Starting Weight: 186 lbs.
Last Weigh-in: 155 lbs.
This Weigh-in: 151 lbs.
I didn’t get to go on many runs for most of this quarter, due to the pneumonia I contracted from one of the four sweet, little puddles of contagion that I call my ‘nephews’. I’m pretty sure it was one of them because my mom also got it 12 days later. Note to boys: If I find out who it was, you are not getting college money from me. I lost major running/life mileage because of this. I also didn’t reach my goal of 150, which is fine because a) it’s only a pound and b) I was too sick to really care about it.
What Went Right:
Before I got sick, my family was at the beach for a good amount of time. For some reason, I always eat really well at the beach. Mom and I cook dinner with salad every night and I usually rediscover my love of chicken and bbq sauce. I also went on a huge fruit kick during the trip that leaked over into my regular life.
Back to the sickness — I went a whole 45 days without running and that nearly drove me insane. But the other side of this whole illness thing is that I lost weight from not having enough energy to eat anything, especially any sort of recreational eating. No burger dates. No giant Italian dishes. Just regular, simple food that I only had to travel a few paces to obtain, seasoned with lots of tea and cough drops. Over 300 Ricola cough drops have been consumed in a six week span.
Once I was well enough to move again, I did. I gardened, I ran, I hiked, I biked… along with various other activities that might be hidden inside the major plot lines of a Dr. Seuss novel. Aside from being sick, this was probably the best quarter I’ve had, nutritionally/actively speaking. I finally reached a healthy BMI range for my size, and that should also be celebrated.
My new goal is to hit 145 by December 15th. I’m pretty sure I can do this, since I’m seemingly back to my regularly scheduled weight loss patterns. I’m super pumped for this next milestone, since I haven’t been near 145 since I was 18 or so. I’m going to write a book touting pneumonia as a great weight loss catalyst and plateau breaker. I will sell millions of books, make the rounds on the talk show circuit, and eventually be involved in a scandal due to eating more than my investments in Pirate’s Booty mac and cheese and losing face for being so morally weak.
Usually, I limit the weight loss posts to what you’ve already read, but I wanted to update on some stuff that doesn’t really fit anything above. Most of all, the tragedy of being on a strict budget and losing weight. I’ve found ways around it through Goodwill and cheap big box stores so far. But now that I’ve lost enough to be swimming in my clothes for the second time, I’m really having more trouble than I’m letting on about. Literally 90% of the clothes I wear are either too big or are worn-looking due to each well-fitting item is having to pull triple duty. People keep telling me I should be happy about this. I am. I’m happy about continuing to lose weight and seeing my goals become reality. That’s pretty boss. I am not so happy about wearing clothes that look like hand-me-downs from my big sister. She’s shorter than me now and puberty is over a decade gone. Time to wear clothes that fit.
In short, expect more sewing DIY action on this blog. Once I make a dress form (yes, make), I’m going into turbo-craft mode. I’m too cheap for this nonsense.
Are you on a weight loss journey? What is your most recent success?