Weekly Update - 12/30/2007

December 30, 2007 · 8 comments

  • Diet starting weight: 295
  • Week starting weight: 266
  • Today’s weight: 266
  • Week weight loss: 0 lb
  • Total weight lost: 29 lbs

It’s hard to know whether this is an official plateau or not.  I’ve lost all of one pound in the entire month of December (I guess I still have a couple of days before I weigh-in officially for January, so the number could go lower).  So one way to look at this month would be disappointment, but another way to look at it is that November and December have to be the hardest months for a dieter given Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas and I managed to lose 7 pounds over the last 2 months, only a little bit below my target pace of a pound a week.  I am not frustrated at this point because I know I could have made a lot better decisions this week.  It’s hard to be frustrated with the scale when you know you ate 5 pounds of Christmas goodies.

Things I did well this week:

  • I knew going into this week that I would stray from my diet and overeat so I planned for that by scheduling extra cardio and I was very successful with that, running for 5 of the 6 days (I always rest on Sunday) for a total of 12.7 miles and 3.25 hours.
  • I ate well during the week except for at the parties and except for the sweets grazing.  Which is a bit akin to saying the Miami Dolphins have played well this year except for every week other than the week they won, but you know what I mean.

Things I did not so well this week:

  • Of course I ate too much at the 3 main Christmas parties we attended and/or hosted.  I learned that when I cook I graze.
  • We had so many cookies, peppermint bark, toffee, peanut brittle and other assorted bars and treats left over and I went on a one man crusade to rid our pantry of it all.

After last week I had readjusted my goals for this week to simply maintain at 266 and despite a bad week on the diet I managed to do that.  So I feel good about that.  I’m not going to feel good about this next week if I stay on this plateau, however.  I’m looking to clock that 265 that finally gets me officially to a 30 pound loss.

It’s coming up on a New Year, and I am excited for what it could mean for me.

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Steve December 31, 2007 at 12:50 am

Hey John,

Coming out of the Christmas season without gaining is a real accomplishment.

Look forward to January, this is the best time to find motivation for losing weight. Everyone is either starting their new plans or reaffirming their old ones, so there will be tons of info available. Plus there is still 5 months left until the summer hits. That is plenty of time left to turn up the heat on your workouts so that you can show off the results at the beach or office :)

If I could get away with going shirtless at the office this summer I would do it in a heartbeat.

keep at it.

Fat Man December 31, 2007 at 9:29 am

John, you may be plateauing on your current routine, but I personally think its to relaxed. I think you are ready to kick it up a notch, both in workout intensity and dieting.

Once you commit to doing that, the fat will begin to melt off.

Eden December 31, 2007 at 10:57 am

This is a really tough time of year! I’ve only been working at my weight loss for a few months now, but I saw my progress really slow down in Nov - Dec. I’m happy I came out ahead, even though only by a little. I’d say you are doing great!

Skinny Guy December 31, 2007 at 2:01 pm

I don’t think that maintaining over the holidays can really be considered a plateau. If you were following your regular routine and now losing, I would be more concerned about it.

In any event, I’ve been behind in my blog visiting over the last week and just wanted to stop by and wish you a happy new year!

TB-Milwaukee December 31, 2007 at 7:34 pm

Too many holiday temptations, don’t know how anyone loses!

Happy New Year!

John December 31, 2007 at 9:05 pm

“Coming out of the Christmas season without gaining is a real accomplishment.”

I agree with Steve. How about using January as a time to throw a big change-up into your fitness routine? Ever consider getting your wife/friend to sit behind the wheel of your car, putting the car an neutral, and you pushing it 30-50 yards? It is a great full body workout- if use no more than one every two weeks or so.

john - from fat to fit January 1, 2008 at 11:53 am

Steve - I sometimes wear PJs at work, does that count? :-)

Fat Man - I think you may be right. I’m going to try to lower my caloric intake for awhile and see how it goes.

Eden - Glad to hear I am not the only one struggling last month - thanks for stopping by!

Skinny Guy - Thanks for that, I appreciate you taking the time to stop by. Happy New Year!

TB - Happy New Year!

John - That’s sounds like a California thing to do - in a Minnesota winter I don’t think would work well. Creative idea though!

Sara Lynn January 1, 2008 at 2:55 pm

After reading about your ‘holiday party eats and treats’ I think you should give yourself a pat on the back for maintaining your weight through a season that can be fraught with over-eating and weight-GAIN. You did great and I am sure that you ate a lot less of the ‘party stuff’ this year than you did in previous years. It seems to me that you are enjoying your life and friends (and food) without depriving yourself of special treats during the holiday season. You have obviously found a good balance to eating well, exercising and living life. 2008 will just allow you more time to be innovative as you develop more new and healthy alternatives for exercise and good, healthy eating!

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