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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.

Weighty Matters: Week 7

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 7, 4/29/14
Starting Weight: 256.6 lbs (292.0 lbs)
Last Week: 240.4 lbs
This Week: 237.6 lbs
Weekly Change: -2.8 lbs
Total Change: -17.0 lbs (-54.4 lbs)

It appears that I’ve finally been able to rid myself of that pesky cold, with just a touch of a dry cough left to get rid of. On Monday I was back at the gym, taking it easy on the treadmill. I’ll be ramping up my workouts in the weeks ahead and looking for a reasonable free-weight workout for a middle-aged beginner.

Things I did right: For the most part I just kept doing what I’ve been doing and trying my best to get rid of the last of my cold. We were at a family function over the weekend and I was about 80% pleased with the food choices I made. I also made it back to the gym and did a bit of cardio.

Things I didn’t do: There’s still that 20% of food choices that I made at the family function that I wasn’t happy with. The homemade potato salad was definitely worth a second helping, but the bite-sized mini eclairs that kept finding their way into my mouth were not. I need to work on that. I would also like to make writing here a higher priority.

Weighty Matters: Week 6

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 6, 4/22/14
Starting Weight: 256.6 lbs (292.0 lbs)
Last Week: 241.4 lbs
This Week: 240.4 lbs
Weekly Change: -1.0 lbs
Total Change: -14.2 lbs (-51.6 lbs)

I’ve been sick with a lingering cold that’s left me miserable for two weeks now, and the hacking cough that goes with it is keeping me from doing much of anything that requires regular breathing. So I’ve left both the blog and Twitter, not to mention the gym, alone for a while to rest and give this thing a chance to go away. I’m almost there, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Things I did right: My family enjoyed a nice Easter dinner at my mother-in-law’s on Sunday. I didn’t go crazy with portions, and was able to enjoy a few treats without piling on.

Things I didn’t do: I lost my pedometer during the week, and it seems to have affected my motivation for getting up and walking more. The feedback of seeing those 10,000+ steps registering on that little device pushed me to keep going.I was able to handling walking, even with the hacking cough.

Weighty Matters: Week 5

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 5, 4/15/14
Starting Weight: 256.6 lbs (292.0 lbs)
Last Week: 244.0 lbs
This Week: 241.4 lbs
Weekly Change: -2.6 lbs
Total Change: -13.2 lbs (-50.6 lbs)

I did well in spite of a nasty head cold that started out bad and has been hanging around with no signs of leaving. This week is sort of a milestone, as it marks 50 pounds lost from my original WW starting weight of 292 pounds. I first crossed that threshold on August 22, 2006, over seven and a half years ago!

Things I did right: I actually got back to the gym this week after missing a couple days thanks to my cold. I’m still working on getting more than two days in a row of 10,000+ steps. Watched what I ate in spite of being sick.

Things I didn’t do: Missed two days at the gym because I was sick. Still concerned about my breathing now that I’m developing a hacking cough.

 

Sunday Nibbles: Sick & Tired

"Sheep nibbles washing" Tyne & Wear Archives & MuseumsI caught a nasty head cold this week that kept me out of work for a couple days and now seems to be traveling down into my chest. It also interrupted my first week at the gym, which was disappointing. The last time I was in the neighborhood of my goal weight, I rarely, if ever, got sick. I’m looking forward to that particular fringe benefit once I return to the old neighborhood!

  • Once I got back to work on Friday, I managed another 10,000+ step day.
  • I let myself sleep in over the weekend to help fight the cold.
  • I’m starting to get tired of apples and bananas – time to switch up the fruit.
  • My ability to breathe will determine my gym schedule this week.
  • Lunch for the week: Grilled chicken with a selection of green veggies.

Have a great week and keep working toward your goals!

Fitness Friday: False Start

Walter MillerThis week got off to a good start. I had joined the gym at work, and on Monday I spent a good 30 minutes on the treadmill and elliptical. It felt good and I enjoyed it. I was looking forward to coming back the rest of the week.

Then everything went to hell. I started feeling a little out of sorts on Tuesday night after my Weight Watchers meeting, and on Wednesday I woke up to an elephant sitting on my chest and about 70 pounds of mucous congealing in my sinuses. I called out from work and missed Wednesday’s visit to the gym, opting to rest up and drink plenty of fluids.

Yesterday I felt the same and called out from work again. Usually these things hit me hard the first few days, then are manageable until they finally fade away. That’s why I decided to ride it out over the weekend and rest up for Monday. By then I’ll be able to breathe a little better and won’t feel like I’m stuck in quicksand.

