Friday, November 6, 2009

I'm on a weight loss regimen...

I hate to make this public announcement but I'm going to because I believe in being honest with oneself. The announcement: I have gained even more weight.

Now - starting every Friday, I'm going to duplicate here, a post I make on MFD. Any words of wisdom and encouragement you might offer in my journey will be greatly appreciated. I've definitely strayed off the path. The good news is that I think I'm working on this soon enough that I don't have to climb a mountain to get back on the path. Now for the duplicate post:

OK. Fridays are weigh-in days and well - as much as I hate it, I'm gonna post my weight here for some public accountability. I am also reminding myself that the number on the scale is not a reflection of who I am - but a measure of how well I've been managing my weight. And that number shows I need to improve in that area.

Friday 11/6: 154.4

So - here's to starting my first 'official' weight loss regimen in over 4 years. Now let's set some goals.

First - the number goals:
Short term - to be under 150 on January 1st.
Longer term - to be under 145 by March 1st
At that stage, I'll re-evalute my goals.

Number goals are pretty useless without daily & weekly behavioral goals. I will be resetting these goals here every week.

This week's goals:
1. Update my progress on my behavioral goals on a daily basis - accountability
2. Daily journaling. This will be offline and involve pen, paper and ritual. - Emotional health
3. Daily food logging - all food - knowledge is power.
4. Exercise - Beef up the cardio (time not intensity). Push ahead with PUSH. Yoga or Pilates 1x per week. - Physical health
5. Come up with a viable eating plan and implement it
6. Explore the concept that I may not actually know how to LOSE weight without drastic means.
7. Weigh myself ONCE a week. Not daily. Fridays are weigh-in days.

That's it. It sucks to have to be undergoing this during the feasting season. But well so be it. If I don't undergo it now, I hate to think of what I'd need to address come January.

That's it for now.


  1. {{Maura}} You're so right about catching this weight-gain NOW before it turns into that mountain again. THAT'S the mindset change. And yes, the scale is not a reflection of who you are. It merely points out where we can improve, that's all. I know you can do this. If you need anything, let me know.

  2. You asked for suggestions. When I write out and daily affirm my reasons for my goals, I find that I am better able to match up what I actually do with what I set out to do. So, for instance, I have a pop-up reminder every morning I look at - my weight loss & fitness goals bring me health, happiness and peace of mind. The pop-up includes a question: how much is this worth to you?

  3. Lynn - Thanks. I think one of the biggest behavioral changes for me in the weight management journey is holding myself accountable by stepping on the scales even when I know deep down I am not going to like what I see. Putting my head in the sand about it is how I got up to 249 lbs at one point. I am confident I will be successful in my goals. Learning to take consistent baby steps with weight loss will probably be my biggest challenge.

    Chris - thank you for taking the time to comment. You are right about writing out and affirming your goal. I used to do that when I journaled (pen, paper, and other rituals) and it does help. Thanks for reminding me of that.


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