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Weekly Weigh-In

It’s Weekly Weigh-In time — accountability be it good, bad, or ugly.  I’m not Catholic, so I have never been to confession, but I’m guessing it might feel a bit like this.  😉  It was not a good weigh-in this week and I was so disappointed with myself — not “give up and quit disappointed,” but more a realization that every decision counts and a disgust that I knew that and created my own destiny this week.

I was doing pretty good at the first of the week.  I missed my workout Wednesday morning, but I made up for it with an hour walk Wednesday afternoon, which I usually don’t do.  When I weighed on Thursday — my mid-week check — I was about the same as I was at my official weigh-in on Monday.  So, I was feeling okay with that.

Then, Friday, I met my mom and my sister for breakfast.  I thought I made a decent choice with one scrambled egg (no cheese), two strips of bacon, and one biscuit.  Then, I chose to go back to bed when I came home instead of working out.  I knew better, but I had slept so poorly the night before and I convinced myself that I would workout later that evening…and didn’t.

I did okay, food- and activity-wise, on Saturday, but Sunday, I was very sedentary and I gave in to some temptations Sunday evening.  I didn’t think it was enough to create a gain because I did choose to indulge in what I thought was moderation.  However, ultimately, I gained 2.4 pounds!  Ugh!  I was so not expecting that.  I sincerely thought I’d either stay the same or lose a little bit.  That was even with adding in some running to my walking time on the treadmill.


Oh, well.  I am not going to let it get me down.  My plan for this week is to really buckle down and pay very close attention to both my calorie intake and output and see how I do next week.  I really think it’s a matter of making sure that I hit my calorie deficit each day.  If buckling down doesn’t get me the results that I’m hoping for next week, I’m going to have to re-read some articles on getting past a plateau and see what I can do.

As much as I hated to come here and confess such a disappointing result this week, I hope that it will be meaningful to someone to see that we all struggle.  Even though I’ve had very exciting successes, this last 30 pounds is kicking my butt.  I think the last 30 is proving to be much harder to get off than the first 65.  I’ll do it, though.  I’m not giving up!

What about you?  How did the scales treat you this week?

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  1. I'm so excited to read this post – not because you had a bad week, but because it is a reminder to me that I need to slowly get my butt in gear. Baby Caleb is 2 and a half weeks old, so I know I've got to go slow on exercise for a few weeks yet, but I could get a handle on my eating right now. Please start posting regularly here again so I can get all excited and inspired about weight loss (pretty please?). I think I am also going to try going back through your past posts here from the beginning . . . but first, I'm off to make breakfast for my munchkins.

  2. Thanks, Tristan. I'm glad the post helped in some way. Wow! Two weeks already. I hope y'all are settling in okay.

    I'm trying to get back to posting more regularly — at least two or three times a week. It's hard maintaining two blogs and a commitment to spending less time online and more time with family, but I do love sharing the journey and trying to inspire people as much as possible because I know what a huge, positive change my weight-loss has been in my life.

  3. Yes, I understand that completely. Maybe one thing you could do is repost the 16 week challenge posts for a new round instead of writing entirely new content, just re-run it? I'm rereading your past posts from teh beginning while holding one of the sick kiddos, it's got me full of ideas and I may start posting about it on my blog because heaven knows I could use some accountability right now! (typed as I eat the last no-bake cookie in the house)…

  4. I'm glad you mentioned that, Tristan. I've been toying with the idea, but wasn't sure. It's nice to hear that at least one person would find it useful — I was thinking I might find it useful for myself.

