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Version 2.0: There And Back Again

Month: May 2014

Weighty Matters: Weeks 9 & 10

ScaleEach week I share my latest weigh-in as recorded by Weight Watchers. I’m using my weight from my return to Weight Watchers in 2014 as my starting weight; my original starting weight from 2006 is 292 pounds. My highest recorded weight is 325 pounds, in May of 1999.

Week 9, 5/13/14
Starting Weight: 256.6 lbs (292.0 lbs)
Last Week: 236.6 lbs
This Week: 234.4 lbs
Weekly Change: -2.2 lbs
Total Change: -20.2 lbs (-57.6 lbs)

Week 10, 5/20/14
Starting Weight: 256.6 lbs (292.0 lbs)
Last Week: 234.4 lbs
This Week: 233.0 lbs
Weekly Change: -1.4 lbs
Total Change: -21.6 lbs (-59.0 lbs)

Here are my weigh-ins for the last two weeks. I’ve been preoccupied lately and haven’t been able to keep the site updated on a regular basis. Even so, I’m cruising right along with a “slow and steady wins the race” vibe that seems to be working for me.

Things I did right: The numbers keep going down, and while I’m facing some challenges, overall I’ve been making better choices at mealtimes. I’ve also been going to the gym on an almost regular basis.

Things I didn’t do: This time around, the blog has been taking a back seat to offline priorities. I’m working on finding a balance; I don’t want to let the blog fizzle out.

Weighty Matters: Week 8

ScaleEach week I share my latest weigh-in as recorded by Weight Watchers. I’m using my weight from my return to Weight Watchers in 2014 as my starting weight; my original starting weight from 2006 is 292 pounds. My highest recorded weight is 325 pounds, in May of 1999.

Week 8, 5/6/14
Starting Weight: 256.6 lbs (292.0 lbs)
Last Week: 237.6 lbs
This Week: 236.6 lbs
Weekly Change: -1.0 lbs
Total Change: -18.0 lbs (-55.4 lbs)

Last week started off with multiple eating out challenges. I did well, but had to play catch-up the rest of the week. Other than that, the week was rather uneventful.

Starting in June, my company is sponsoring a fitness challenge for all its employees. The object is to log the number of steps you take every day, and at the end of the six week program, you’re rewarded with gift cards based on your daily average step count. I’m challenging myself to average over 13,000 steps per day. The $100 Amazon gift card has absolutely nothing to do with it.

Things I did right: I made it to all 3 of my planned gym days last week and started off on the right foot this week. I finally went grocery shopping again for food to make for my brown bag breakfasts and lunches. And, as I mentioned above, I signed up for the fitness challenge at work.

Things I didn’t do: With all the new demands on my time caused by trying to get back to a healthier lifestyle (going to the gym, Weight Watchers meetings, etc.), I’ve been getting lax in keeping up with things that are my responsibility around the house. I need to work on keeping a balance and not ignoring things I still need to get done.

TBT: Taking Back Control

Wayback MachineThrowback Thursday seems to be a popular meme on the internet these days, so I decided to get in on the fun here. I’ll be re-posting some favorite articles from my first Gotta Keep It Off! blog and maybe even some other blasts from the past in this space.

In the second of my Throwback Thursday posts, I talk about how I took back control and did something about my weight and my health. Since then, I managed to surrender that control; I’m now in the process of getting it back. This post was originally published on January 5, 2008.

Taking Back Control

Some 20 months ago, I started the fight to take back control of my weight. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that I’ve been fairly successful with that project so far.

With the new year, I set some small goals to help me get started taking control of a few other areas of my life. In fact, I’m keeping track of two of them at the bottom of my posts for the rest of the year.

Over the years I’ve let lots of things get out of control in my life. Some small, some large. Some trivial, some with consequences. Some I talk about here, some will always be private. It isn’t even that I lost control of those things. I gave away that control.

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned over the last 20 months, it’s that it’s not impossible to regain control. It takes hard work and perseverance, but it can be done. And once you regain control of one thing, you can use everything that you’ve learned in that battle and apply it to the next thing, and the next, until you slowly but surely have a whole string of successes behind you.

It may never be easy, but it does get a little easier with each success. And with each success, the reward becomes even greater.

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