remember, it’s not the end of the world if you did.
Are you on a weight loss journey? What is your most recent success?