Archive for October, 2010

It means:

  • Carving new holes in old belts
  • Pants falling down
  • The ‘Baggy’ look
  • Comments from wonderful people I haven’t seen in a while (‘You’ve lost weight, haven’t you?!’)
  • Passing the halfway mark in a 55-lb weight loss journey
  • I’ve lost over 1.5 times my baby Joy’s weight
  • Regret at having tossed some old (smaller) clothes in frustration (though they were given to a family in need, so it’s really OK)
  • Figuring the cost of a new wardrobe
  • Being less hesitant before sitting on a fragile-looking bench or chair
  • Wondering ‘so what’s all this fat still doing here?’
  • Better gas mileage 🙂
  • One less chin
  • The thrill of only having 20 more to go!

Actually, this morning the scale told me just shy of 220, so it’s 219, but I’m calling it 220 for now.  Look out 215!  I’m coming at ya!
We just came back from a trip to the NC mountains at a friend’s cabin.  The leaves were great, the weather perfect, and the food, plentiful.  Thankfully, I left over a good portion at each meal, and managed to lose a little, as opposed to gaining any weight this trip.

I’ve found that one of the biggest, most profound hurdles for me, was to stay the course, especially on trips, special occasions, and holidays.  Now, I have Thanksgiving and Christmas staring me in the face.  While I won’t have made my goal to have it all lost by December 1st, I am well on my way.  20 to go, and these holidays can just come and give me their best shot!  I’m not backing down!  Coming from a family where getting together is ALL about the food (and lots of it), it’ll be a challenge, but one I am ready for.

If you are in a similar situation, or want to be, just remember that it’s all in your head.  There’s nothing really physical about it.  Once you have your mind made up, nothing can stop you!  An occasional mistake (like today I had a Triple Lindy at Moes Southwest – my favorite!) should not stop you, or even let you down.  Just get right back on the horse, and ride on into the sunset. 

And losing that weight will make your horse feel better, too.  Good luck!

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Room 222

Remember that show?   Well, this post has nothing to do with that show!

But when I stepped on the scale this morning, behold, I saw the little needle pointing to that magic number – 222lbs!
33 lbs less than when I started this journey.  Needless to say I am ecstatic… but also let it be said that for the past several weeks, it’s been teetering between 228 and 225 or so. 

It averages out to about a pound a month since December 2007, so nothing miraculous here, but most of it has been lost this year.  And it’s really all just eating less.  Of the stuff I really like… Oh, I eat pizza – but instead of 2 or 3 slices, I eat one.  Yesterday I had only half my sandwich (we made paninis – yummy!) because I was full!

So I saved the other half for later.  I still have ice cream (my downfall) a couple of times a week – not a huge helping, but anywhere from 1/2 cup to a cup.  Not bad.  No toturous routine of Lean Cuisine or Nutrisystems meals, and while I do eat salad several times a week, it’s not my main staple.

Ok, this is getting boring – just wanted to check in with you and let you know… 220 is right around the corner.  And then my goal of 200 will (almost) be in view.

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