Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Weigh-In Results

I'm sorry I've been slacking on posting lately.  I get my life back on Thursday after my school year ends.  I'll be posting on a regular basis again after that. 

As for my scale results, 253.6.  .3 pounds... ugh.  At least it wasn't a gain.  I've got to leave for work now.  You'll hear from me again after my school year is over.  Hopefully, this is my last micro-loss for a while.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Weigh-In Results

Well it's Wednesday, and my birthday.  My wife, Claire, wants to take me out to dinner but I'm not sure where I want to go yet.  I don't want to break the bank in terms of calories and fat, but I only get one birthday a year.  There's a lot of fun stuff in my neighborhood.  I'll see what I can come up with.

I didn't have a chance to post Monday's weigh-in results yet, but here they are:

253.9.  I do have visual proof to back it up, but it's not available to me right now.  I'll post it the next time I post.

I totally understand why I'm getting .4 pound weekly losses.  It's because I have no time to do anything and won't have any for the next week.  After next Wednesday I'm home free!  I still have to work on the play but I'll be able to get exercise every day again. 

I'm ready to have my exercise routine back.  It's been a tough but fun few weeks.  

Sunday, June 20, 2010


I feel like I'm on more of a maintenance track than a weight loss track recently.  I find myself getting upset that I don't have time to work out.  It comes down to a time issue.  3 nights a week I'm busy from the time I get up to the time I go to bed.  My weekends are filled up too.  Usually with fun stuff but it still causes me some anxiety when I look at the calendar and I'm just busy all the time from now until August. 

I've been getting better at eating during the week but I still have a lot to learn about self control in different settings.  We just got back from a camping trip and although I didn't pig out, I certainly could have taken it easy on the snacking.  We went for a run on Friday night at the campground, so that's good.

Next weekend I'm going to a wedding.  It's only one day out of the whole weekend so I'm going to focus the rest of the weekend on exercising.  If the meal is from the buffet, I'm only going to allow myself one plate.

The weigh-in is tomorrow and I'm nervous.  Wish me luck.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Weigh-In Results

Sorry for the delay in weigh-in results.  I normally do them on Monday evenings, but I had play practice last night. 

Anywhom.  Let's get right to the number.  I was all set to take a picture with the camera on my brand new cell phone.  For some reason, the number didn't register on the picture. 

I weighed in at 254.3.  That's a half pound loss.  Not big by any means, but it's still a loss.  This play is making it very hard for me to find time to exercise.  I'm going to have to be a little more vigilant as far as my diet is concerned.

For now, I'm going to have to figure out how to feel a little more rested.  It's times like these I wish I were a coffee drinker.

Saturday, June 12, 2010


Have you ever failed before?  I know I have.  I've failed at a lot of things.  I had a semester in college where I failed every class I was in.  For a long time I was incredibly frustrated with my inability to find love.  Until I started this blog, I had only managed to lose 15 pounds or so at a time before I would gain it all back and then some.  I would fail at dieting and fail at exercising. 

I've been in some very low places because of my failures.  But there's a simple truth to failure.  Everyone fails.  Let me say that again.  Everyone fails.  Don't let your failures define you.  Judge yourself instead on how you pick yourself back up afterward.

If I had let my failures define me, I never would have worked up the courage to ask my wife, Claire, out on our first date.  I never would have graduated from college.  And I never would have tried to lose weight ever again.

I pulled myself away from the mentality that I wasn't capable of changing my life for the better.  I stopped letting my hangups get in the way of being a better me.

So if you're reading this and you're afraid to start.  Maybe it's because you've failed before.  Maybe because you're afraid to fail again.  And maybe you will fail.  And if you fail, you will be in the exact place you are now.  But the only way you're going to succeed is to start right now. 

So if you haven't started to change your life for the better, do it now.  Right now.  Put down your computer and go for a walk.  Pass on the extra helping of pancakes at breakfast.  Eat almonds instead of potato chips.  Drink lots of water.  Don't put it off until tomorrow.  Do it now.

