(and I think I am done with the fat/weight loss puns now.)
On Week 1 (beginning of August), I made this announcement. I was the heaviest weight I have ever been. 188.0. There I said it. It's in print...and ON THE INTERNET. Horror. But I have got to start being honest with myself (and ya'll) if I am ever gonna stay accountable and continue to lose weight and get healthy.
Over the last 16 weeks, I saw encouraging numbers and weight losses as I weighed in on Tuesdays.
Week 2: -3.5 pounds
Week 3: -1.5 pounds
Week 4: -4.0 pounds
Week 5: -3.0 pounds
Week 6: -0.0 pounds
Week 7: -5.0 pounds (*This week was my first celebration/met my first goal because I was officially under my pre-Jake weight by 2 pounds- 171 pounds.)
Week 8: -0.5 pounds
Week 9: -1.5 pounds
*Around here was when I gave you guys this mid-season update, where I shared what I had been doing and how things were going.
Week 10: -2.0 pounds
Week 11: -1.0 pounds
Week 12: -0.0 pounds
Week 13: -2.0 pounds
Week 14: -0.0 pounds
Week 15: -1.5 pounds
Week 16: -2.5 pounds
Week 17: 1.5 pounds (*This was my second goal! At this point, I had lost 29.5 pounds and was official below my pre-Brooklyn weight. I weighed in at 158.5 (was 160 when preggers with B), and was super excited.)
And then Thanksgiving happened...and all the leftovers that followed. But this was a great test for me. You see, we had our last weigh in at work on Tuesday, November 30th. And I have to be honest here and say that I didn't really work hard at the weight loss or exercising over the Thanksgiving break (and I know watching The Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now? on TV does not count!). I came in and had gained 2 pounds this final week. I have to say that though I was not surprised, I am a bit disappointed in myself in that I really didn't make any effort over the holiday. It scares me to think just how quickly I can fall back in my old habits of eating. Much like the BL contestants on TV, when they leave the ranch and enter "real life" again, they do all naturally gain a bit of the weight back, but it then becomes a mental challenge to stay strong and stay the course.
But, I cannot dwell on one bad week when I had 16 good ones, so with that two pound weight gain this week, my final weight loss was...
27.5 pounds, or 14.63%!
And that my Blogger and Facebook friends was enough to make me the Season 1 Girl Scouts BIGGEST LOSER!!!!
[you may insert your own cheers and confetti throwing here...I did. :-)]
And my current weight is 160.5. Still not ideal, but much better than 18 weeks prior. :-)
I have a plan to talk to my doctor in a few weeks and find out what I weighed when I graduated college (the summer before I got married). That was probably the healthiest I have ever been and probably the most fit. I could have unrealistic goals of looking at high school weights, but well, 2 children + getting older...you ladies know what I am talking about. Many of you may believe that the number on the scale doesn't matter. "As long as my jeans fit, right?" I used to feel that way, and I have to say that statement (for ME) equals DENIAL. These days, jeans are made out of stretchy material, so yes, my jeans still fit, but I happened to sneak in an extra 20+ pounds in there. So, for me, I have to continue to look at the number, because that number is what held me accountable and gave me the harsh truth week after week.
Several of you have said that I have inspired you over the past 4 months, but I have to say that you all have been so inspiring to me as I have been traveling this journey. To not only be accountable to the scale and people at work, but also to all of you, my wonderful blog readers, it was sooooo helpful for me to stay on the right track. Many of you have emailed or left FB messages or picture comments, and I treasure them so much. Thank you!!! You have all helped me along this very difficult (but long overdo and much needed) journey.
[ok, enough Mrs. America acceptance speech fluff]
We start "Season 2" at work in January. My journey is only about halfway over in the "loss department" (and then it's on to maintanence!). After all, it's not a diet...it's a lifestyle change (Bob & Jillian would be proud!). I'll keep you posted! And again, thank you all so much for the support!