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Week 1 Weigh In

A little recent history: Before we got engaged, M and I both tried the diet associated with the 4 Hour Body Project. It’s basically a low carb diet with the addition of beans. Because I hate beans, this was obviously not a good idea. This diet also involves a pure binge day. Needless to say, I never lost any weight that stuck past the binge day.

When we went to Nashville (the weekend we got engaged), I can’t remember what specific diet if any we were on.

M and I decided the day after we got engaged that we were both going to try to lose some weight prior to the wedding. M even decided we should take a last trip to Dairy Queen to splurge one last time. The odd part of that was we weren’t regular DQ customers before that, but oh well, it was symbolic nonetheless. I joined Weight Watchers within a few days, or even that night.

Weight Watchers was okay but I think I was eating too few calories (like below 1200). I also never really kept it together on the weekends on WW. I dropped some weight but would gain it all back every weekend – this is the big reason I’m giving up drinking for the most part.

I’ve only had real success in weight loss twice. The first time I did Atkins in Summer 2004. I was at my heighest weight ever when I started that and I probably lost 60 pounds. ┬áThe second success was from November 2008 to March 2009 when I lost about 30 pounds. The second time my success came from counting calories.

Atkins was obviously out, so I decided to count calories again. I like counting calories because I can eat whatever I want – it just has to be within my calorie range. And I have no excuses. The only real difficulty with it is restaurants that don’t have caloric information available. Thankfully companies are providing this information more and more.

Anyway, the History of Jaimie’s Weigh Loss is not what you came for.

You came for the weigh in.

I’ve walked around today very proud, because I have lost 6.5 pounds since last Wednesday! Calorie counting and working out are clearly doing something for me. I know I won’t have this high of numbers every week, but I’ll take it this week! And I’ll use it to motivate me next week and the week after. There’s nothing stopping me this time. And there won’t be more to my weight loss roller coaster. This is the last time I’m going to need to lose weight (absent pregnancy weight).


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T-167 – T-165

I’d love to think that I’m going to post every day, but that’s just not realistic for me. As an example, here was my day today:

  • 6:10 wake up
  • 6:30 cardio core class at gym
  • 7:35 get ready
  • 8:00 commute
  • 8:20 Kohls (needed something for our trip this weekend)
  • 9:00 Attorney meeting at Bob Evans
  • 10:30 – 3:30 work (non-stop today, which is a new development that I’m really loving but also simultaneously stressing out about)
  • 3:30 drive downtown
  • 4:00 CLE downtown
  • 5:15 drive across downtown
  • 5:30 IndyTalks event with M
  • 8:00 get home and relax for first time all day
Luckily this isn’t my every day, but it’s becoming more common for me to have these days often. It makes me very happy that I got to the gym this morning and therefore had no excuse to not work out. Yesterday, I did not make it to the gym in the morning and subsequently only went to the gym with M for 30 minutes last night. I’m really aiming for 60 minutes of cardio most days and M doesn’t want to go the gym for that long so if I don’t go by myself and/or in the morning I won’t get 60 minutes in. I really value our time together so I didn’t want to spend time at the gym that I could be spending with him instead.
Anyway, things are going well still. I didn’t get as much gym time in this weekend as I would have liked but my weight is continuing to creep down. I think tomorrow’s weigh in will bring very good news.
  • Calories:
    • Sunday: 1,325
    • Monday: 1,260 (give or take some calories for a cupcake that I could only estimate – and this by the way is the reason I love calorie counting because I can choose to eat whatever I want as long as I stay in my calorie zone)
    • Tuesday: 1,377
  • Workouts
    • Sunday: nadda
    • Monday: 31 minute run (3 miles) – did 3×400 speedwork in the middle
    • Tuesday: cardio core class

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