Weekly Update - 9/21/2008

September 21, 2008 · 12 comments

  • Diet starting weight: 295
  • Week starting weight: 280
  • Today’s weight: 277
  • Week weight loss: 3 lbs
  • Total weight lost: 18 lbs

It’s hard to get excited about losing 3 pounds when I have gained about 15 pounds from my low for the year. But what I am happy about is the fact I’m still here plugging away, trying to get back to posting my weekly results be they good or bad. I started the week off well with a little strength training on Monday, which included getting back on the Hundred Pushups Challenge. But that was it for the week as my busy schedule just caught up with me. I know, excuses, excuses. As an example, yesterday we had a Soccer Jamboree where we had 6 games across the two teams that I coach - we were outside playing or watching soccer from about 9:15 - 5:00. A long day under the sun which just wiped me out (not having sunscreen on didn’t help). Sure, that’s not even a full working day but of course there were other things as well. I know, I’m just making excuses.

Things I did well this week:

  • I’m still trying, that’s about all I can say this week

Things I did not so well this week:

  • Too many binges
  • Mentally, I am not on a diet. I have to get that fixed ASAP.
  • Did not utilize meal replacement shakes
  • No cardio, minimal strength training
  • I’m not drinking enough water
  • Mentally, I am not on a diet. I have to get that fixed ASAP.

Losing weight is hard. So much of it is mental. This is where I know I need a lot of help. I’m going to try to keep focused on writing here, focused on recording my stats. I’ve “met” a number of dedicated success stories through their blogs and I am hoping to get to know them better in the hopes that some of that success can rub off on me. Winter will be here before I know it and it is critical I get into a fitness state of mind before that, because it would be too easy to spend the winter moping about not being successful.

Instead, I want to spend the winter getting prepared to surprise people in the spring.

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Eden September 21, 2008 at 10:16 am

You’re right, losing weight *is* hard. I’m really struggling with the mental side of it myself.

Lately, I’ve decided to stay off the scale for a while. I had been exercising regularly but still seeing no progress on the scale and that was bringing me down. I don’t know what I weigh right now, but I know that I feel better and I feel lighter…hopefully it will prove to be true when I weigh in again next week. Best of luck to you as always.

MizFit September 21, 2008 at 6:58 pm

and, IMO, the thing you did well is the most important thing of all.


Andrew is getting fit September 21, 2008 at 8:03 pm

It’s very hard, especially when the progress stalls somewhat.

I think checking in here a bit more regularly might help?

lj September 21, 2008 at 9:46 pm

stick with it you have done really good so far… I will tell you when I first began my weight loss( and I still have a long way to go) I started off first by eliminating one thing that was bad from my diet… my first elimination was white bread replaced with 100%whole wheat bread… then I eliminated sodas and started drinking water and for flavor added those low calorie mix drinks like crystal light or the store name brand… and then for lunch I would have a boiled egg, low fat yogurt and fruit instead of a hamburger and french fries and I also started using skim milk instead of whole milk. Each week at the begining of my diet I would eliminate one thing from my diet and eventually I got used to eating better … just making better choices. I think that will help you mentally! And you need to be VERY PROUD of those 3 POUNDS LOST!!!!

Alexia September 21, 2008 at 10:51 pm

It’s hard. Been thinking of your last post. Glad to see your post — persistence counts!

Usman September 22, 2008 at 5:06 am

Keep it nice and fresh…always!! The key is to never give up.

Build Muscle Guy September 22, 2008 at 7:56 am

You need to be proud of what you lost. Also, there is a mental phenomenon that when you are accountable to someone or something, you make more efforts and there is improvement. I think it would be a good idea to sit down on Sunday night and plan all your workout programs for the week. By this I mean you need to set aside a specific time every day to do your weight training and cardio. You can do it!

Will @ 4XLT September 22, 2008 at 2:09 pm

Well, sounds like you know mentally what you have to do - the trick is getting it done.

But still, three pounds with an admittedly mediocre effort? That’s not too bad!

Metroknow September 22, 2008 at 10:22 pm

Hey Brutha - 3 Lbs is 3 Lbs! Nice work!

Eugene September 25, 2008 at 10:01 pm

You are right John. Losing weight is hard but I felt that keeping it off is even harder. Think we got to keep on encouraging people around us that we can do it to achieve our optimum weight.

Kathyj333 September 29, 2008 at 9:06 am

Losing weight sucks. I wish there were some kind magic to it. I’ve been stuck in about the same place for close to nine months now. It I were pregnant, I’d be giving birth soon. Anyway, I’m trying hard not to give up. Don’t you give up either.

Susan October 3, 2008 at 5:59 am

Thats a great technique. I love to see the progress on my work chart and thats my inspiration to get better results. I always mean in systematic life style with STERN decisions, thats the success of good results. Keep it up!

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