Weigh Day (week thirty)

Thirty weeks.  Seven months (only 5 days shy).  What a journey this has been so far.  I have come so far already…and, yet, I feel like I have so much further to go.  Although, as fast as these 30 weeks have gone, I have no doubt the next 30 will fly by in seemingly no time at all.  I am very excited to see what milestones and accomplishments I will have to speak of by that point.

I would like to say I am bubbling over with happiness and excitement today, but I am not.  Actually, I am feeling a blue this evening.  I had a great workout with Denise today, and I did some new things with her (which challenged me in new ways).  I did my first “real” pushup today (not the girlie ones on my knees)…it was *not* pretty, but I did it…and then many more after it.  I did burpees, actually, which require pushups as part of the move.  I also jumped rope…okay, more like skipped rope, but I did it.  Again, it was not pretty, and I still need *so* much more practice to be “successful.”

Despite that, my weigh in this morning has me a little bent out of shape.  The scale was all over the place this morning.  Okay, so something strange…I weigh myself (a minimum of) three times every time I do it.  Why?  Well, because depending on where you stand on the scale, you get different readings…or at least I usually do.  So, what I do is step on the scale and then again, and then again.  If the number matches all three times, that is my weight.  If the number does not match, I weigh myself until I get three identical readings.  Usually, the numbers are so close (like within 0.4 pounds)…not this morning.  I had weights from as little 235.X all the way up to 239.0.  I was so frustrated and wanted desperately to curse the stupid thing out.  Instead, I took a deep breath and keep stepping on.  Eventually, I got my three identical readings…

238.2

That is *one* pound down from last week.  O-N-E.  That is two weeks in a row that I have only dropped *one* pound.  I am beginning to feel frustrated with that.  I know I probably should not get that caught up in the numbers, but I do.  The numbers, after all, is what is primarily driving me these days because I still have that ridiculous *disconnect* clouding my perception of progress when I look at myself.  If I could *see* the changes as clearly as everyone else, maybe I would not be so hung up on the numbers.  Maybe.  It is still a loss, though, so I guess I cannot dwell on it too terribly long.  Sigh.

Denise measured me today at the gym.  Here is how it went:

Neck = 14″ / 14″
Shoulders = 54″ / 45.2″
Arms = 19″ (L) and 19″ (R) / 16.5″ (L) and 16.5″ (R)
Bust = 54.5″ / 48.2″
Waist = 48″ (N) and 52″ (B) /  35.5″ (N) and 40″ (B)
Hips = 58.75″ / 51″
Thighs = 37″ (L) and 37.5″ (R) / 27.7″ (L) and 28″ (R)
Calves = 20.5 (L) and 21″ (R) / 17.2″ (L) and 18.2″ (R)
original measurement / current measurement

That is a total of 77.25 inches and 76.8 pounds lost in 30 weeks.  That is not too shabby, right?  So, what is up with me not feeling happy about that?!  Maybe I am in some sort of emotional funk today…who knows.

Here is another thing…
My BMI when I began (at 315 lbs.) was 49.33.
Today my BMI was 37.3.

I am thinking that I need to switch up something on the food front.  I have no idea what I am going to do exactly because I do not have a “quick fix” in that arena.  (Meaning, I do not drink soda – even diet. I do not eat sweets – ever. I do not drink alcohol. I do not eat chips or anything “snacky” like that.)  So, I apparently have some research ahead of me to try and figure out how I can shake things up in my diet to see if I can get the scale moving again.  Any thoughts or ideas on that?

GOAL TRACKER:
20 days
13.2 pounds
(I think it’s safe to call this one unattainable at this point.)

-Erica

12 responses to “Weigh Day (week thirty)

  1. Keep striving; you can do it:))

  2. Wow! You’re doing incredibly well! It must take a lot of determination to stick with, what sounds like, a really intense exercise programme for so long, well done, and keep it up 🙂

    • Thanks, Laura!
      Honestly, I have so many good things in my life it would be *much* harder to quit than to keep going! 🙂 My chicklets are a constant reminder of *why* I want to be fit and healthy. My trainer, Denise, is amazing and always keeps my workouts interesting and fun (except for those few moments where I think she may have lost her mind…football drills come to mind – LOL). Even my entire gym staff…they all are one big support group/family to me. When I walk in and get high-fives from pretty much everyone and they’re all happy to see me…it’s a really great feeling. Almost like I’m Norm from Cheers…everybody knows my name. 😉

      -Erica

  3. Sometimes I can get things moving again by varying my intake over the course of a week. Like eating less calories one day and more the next. I think our bodies adapt to our typical intake and our metabolisms get lazy:(

    • Karen,
      When you do the caloric variation, what kind of range are you talking? Also…do you typically eat your exercise calories? I usually do not eat “extra” calories even when I burn off hundreds at the gym. My girlfriend thinks that plays a *huge* role in my stall…

      -Erica

  4. You are doing well – you are an inspiration.

    • Thanks, Colline! I am certainly happy with my progress so far…although I still find myself worried about a plateau. I know I am not finished yet, so I want the numbers to keep dropping for me…consistently. My plan is to just keep pushing forward and hoping for the best at the end of the week. (The best being about 2 pounds lost, of course – LOL)

      -Erica

  5. You’re probably just on a plateau at the moment. I’m not sure that anyone really knows why they happen. You just have to keep on working at it, then you’ll suddenly lose heaps all in one go.

    You are doing really well – keep at it!

    • Thanks for the vote of confidence! I’ll be honest, the idea of a plateau scares the beejeebies out of me…only because my endeavors previous to now never seem to “break through” those plateaus. Of course, this time my journey is radically different, so hopefully this plateau will last only a short period. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!
      -Erica

  6. Erica! Stay motivated! Plateaus are very common. Check out this link on how to overcome a plateau. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/weight-loss-plateau/MY01152

    I think you’re doing great! Keep adding variety to your workouts when you’re not with me! Kickboxing is an excellent start. We may also need to replace one or two of your strength training days with more HIIT Training! Let’s discuss!

    • I *love* you, Denise! 😉 You know I’m never going to quit…I’m too determined to make it to the finish line! I forgot I won’t be able to make kickboxing tonight…I’ll text you with details. Next week for sure, though! I’ll see you at the gym tomorrow night.

      Oh, and Tom talked with me again last night about filming. He said it will be within the next couple of weeks, so I really need to think about getting some fitness clothes…and what I’m going to do with my hair! LOL

      -Erica

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