In the mean time, it’s rest, fluids, and the internet to keep me company.

TBT: My Story, Parts One & Two

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.

To kick off my very own Throwback Thursday series, here are two posts that were originally published on July 5th, 2007. They flesh out, if you’ll pardon the pun, a bit of my background and will give you an idea of how I got started on the road to losing 130 pounds.

My Story, Part One

I never remember being anywhere near thin growing up. I always remember needing husky clothes, and even though I remember playing outside a lot, I was never what you could call athletic. There was also a lot of emotional/stress eating back then, as my parents had divorced when I was 4, and I was never very comfortable around the man that eventually became my stepfather.

In high school I was smart enough academically to take enough classes to avoid having to take gym throughout my four years there. My interest in aviation had me considering the Air Force Academy at one point, but I was put off by the fitness requirements.

By the time I graduated, I was about 5′ 9″ tall and weighed about 215. I remained in that neighborhood through a few semesters of college, then aircraft mechanic school. In the meantime I met this young lady who captured my fancy, and in 1982 we announced our engagement.

As the wedding date drew closer I was determined to look good in my tuxedo and began a diet of my own design in order to drop 40 pounds. I also started working out with the RCAF 5BX Program and by the time of the wedding in October of 1984 I had reached my goal of 175 pounds and I looked and felt great.

Unfortunately, I thought my work was over at that point and began falling back into the old habits. My new bride’s wonderful Italian cooking skills and my own love of cooking didn’t help my waistline at all, and the weight started coming back.

At one point, I don’t remember when, I tried the Atkins diet and lost 50 pounds in three months. I stopped because I just couldn’t continue eating that way any more. I’m glad that it works for some people, but I just couldn’t do that for the rest off my life.

My Story, Part Two

By the time May of 1999 rolled around I had ballooned up to 325 pounds. Things didn’t look so hot at work, so I started taking classes in case I needed to find another job. I was going to school during the day and working at night, and maybe getting about 4-5 hours of sleep every night.

About two weeks before I graduated from school, I came down with pneumonia and nearly didn’t graduate. Once I recovered, I started losing weight with very little effort. I also started becoming extremely thirsty, drinking gallons of water a day and urinating just as much. By the time January of 2000 rolled around I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

So there I was, just a few weeks after my 40th birthday. I had high blood pressure, diabetes, and weighed 290 pounds. I started taking care of myself, got my weight down to about 275, but soon after it started back up and seemed to stabilize at 290 plus or minus 5 pounds.

As long as my blood pressure and blood sugar readings were under control with my medications, I really didn’t pay attention to my weight. I did become somewhat concerned in 2005 when my meds had to be increased, but not concerned enough to do anything about it.

By the start of 2006, I was on 4 daily blood pressure pills and two diabetes pills. Then something interesting happened. That April my 16 year old son started giving me grief because he was starting to grow taller than me. At the same time, he was rowing for his high school crew team, trying to make a lightweight boat.

That’s when it hit me. Here he was, taller than me, rowing in a boat where the maximum weight was 150 pounds. Almost twice his weight. I was almost twice his weight. That hit home. Hard.

They say God works in mysterious ways. The next week I saw fliers in work for the next Weight Watchers at Work session that was starting up. Coincidence? Anyway, I signed up, took it seriously, and now, a little over a year later, I’m under my goal weight, a lifetime member of Weight Watchers, and probably within 5 pounds of my son’s weight. I never in a million years thought that I had it in me to make such a profound change. I guess we all have something within ourselves that enables us to do something life changing. We just have to keep looking for it until we find it.

So that’s my story. I hope you enjoyed it.

Weighty Matters: Week 4

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.

I missed reporting on last week’s weigh-in, so I’ll start there.

Week 3, 4/1/14
Starting Weight: 254.6 lbs (292.0 lbs)
Weigh-in: 246.6 lbs
Weekly Change: -2.0 lbs
Total Change: -8.0 lbs (-45.4 lbs)

It was a solid week with no major challenges, so I was pleased with the result.

Week 4, 4/8/14
Starting Weight: 256.6 lbs (292.0 lbs)
Weigh-in: 244.0 lbs
Weekly Change: -2.6 lbs
Total Change: -10.6 lbs (-48.0 lbs)

I’m pretty happy with this week’s results as well, especially now that I’m showing a double digit loss.

Things I did right: Started my gym membership, got in a few days of 10K+ steps, packed good lunches all week, planned ahead for a night out.

Things I didn’t do: I didn’t track any of my meals. I should do this so I don’t start half-assing things.

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