You can do this and so can I.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Muffin Tops and the Like

I went running again this morning.  I almost didn't go but my wife, Claire, made me get out of bed.  I'm so glad she did.  I've been so crazy busy this last couple weeks that I feel like I'm holding on to my weight loss goals by a thread.  I used to blog every day and now I'm having trouble squeaking out just a couple each week.  Monday and Tuesday were both excruciatingly long days.  We had a school field trip to the science museum at work which was much more exhausting than I could have possibly imagined.  After that, I taught a French horn lesson and drove to play practice.  I left in the morning at 8 and didn't get home until 10.  Ugh.

I only have about three more weeks until our Summer vacation at work.  Then I'll have some extra time on my hands.

I had a couple non-scale victories recently.  I took my wedding ring in to be resized because it kept falling off my finger whenever my hand would get wet.  The perfect time to have a ring slip off your finger would be when you're holding your hand over what is essentially a large funnel.

Anyway, I took my ring in and the lady measured my ring and then my finger.  She looked at me and said "two sizes!" in a kind-of-amazed way.  I went from a 13.5 ring size to an 11.5.  Hopefully my fingers will stay that size for a while.

I went shopping at Goodwill last night for some new skinny clothes.  I found a pair of jeans and a pair of shorts.  The shorts were really beat up but at least they fit.  The jeans are brand new.  I did try on one other pair of jeans, but they were skin tight (but they fit!) so I didn't get them.  It gets to a point where it's pretty ridiculous.  I never thought my legs were fat to begin with, but for some reason my body thinks that's where I should lose weight from.  I look pretty silly with jeans that actually fit.  And I feel like I have the world's biggest muffin top.

The last non-scale victory is one of my co-workers looked at me and said, "Wow!  You've lost a lot of weight!"  It feels really good to have people start noticing.

So now I get to go back to my very busy life.  How do you stay focused on your goals when life gets  busy?

Monday, June 7, 2010

weigh-in results

I just got home from play practice and I'm exhausted so this will be a short one.

I weighed in this week at 254.7. You'll have to believe me. I'll bust out the camera next Monday again but I'm trying to expedite this post.

So I lost 4.3 pounds this week. It's never fun relosing weight but I think my number from two weeks ago was artificially low. My wife, Claire, said this morning on our run (That's right, we had a morning run without anyone biffing on the sidewalk.) that she was glad I had a bad weigh-in last week. I was getting a little too big for my batches and was letting my diet and exercise slip a lot.

One last thing. I got new pants! I'm now rocking some size 36 jeans. They're my skinny jeans now, but in a few months, I hope they become my fat pants.

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Friday, June 4, 2010

This Week in Weight Loss

I'm getting frustrated with my lack of posting.  I've been swamped lately.  The Music Man is starting to eat into my time and things are picking up for the end of the school year at work.  It's hard for me to concentrate on losing weight when I'm not blogging, so I'm going to make an effort to scribble something weight-loss related down every day. 

On Tuesday morning, my wife, Claire, and I thought we'd try switching to morning runs.  We went on our very first run and Claire took a nasty spill on the sidewalk, where she left a good chunk of skin.  I ran home to get the car to bring her back.  She was in rough shape for a couple days but has been improving dramatically.  She may even be up for exercise again by the end of the week.

I went home with a stomach bug on Wednesday.  I don't know what it was, but I felt like I was carsick.  Gross. 

I think I'm going to take another stab at The Daily Plate.  I've been doing better at controlling my eating, but I think I might be taking in just a touch too much food.  What I really need is someone to follow me around with a clipboard writing down everything I eat.  Oh man, wouldn't that make all of us eat a little better?

I went for a run last night.  I amuse myself a little every time I go for a run to scan in at the gym.  My health insurance covers $15 or $20 of my gym membership and it's been tougher to get to the gym the required 12 times a month when I have outdoor running in my training schedule.

Later this morning, Claire and I are taking off for her home town to visit her sister.  I'm taking her Senior Portraits, which I'm very excited about.  I think I have the tools I need to make sure I don't overeat this weekend.  I'm planning on exercising every day I'm down there. 

So that's where my life is.  You're all caught up now.  I'm feeling good about where I am and I'm expecting a good weigh-in next Monday.  Maybe not 251 pounds, but good nonetheless.