Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Week 16 - Officially 50!

Week 16 | May 1, 2012 | Weight 260.1 | Loss of 3.2 lbs | Total Loss: 50.5

Well I'm glad I was right about last week's weigh in, in that it was another sodium induced gain.  Afterward, I dropped the rest of the pounds I put on and continued in a downward direction.  As each day goes by, I get a little more accurate in my recipes and can say with confidence that my nutrients are being tracked correctly at this point for just about everything we eat.  It certainly makes fluctuations easier to explain and I'm at the point now where I can almost predict what's going to happen on the scale based on what I ate, drank and did the day before.

Though I hit my 50 pounds lost mark earlier in the week, today makes it totally official as Tuesday's are my weigh in day.  I still can't believe that I've actually lost 50 pounds - heck only 10 more and I'll be the weight I was at when I got married 13 years ago.  The only downside is I won't see the 50 pound club badge on lose it until next week when I weigh in again.  They don't give out the badge until you record the weight twice.

I'm feeling a lot better than I was last Christmas.  Not only health wise but feeling better about myself.  It's sort of weird thinking about it.  I'm looking in the mirror and am becoming happier with what I see and not disgusted anymore.  When I'm riding the train, and some woman looks at me I no longer say to myself.. "She's probably thinking, what a fat piggie".  Now I'm saying to myself... "She's probably thinking, hey, he's not bad."  LOL.  Though I'm probably way off base, it doesn't matter because it's MY mentality that's changed about myself and whether or not I'm getting checked out really makes no difference because the end result is simple - I feel better about myself.

On the updates front, I've changed my lose it goal from 2 pounds per week to 1.5 pounds per week.  This means I can eat a little more and I'm ensuring I'm not under-eating and making myself sick.  It's a fine line but when you start getting the brain fog going on, you know you're not getting enough food so we'll make sure that doesn't happen... again LOL.

Oddly enough I've discovered that even though I started by eating whatever I wanted and just counted my calories for the first half of my journey so far, I've started to gravitate toward eating healthier foods subconsciously.  I no longer eat frozen entrees for lunch and gone are the 100 calorie chips and ice cream replaced with apples and oranges.  I've discovered the joy of the skinless chicken breast and now cook about 12-15 of them each Sunday and split them for lunches between myself and my wife for the following week.  We've started including steamed broccoli in our dinners and tossed the boxed frozen broccoli and cheese.  It's amazing how this is happening and the fact that I actually like it.  One point in my life, if you showed me a piece of broccoli, I thought I'd spontaneously combust.

On the exercise front, I'm still doing my morning cardio on the rowing machine and now treadmill, followed by a brisk walk during work if there's time and I'm working on my C25K in the evenings 3 days a week.  The other days, I'm doing strength training - currently consisting of pull-ups, push-ups, crunches and lunges with weights.  I can feel myself getting stronger and I'm loving this lifestyle.

Go figure.


  1. Congrats on the big 50.

  2. Congratulations on hitting the 50 lb mark!! That's awesome!!:)

  3. Right on man! Way to go! :D Keep up the good work! It's hard, but oh so very rewarding!