Well, no Wonder My Jeans Don’t Fit Right: the beginning of a weight-loss blog

Okay, so, my original goal (when I thought the scale was going to say 166 or so when I stepped on it) was to get to 140 by my father’s birthday, July 15.

My current goal is to get to 150 by July 15 and to 140 by October 1st. (Data point: I’m a broad-shouldered five foot eight woman.)

So, I’d been noticing for the last week that my jeans were uncomfortably tight, and finally stepped on the scale – 176.6 lbs. Um. That’s a bit higher than I’d been expecting. That’s a bit higher than it was last year at this time. 🙁

I’m not going to panic, however. I am NOT going to panic.

What I am going to do is try to go at this like I did when I had over 50 lbs to lose.

I’m going to track everything. Everything. I know I’ve been mindlessly snacking on pretzels at work, and I’m going to count them now.

Exercise: I joined the gym again last week. 2x a week in the gym, 3x if I can wrangle the time, and something physical at total of at least 6x a week.

I am not going to panic.

I’m still pondering /what/ weight-loss/food tracking system to use. Using Weight Watchers worked for me; using Weight Watchers new-system with someone else figuring the points didn’t work nearly as well. So do I go back to old system? Do I buy a membership? Do I try something free?

Food tracking is only half of it; I’ve discovered that I need concrete numbers and limits. And, of course, I need to remember to stay active.

Here we go. 26(ish) weeks, 26(.6) lbs. Let’s go.

Note: Please do not suggest or tell me 1) I don’t want to get down to xx weight, 2) xx is not a healthy weight, 3) anything else suggesting I don’t know what weight I might want to get to/look good having reached.

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0 thoughts on “Well, no Wonder My Jeans Don’t Fit Right: the beginning of a weight-loss blog

  1. Well I’m not going to tell you to be satisfied with your weight. You’re not, and that’s that. I will tell you tracking clsely is a good idea, along with the exercise. I might also suggest that you limit your weigh-in’s to once a week, so as not to overstress about your progress. My wife got very frustrated seeing her weight fluctuate up and down throughout the week, and when our scale finally broke and she limited herself to her weekly weigh-in at WW, she actually started going down faster. Good luck!

    • Thank you! (i have had people tell me all of those things; it really stresses me out) I am thinking of going to monday-morning weigh-ins; the problem is, if I miss a day, it’s easy to get out of the habit of weighing at all (And then I’m up to 176, wtf?). Thanks!

    • Supportive comments. Meal suggestions – a la your delicious vegetable suggestions on Twitter – are/were awesome. Hrrm, other than that, not sure at the moment. In general, sites-that-track-food-and-goals are useful, traicks for healthier eating or getting oneself to exercise more.

  2. I’ve used SparkPeople which is endlessly perky but seems to have a good set of nutritional data (and free). You also earn points and level up which appeals to the gamer in me. Lose it used to be pretty good but it went to a pay system and I haven’t used it since. Both also have phone apps which makes tracking on the go much easier.

    • Ooh, I haven’t really tried Sparkpeople out. A co-worker is using Lose It (It appears to be freemium right now) so I’m giving that a week try, too. No cell phone!

  3. Something as simple as having a pedometer has worked for me. Allows me to track how much I’m moving – those walks to get hot water for tea and at lunchtime add up. I also second SparkPeople. I’ve used them on and off when I’ve had to track things for possible food intolerances, although it certainly has other benefits too.

  4. <cheers> <waves pom-poms> Writing down what I eat (I have not been tracking how much) has helped plan “eat more vegetables” along, though it’s still not as reliable as I’d like.

  5. I am now at the most sedentary job I have ever had – you sit or 8 hours and get to move only at breaks and lunch. It sucks. I think it is awesome that you have a plan and will follow through on it.

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