I weighed in today at my Weight Watchers meeting at 165.8, for a loss of 1 pound. That, however, did cover 2 weeks since I didn’t weigh in last Friday.
I was happy to have a pound loss, of course, but I want to average closer to .8 a week in order to get to my goal weight of 146 pounds by the end of the year. I’m still on course to do that, but as I lose weight I know it will get more difficult.
The first weigh in I did right before starting this blog was on December 27, which is exactly 6 months ago.
At that time I weighed 186.8 pounds so in the last 6 months I’ve lost a total of 21 pounds which works out to about .8 pounds a week. I’m happy overall with the progress made.
I am getting a little nervous about the next 4 pounds. Way back in October, 2011, I weighed in at 165.8 pounds, the exact same as today. The week after that I had a good loss down to 164.6 pounds. That was the last October weigh in. I then signed up for a challenge at 3fc where my goal was to get below 160 by the end of the year. Basically, all I had to do was lose 4.7 pounds in 2 months. I was highly motivated to do it and I remember that I ate very well. And, I hit a huge plateau. In seven weeks, I lost a total of .4 pounds. It was one of the worst plateaus I’ve ever had. Finally, I started losing a little bit the last 2 weeks of the year and on my last weigh in of the 2011 I weighed in at 162.8 pounds. The following week was the first weigh in of 2012 and I weighed in at 162 pounds.
As I get closer to 162 pounds again, I am nervous about having another plateau. At the time, I was exercising, but I think I was sick for part of the plateau. Also, we were just about to start looking for a new house and I was preoccupied with that so my exercise wasn’t as intense. One reason I had wanted to do well before the end of 2011 was that I knew early 2012 was going to be difficult because we were going to be finding a new house and then moving. And, I was right. My next weigh in after the one at 162 pounds was at 173 pounds at the end of February. And, from there I just keep going up and up until I got into the mid-190s last summer.
As I get closer to the 162 pounds again, I have such mixed feelings. I so much want to get back there and to get below it. To know that I am doing better than I was doing back then. At the same, there is always the reminder to me that I got to 162 pounds and then I failed and regained. And, there is some amount of fear that I will fail again. Rationally, I know that it is a different situation now. I’m not buying any more houses and I have no real reason to think that I can’t continue doing well.
This week went reasonably well. I did fine from a food standpoint. I made my 2 lowest days on calories Tuesday and Wednesday and then ate a couple of hundred calories more on Tuesday to see if that would work better. I’ve had a tendency to gain about half a pound every Friday morning (according to my home scale) and I think it has something to do with my eating low calories Wednesday and Thursday. I think this did work better. My home weight stayed the same from Thursday to Friday which is an improvement.
On the exercise front, I basically didn’t do anything much after going to physical therapy on Friday. I woke up with a sore throat on Wednesday and ended up not doing much on Wednesday or Thursday. So, my calorie burn wasn’t as great as I would like. I am hoping to do better this upcoming week.