Countdown to Vegas - Week 8

January 9, 2011 · 7 comments

  • Diet starting weight: 304
  • Week starting weight: 294
  • Today’s weight: 291
  • Week weight loss: 3 lbs
  • Total weight lost: 13 lbs

I’m back on my losing “weighs” in my Countdown to Vegas challenge. After starting with a 6-week streak of losing weight I had a two pound gain last week. I’m pleased to report that I have started a new weekly weight loss streak that hopefully I can continue for at least a few weeks. In order for me to achieve my goal of losing 40 pounds by the end of June I need to have lost about 1.25 pounds per week. With a 3 pound loss this week I am at 1.625 pounds lost per week over the first couple of months, so I am on a good pace.

Of course the start is always the easiest, so I know not to be complacent. While I don’t know that I can pull another 6 weeks straight I do know that I would like to see at least another couple of weeks of losing. I don’t want to get stuck in a rut of losing one week and gaining the next.

Things I did well this week:

  • Repeated my mantra “Vegas, baby, Vegas” numerous times every day, which helped keep me focused on making better decisions
  • Drank a lot of water every day
  • Very few eating slip-ups
  • Did 3 workouts on my new elliptical, the last one burned 502 calories

Things I did not so well this week:

  • Did not do as much exercise as I had planned
  • We have a cooler on our deck filled with Christmas cookies. I had been doing a good job staying away until this week
  • Ate too many protein bars when some vegetables would have been better

I have no excuses for not doing well this week - I’m not doing any traveling and the holidays have past us. I should be able to easily eat well every day and get focused on improving my workouts on my elliptical.

Looking forward to another great week!

Seven losses in eight weeks - a promising start to my goal of losing 40 pounds by June 30th, 2011.

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John January 9, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Good job, happy you are back on track. If the scale stays the same I should be joining you tomorrow.

AndrewENZ January 9, 2011 at 6:12 pm

I’m glad to hear things are going so well!

“Vegas, baby, Vegas!”

John January 10, 2011 at 11:57 am

Well scale was a little higher than the weekend, only a 2.8 pound loss. Down 9.2 pounds against your 13 over the same period. Looks like I have some catching up to do!

John's Weight Loss Blog January 11, 2011 at 6:07 am

A loss is a loss John, great job! I’m working from a bigger base, but if you want to compete pound for pound I’m up for it!

John January 11, 2011 at 10:05 am

More of a benchmark than a competition. If I can keep up with you I should meet my goal of 215 by March 8th.

Lew ( January 11, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Thank you for you motivation. I am doing great but love hearing from others who are working hard as well. Have a great day

Michelle January 13, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Hi John,

I love your blog. It looks like you have put a lot of effort in it! I have also started my own weight loss blog. Hopefully we can inspire each other!

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