  5. Don't be too down about it- it probably is more of a balancing of the 4 lb loss you had last week.
    I average 1 to 1.5 lbs loss per week. Every now & then, I get excited because I have a substantial loss on a particular week- like one time I lost a little over 3 lbs, and I was ecstatic. I was NOT so ecstatic when, the next week, I had "gained" 1 lb. But as the next weeks went by, it turned out it was not a gain, but just a balance of the big "loss" I clocked that earlier week- it all still averaged out to 1.5 lbs per week. I had not truly gained when it looked like I had, just like I had not truly lost that big amount when it looked like I had. The same thing happened to me last week. I initially was overjoyed b/c I appeared to have lost 2.5 lbs over Thanksgiving week. But this week's weigh-in showed a 1.2 lb "gain", when I know I shouldn't have gained. I expect it to all balance out in the weeks ahead.
    I hope that makes sense…fluctuations happen both ways, and they always have to correct themselves. If you're doing the right things, your AVERAGE loss will remain steady, you just have to hang in with your work and wait for the big picture to unfold.
    So you are still losing, you just have to weigh this week's "gain" against last week's huge "loss". You're probably still doing great.

  6. You're probably exactly right, Cam. I wasn't really expecting that 4 lb. loss last week, so this is probably just evening that out. It sure did look nice on the scale, though. 😉

    And, like I always say, if you see a low number on the scale at one point, it means you're getting there, just keep working.

  7. Kris, I want to thank you for your blog. I am 32, Christian wife and now mommy to 2 month old Jubilee. =) I was already overweight when I got married and pregnant. In fact, my husband fell in love with and proposed to me at my heaviest – 185. I was 188 when I got pregnant. Thankfully I only gained 28lbs, but I also got Gestational Diabetes in my last trimester. My husband alraedy has Tpe 2 Diabetes and he's also 190lbs – same as I am now. I guess I say all this because I want this yr to be different. I'm 10 wks postpartum so I think I'm good to start dieting and exercising. I hope to keep getting encouraged from your blog as I take on this challenge, esp as a working mom. I never put my health first. It's always work (I'm a teacher) and ministry (I'm a pastor) and school (I'm in seminary). Now I'm a wife, a mom, and I'm at risk for so many diseases. I guess I can see that joining the Biggest Loser Club has really helped you. Do you think it's for everyone? How can I get motivated? How can I motivate my husband to do this with me? Thanks Kris. God bless you. I know these last 30lbs will roll off in this new yr! –Jasmine in NYC.

  8. Hi, Jasmine. Wow! You're one busy woman! I always remember, when I sold Tupperware (back in the day), we always said, "Busy women get things done." I think that includes weight-loss, too. I think we can do anything that we set our minds to.

    I'm actually not a member of The Biggest Loser Club. I'm just a fan of the show. I don't think any one program is for everybody. I think different people have different needs and you just have to find what works for you, be that Weight Watchers, Spark People, Jenny Craig, The Biggest Loser Club (the show is an inspiration for me; I've never tried the club), or a tool like the bodybugg, which has been a huge part of my success.

    I think the biggest thing is just getting starting and making positive changes. As Jillian (TBL) says, "Start where you are."

    It sounds like you and your husband might be a great support for each other, if you start on this journey together — and what a great gift to your precious new baby, to get healthy before she has a chance to learn bad habits. My kids are having to unlearn years' worth of bad habits that they learned from me.

    Stick around. I think I may re-run the 16 week challenge that I ran last year, starting in January…but don't wait to get started. There's no time like the present to start making healthy changes!

  9. LOL – as you can imagine, you made me burst out laughing when I started reading your post. Yes – going to Confession is hard (and I always want to vomit). But, it feels really good afterward.

    I really probably need to do some blogging about losing weight. I totally do not have any accountability.

  10. I know that you didn't want to post this, but it is good for us to read because it is reality!

    Thanks for your honesty and encouragement.

  11. I posted a really down update a couple of weeks ago. No one really responded..go figure. I am actually more surprised that so many people READ my detailed post about my weight loss (labeled The Boring Details) without commenting. I mean EVERYDAY loads of people read. I am still finding maintaining to be less difficult if I don't listen to the scale. I eat small portions when I am hungry, and I workout (really tough workouts) 6 days a week. You'll get there too, you may need a boost of a different workout (worked for me)!

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