Positive loss

posted by Jeff | Tuesday, March 20, 2007, 4:47 PM | comments: 7

I started back on Weight Watchers Online last week, because the only way I can keep at it is by plugging numbers into a Web site (because I'm a nerd). I'm down two pounds in the first week, which is about what I expected. Not drinking soda at work easily scores me the first half-pound a week.

I realized in November that I had fallen off the horse a bit. It was a strange realization that all of a sudden I was ten pounds over my goal weight from the year before, and I could feel it, and sort of see it. That ten pounds has a pretty dramatic impact on my appearance, at least to me.

So this time around, I'd like to go even further. I'd like to go anywhere from ten to 20 pounds beyond my original goal weight if my body will allow it. It's hard to say what's "normal" for me, because I was about 180 in high school, and if you look at the photos, I was really scrawny looking. I apparently have high bone density or something, and I know the muscle mass in my legs still hasn't gone away (21" vertical leap, thanks).

I'd like to try and push off those other eight pounds by the end of April, which is totally possible if I push myself. I'm trying to work out a rewards system in my head involving hot tub time (which is not by accident the place I stand to gain the most in terms of my appearance).

Comments

JRY13SP, March 20, 2007, 10:01 PM #

Congrats on your weight loss. I've been doing the South Beach thing since August and I'm down about 60 lbs, but I had recently leveled off at about 223 lbs. Amazingly, last week, I weighed myself on Saturday morning, and without even really trying, I weighed 216. I don't know what I did, but whatever it was, it worked.

I'd like to get down to about 200 (I weighed around 180 in high school as well), and I'm happy that I'm getting there. Good luck with your points, Jeff!

Catherine, March 21, 2007, 4:13 PM #

I'm sorry, you lost 185 POUNDS!!! EASY??!!! Ask me and Eric, that does not sound easy!! Congrats on that one! I am spending the week with my mother in PA and loving being in a house with NO junk food. Also, with everything in her fridge she can tell me how many points it is. I love it!

Gonch, March 21, 2007, 12:12 AM #

Yeah, I did a self-mandated WW-style (mixed with common sense) thing last summer. I dropped 25 pounds from late May through early October including a major stall during June/July when we moved and I ate at restaurants for 6 straight weeks until we found a place. (still 11 shy of where I want to be weight-wise)

Since then I've put 8 back on, so today I decided to start up again. I have 19 pounds to go and I'd like to be there by mid-June. Given the last results it seems reasonable.

But here's the thing for me - it's all vanity. I'm not worried about health or anything. Heck, I'm really not even worried about weight, I'm more concerned with size. (the two do not go hand in hand)

For example, I lost 4 1/2 inches on my waist when I did that 25 pound drop last summer. Since then I've only put 8 pounds back on, but I got back 3 inches of waist. I'm much more concerned with what the tape measure says than with what the scale says.

I'm guessing that has more to do with exercise habits than eating habits, but paying attention to the food thing certainly doesn't hurt.

At any rate, kudos to everyone for giving it a go. :)

Neuski, March 20, 2007, 10:27 PM #

I'm joining the club, the weight loss club, not WW or SB. After a weekend of my three favorite places back home I still was able to stick right where I was from the previous week. Here's to another week of exercise.

Joe, March 20, 2007, 10:30 PM #

Good on ya, sir. I need to make sure I stick to my health kick and shave off some pounds. Office work is killing me and any type of fitness.

Carrie, March 21, 2007, 1:24 AM #

Yeah, count me in on the weight loss club. I lost an easy 185-190 lbs when I got divorced, but then picked up about 40 around my waist in the aftermath. ;-)

Now I'd like to shed 50 by Christmas and am on my way...slow but steady.

Congrats, Jeff, and everyone else, too!

Carrie, March 22, 2007, 1:45 AM #

Please allow me to clarify. I meant that my husband was the 185-190 pounds I lost when I got divorced. I was going for cunning wit... apparently, I missed. ;-)

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