Saturday, February 11, 2012

Saturday Weigh In - 02/11

I'm one week in on my long (but fully accepted) journey to getting physically healthy. This week was amazingly successful! While I don't want to downplay my success this week, I feel the need to, if only a little.

The first week always comes with a dramatic loss. I think the biggest loss I've personally had was 7 (or maybe it was 8) pounds. That's a lot to lose in one week. For those of you who don't know - the initial weight loss (in excess of 3 pounds) the first couple weeks is mostly "water weight."

With that said, it still most definitely counts as lost weight - but (to me) it's mostly a number thing. This is why I refuse to be a slave to the scale anymore - I'm using my body as the primary guide (clothes feeling loser, feeling less bloated, etc...). I'm planning to post a bit more about this soon.

Blah, blah, blah... On to my weigh in.

Current weight: 266.2
Last week's weight: 276

Difference: -9.8 lbs
Total lost: -9.8 lbs

I almost couldn't believe the numbers when I saw them. This has been the biggest weight loss I have ever seen in a single "first" week! I do have to note a couple things though...

1) I was bad about eating all my "points" this week!

I know how important it is to eat enough calories, but I ate plenty of food and didn't feel hungry - so I really couldn't force myself to eat just to fill up for the sake of "eating all my points." Some days I'm hungrier than others - I'll happily eat a bit fuller on those days, but if I've eaten a great breakfast, lunch, dinner AND a couple snacks - and still have points left over, then so be it.

2) Friday I fasted.

I still had one day left to make up for the fasting I missed in Ramadan (the month Muslims fast). I wanted to go ahead and get it done - so I fasted from sunrise til sunset yesterday (about 12 hours). Some of the dramatic loss this week might be partly attributed to the fasting, even if only a pound.

I journal everything I eat/drink on an online calendar and keep track of my points (I'm using the old Weight Watcher Point system because the newer one didn't really work well for me the last time I tried it). The calendar is linked to the blog; be sure to check in and see what I've been eating. You can scroll through the previous days - who knows, you might get a few meal ideas too (recipe requests are more than welcome).

Note: We eat "dinner" at the lunch time - so you'll notice my dinners are more like lunches (leftovers, veggie burgers, soup/salad, etc...).


  1. Very good for your first week. You were talking about points are you doing Weight Watchers? If not what program are you doing?

    1. Thank you! Yes, I'm doing Weight Watchers. However, I'm doing the "old" Weight Watchers points system. I tried the new Weight Watchers Points Plus but I wasn't losing weight... I was eating super healthy but due to the higher daily points and the zero points for fruit - it was just too many points for me to successfully lose weight.

      I have successfully done the "old" WW system twice before - so I decided to go back to what I know.

      Now, with all that said - I also incorporate the knowledge I have about the biochemistry of food and its effects on the body - so I tend to eat lots of protein, moderate "healthy" fats (fat isn't evil), natural carbs (fruits, veggies and whole grains), and avoid synthetic/artificial sweeteners (no diet soda or sugar-free 5 calorie flavored water stuff) - and of course LOTS of water!

    2. Well good luck to you. I am also going to be starting the new WW points system. First meeting is tomorrow.

    3. Again, thank you! I'm confident you will love WW's! I believe wholeheartedly in the concept "everything in moderation." Fat and carbs aren't evil - as long as they are healthy and in moderation. This is why WW's works so well as a "diet plan" because you don't have to give up anything... yes, you can have that piece of cake, fudge, ice cream, etc... you just learn how to budget it into your daily/weekly caloric (point) allowance.

      Please keep me posted on your progress! If you happen to have a blog - let me know! Or, if you want to be FB friends so I can help keep you motivated - just let me know! :D


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