Friday, January 25, 2013

Weigh Day Friday: Week 4 of 52

So I did decide to move from WW to My Fitness Pal and have been counting calories since last weekend. I am still going to have my weekly weigh in but I am going to do them on Fridays now instead of Tuesdays. I have been tracking my weight for quite a while on MFP already so I already had the data for the past 3 weeks so I'll put it up here too.

Highest weight: 265
Goal weight: 150-160

Week #4 (1/25) - 242.0
Week #3 (1/18) - 241.8
Week #2 (1/11) - 242.2
Week #1 (1/4) - 241

Total loss = 23 pounds

I weigh myself every morning just to try to pay attention to my fluctuations. It works for me, but I know it drives other people crazy. I was "up" today, but the last two mornings I was 240.8 or so...I think the difference might have been some water I drank when I got up at 4 AM. Anyway, I'm not really concerned about that...I'm sure it will be back down in a day or two.

My biggest annoyance is the trend this month. I have been bobbling around the same 2 pound range all month. I have been AMAZING with eating and exercising this whole seriously amazing...I couldn't have done a better job.  I know the scale says I didn't lose weight but I see that my clothes are fitting better, so I must have gained some muscle and lost fat from somewhere (I know I should measure but I haven't really taken the time to do that yet). Actually, the last 2 weeks I've had a ton of people come up to me and tell me that I look great. That definitely helps! I also feel myself getting stronger and accomplishing more physically which makes me feel awesome too!

Therefore, I'm going to take those NSVs and not going to worry about what the scale says, but I am definitely anxious to see the 230s! I set my daily calorie goal around 1650 but eat between 1600-1800 calories a day depending on how much I work out. I am weary of setting my calorie goal too low and I have been trying to pay attention to my body's signals so I eat only when I am legitimately hungry. I'll see how that works out in a few weeks and adjust it if I need to.

I have to point out that for my WW weigh-ins I just put my net change per week but here I am actually writing my real weight down. The prospect of publishing my weight was scary at first, mainly because I was afraid that I would quit. But, once I published my comparison photo below at the beginning of this month, I felt kind of free. So there you go, that's my weight!

In conversation with some of my friends who are also trying to lose weight, I have also said my number out loud. The most common response was "Really?" I think because I am kind of tall (5'8") that I tend to look 20 pounds less than I actually am. That's good, I guess, but I still want to see the 230s.

Until later, happy living!


  1. Girl I hear ya! When I first started my weight loss blog I kept it hidden for almost 3 weeks. I was embarressed to say how much I weighed, and then I was mortified to show my "before" pics. But then I got to thinking, who am I kidding? Just b/c I don't SAY how much I weigh doesn't mean that people can't see how big I am. And why should I be embarressed to post my before pics, it's what I look like and I'm not hiding it from anyone when I go out. So I finally just bit the bullet & published my blog & I'm glad I did b/c I got to meet some great people (yeah I'm talking to you) & the support has been great. I love MFP as well, awesome tool!! Hopefully you'll kick those 2 lbs soon. Don't you hate it when you KNOW you don't weigh that much, but since you've decided this was your weigh in day you had to stick with it anyway? I just think "Well, that'll just be 2 lbs down for my next weigh in" ;)

  2. First, let me tell you that I went from 275 to my current weight of 180. It took me seven years, but I have slowly been dropping due to eating right and exercising. I,too, have been stuck on the same poundage before, and it STINKS!
    But it isn't because you've put on muscle. You cannot build muscle on a caloric deficiency, even if you have extra fat stores. It is a harsh, and disappointing truth. What is most likely happening is that your metabolism has adjusted, and you need to rev it up. There are several ways to do this. One is to temporarily increase your calories- by how much is trial and error. Still maintain a healthy diet, just increase the calories by 200-500 a day for about a week or two. You may possibly lose some ground, but if it works, you will start dropping again. You can also try to boost your excercise, so you are working at a higher intensity. A combination of those two is also recommended.
    In any case, I wish you much continued success. I have only recently decided to try this running thing. I have the lung capacity of a gnat, so it's been interesting going. Thanks for the added inspiration to continue on with my goals!