Weekly Update - 10/14/2007

October 14, 2007 · 8 comments

  • Diet starting weight: 295
  • Week starting weight: 278
  • Today’s weight: 273
  • Week weight lost: 5 lb
  • Total weight lost: 22 lbs

While 5 pounds lost is my biggest weekly weight loss yet I would be kidding myself if I said I wasn’t just a little disappointed.  Yesterday morning I weighed in at 272, I ate well all day and I put in an extra cardio session.  I starting thinking there was a chance I could break into the 260s today.  But the scale had other things in mind.  That’s OK though, if I put myself to the beginning of the week where I was shooting for a 2 pound loss I have to be really happy about this.  It was folly to think about 260s, I have to be patient.

I made one key change to my diet this week that seems to have worked.  I cut out bread.  Which is really tough for me.  I have a daily Bruegger’s bagel habit but this week no bagels.  I haven’t been eating sandwiches much lately but when I did I used hearts of romaine leaves as a replacement.  I’m going to try it again for next week.

Things I did well this week:

  • I was watching my daughter’s soccer practice when they decided to have an all practice scrimmage since it’s getting dark this time of year and they were missing a few kids, and the fall soccer season is almost over.  A couple of the coaches were playing in the game and I got off my butt and asked if they wanted another.  Both my son and I got in and I had a blast playing on the opposing team from both of them.  45 minutes of soccer, even against 9 and 10 year olds, will put a sweat on you.  At least it did me.  I was really sore the next day!
  • Made a decision to cut bread for the week and other than a popover at a special dinner I met my goal.
  • I increased my cardio time to 40 minutes and I did an extra workout on Saturday, which put me to over 10 miles for the week.
  • Numerous times throughout the week I was presented with the opportunity to eat cookies, desserts and other similar treats.  I was steadfast.
  • I paid special attention to drinking water throughout the week and did great every day except Saturday.  It’s really tough at work now as I find myself having to visit the restroom so much!

Things I did not so well this week:

  • I only did strength training three days.
  • As I wrote in I Need To Do Better I had a slip at the movie theatre.

It’s amazing how in one week I went from worrying that I might slip back into the 280s to being disappointed I didn’t get closer to the 260s.  I am confident that I am now strong enough to mostly ignore the scale, as long as I continue to feel good about my decisions, but I can certainly see how people become slaves to it.  It’s one key tool to how I see my progress, but it can’t be the only one.

Three days in Chicago this week, with big group dinners on Monday and Tuesday that will certainly put me to the test.  Plus I am staying at a new hotel for me which means another foreign fitness center to get acclimated to.  Even though I am ahead of pace for the month I am not going to slack off. 

The 260s are in sight.

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John October 14, 2007 at 6:56 am

Here’s to you seeing the 260s soon! May you get there soon. I am hoping to see 159 by Thanksgiving.

JanB October 14, 2007 at 7:47 am

I cut out bread a couple of months ago when I started realizing that I was using it more as a handle for food than anything else. Now I use a fork. How many calories does a fork have??

I love it when these things start making sense to me and they help me lose weight.

GroovyBabe October 14, 2007 at 10:44 am

This post emphasises to me the mind over matter that is needed for a challenge such as sustained weightloss, you’ve done fantastically well. Congrats.

Skinny Guy October 14, 2007 at 7:53 pm

Congratulations on the loss this week, John. Don’t worry about the 260s, you’ll be tearing through them soon enough.

Diana the Scale Junkie October 14, 2007 at 9:11 pm

It sounds like you are doing a great job changing your lifestyle. Congrats on the 5lb loss, never think of it as just five pounds. You are doing lots of exercise so you’ve probably added a few pounds of muscle and lost 5 pounds of fat!

Israel October 14, 2007 at 9:41 pm

awesome job john. those little things you did definitely helped ya this week. i drink tons of water and have to use the restroom more as well. i try to drink a majority of my water while i am at home.

Gloriana Beausoleil October 15, 2007 at 11:08 am

Oh, yes, bread certainly is a food-handle, especially in sandwiches.

I’ve used low-carb wraps (instead of lettuce leaves) for sandwiches, too. They’re great for when you need to be on the move.

Keep up the great work! Your story is inspiring.

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