Weekly Update - 1/27/2008

January 27, 2008 · 21 comments

  • Diet starting weight: 295
  • Week starting weight: 263
  • Today’s weight: 263
  • Week weight loss: 0 lbs
  • Total weight lost: 32 lbs

My slow and steady mantra is only interesting if I actually lose weight.  It’s really a bummer to not see a loss on the scale this week.  Frankly, it’s getting old.  Maybe I’m not past this plateau like I thought I was.  The good news is I have been bouyed by two more people (one indirectly) telling me it looks like I have lost “a lot” of weight.  So that’s good.  Now I just have to show that I have what it takes to lose more.

Things I did well this week:

  • Ran 2 miles straight again, and twice ran a mile straight.
  • I did well for breakfast, lunch and daytime snacks all week.  Dinner continues to be a problem though.

Things I did not so well this week:

  • I didn’t lift weights, and although that was planned I’m still writing it down because I want to make sure I don’t fall out of the habit.
  • Although I did more cardio than I had been doing, it wasn’t as much as I would like.
  • No binges until last night, the night before a weigh-in.  Argh!

I had no excuses this week and should have been in position to have a great week.  All I can do is shrug it off and try again this week.

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Andrew January 27, 2008 at 11:55 am

One day at a time. It will happen.

Cammy January 27, 2008 at 1:12 pm

Oh, you definitely have what it takes! You still had a good week, regardless of what the fickle scale says. I’m a teensy bit green over how well you’re doing on the running. :)

Mary January 27, 2008 at 2:24 pm

Scales. Bah. Forget ‘em. You did a good job this week. I can’t wait to say I have been running that much.

IAAdmin January 27, 2008 at 8:15 pm

You’re doing good, so the weight will come off. You might be interested in reading a blog post I did this week entited, “The “Weight Loss” Plateau Syndrome.” It might give you some additional ideas or just reenforce the ones you’re currently using……………..:)

Skinny Guy January 27, 2008 at 8:45 pm

The scale is just one means of feedback. You’ve been getting other feedback from people who are finally starting to take note of your weight loss. More feedback from the distances that you’ve been running. Are you feeling any better physically? More feedback! How are your clothes fitting? Notice a pattern here?

The number on the scale is important feedback, but it’s not the only measure of success. Keep up the good work!

Vilma January 27, 2008 at 9:03 pm

Hey Buddy. I feel ya, I didn’t lose any scale weight this week (actually gained 2 lbs) and was a bit discouraged — but I looked at other positives such as losing inches and my clothes are fitting better.

Take a look at other feedback… and keep on going!

Sally Parrott Ashbrook January 27, 2008 at 10:18 pm

What’s going on with your dinners? Eating too late? Feeling ravenous? Stuffing yourself?

Steve v4.6 January 27, 2008 at 11:16 pm

The scale certainly isn’t the be all and end all measurement of success. Considering the running you’re doing and managing the week without a gain, I’d say it was a pretty good week. Hit the weights this week and see if it makes a difference.

Jessica January 28, 2008 at 1:45 am

You sound a little stressful. Remember to breath and relax. Give your body sometime to adjust. You’ve come a long way!

Frugal Dad January 28, 2008 at 10:07 am

I’ve been there too and it is frustrating as you know what! Hang in there - keep doing what you’re doing and the weight will come off.

Diana the Scale Junkie January 28, 2008 at 11:48 am

Staying the same is better than a gain any day. Look at it this way, you now know how to maintain!

It takes time for your body to adjust. We know that but it still stinks when the scale doesn’t move. Just keep hanging in there and do the right things you know you need to do!

Paul Hoff January 28, 2008 at 3:46 pm

Hiya John,

I found your site through Entrecard, (have joined up on your recommend) and i’m glad i did! I have only just started blogging about my battle to get fit and lose my fat, and your site is a great inspiration.

Do not worry about missing this or not doing that, it happens to the best of us, Friday night instead of training, i cleverly decided to drink damn near a litre of whisky, smart huh?

Needless to say i wiped off Saturday with ‘hair of the dog’ in the form of a few pints of cider, the last of the whisky, and a bottle of red wine, so i really don’t feel too great about myself. This IS however a temporary setback, and i’ll be back on it tomorrow. As everyone has said before me, don’t let the scales bother you, it’ll come. I’m going to be a regular reader of this site from now on, keep going mate, we’ll both get there!

Kind regards, Paul

Lin January 28, 2008 at 7:31 pm

Hey John,

You’re doing great, just stay with your program and the weight will come off. The scale shouldn’t be the only measurement of success, since muscle weighs more than fat, you’re still losing inches and toning your muscles. Hang in there man! :)

ShadowKnight January 28, 2008 at 9:02 pm

Hang in there, the loss will come again. I am on a similar journey and believe I have gained more muscle mass in the last week without shedding the kilograms.

That is because my routine has been smashed by a house move where at least I have been doing a fair bit of heavy lifting. My cardio though has suffered.

I will be getting back into the walking regime though from tonight as I am currently occupying the old digs for the existing internet connection. As a result I have very limited entertainment options (ie. no television) so I expect that I shall be walking quite a bit for the coming days.

The effects from the reestablished regime should show from my next scheduled weigh in on Friday.

I too struggle with various meals. Dinner is a major issue for me as traditionally it was the only full meal I had. As for food that I am struggling to avoid it is burgers. The smell of burgers (even the plastic McDonalds burgers) when others in my household consume them make me want to go to the burger bar, an urge that I was able to resist until the weekend when there was nothing else open and nothing at home to cook. I enjoyed it, but at the same time feel quite guilty for its consumption.

Finally, well done on your accomplishment to date and hang in there. You have clearly made some life altering positive decisions that will set you in good stead for future weight loss.

TB-Milwaukee January 28, 2008 at 11:01 pm

You’re body’s adjusting. No gain, no loss, but I’m sure you’re feeling something.

AVCr8teur January 29, 2008 at 12:12 am

Weight loss is so hard, but you’re doing a great job. I’m interested to hear more about your progress.

John January 29, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Are you doing steady pace runs? Or are you running intervals? In my experience intervals are far better at producing weight loss result (and in less time overall). I just put a post together on this today- well it is somewhat related.

The best way to break plateaus is either ratcheting up the intensity, adding in new forms of exercise (car pushing perhaps?), and evaluating what you are already doing to check and see if (surprise, surprise) are you eating too little or too much, under-training or over-training.

Daissy January 29, 2008 at 10:37 pm

Hi John,
Nice to read about your weekly update progress. To set and evaluate weekly targets is good…But remember, do not punish yourself if you don’t achieve them. Have a happy diet :)

Coop January 31, 2008 at 5:44 pm

Hey John,
You may want to use a tape measure to see if your waist and other areas are changing.

Hit the weights bro!

Plan your eve meals, or get a decent meal replacement.

Be fierce and push on,

nina February 2, 2008 at 2:17 am

Now, I was inspired to lose weight again. I started last year and lost about 15 pounds but I gained it again! I want to get back to my size before.

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