Friday, January 30, 2009

Milestone Hit

I did it. I hit 249 (249.9 thank you very much)

It is noteworthy for two reasons. It means:

  • I am 1/3 done
  • I have less than 100 pounds left to lose (99 thank you very much)

I just hope I don't sabotage myself too much over my vacation...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Power of Ten

It is amazing the how motivating it is when I get close to dropping another set of ten. Every time I get to about 3 or 2 I go into overdrive to lose the few pounds to be in a new set of ten. 

That's where I've been this week. I'm in the low 250's, and by Friday I want to see 249 on my scale. Even though I know it will fluctuate and will go back up, I want to see it.

I can't imagine how motivated I'll be when I get close to moving from the 200's to the 100's 

Sunday, January 11, 2009


I've found it helpful in my weight loss journey to read the odd book about weight loss. But it is difficult to find one that won't drive me nuts. I don't want some schmaltzy self-help book or a book about a new fad diet.

So far I found two sane books.

The first is Breaking Through Your Set Point by George Blackburn, MD. 

I found it soon after I started my regime and he espouses much of the standards I set for myself (i.e. losing weight 10% at at a time, taking time to maintain).

I didn't like his statements about sleeping more to lose weight. I sleep when I'm tired and wake up naturally most of the time - I can't help it if it's not 8 or 9 hours!

The other one is Calorie Queens by Jackie Scott et al.

I like her practical (and personally successful) advice. She tells how she and her daughter both lost massive amounts of weight. The first half is better than the second, but it is the one I would recommend the most.

I don't like the 'trendy' name she came up for her method. She call is Eucalorics. Basically, she says you need to calculate the numbers of calories you would need to consume to maintain your ideal weight. Then you eat that many calories - every day for the rest of your life.

Harsh, but true.

I don't think it's the method for me (I don't think I could count calories like that). But it was sane.

Now I need to look for a new book to keep me focused. That means I have to brave the self-help section - blech.


Thursday, January 1, 2009

Phase II begins

Now that January 1st has arrived I need to begin losing the next 10%. So as of this morning I am at 258 so I need to lose 25.8 pounds, But I'll just round it up to 26. They say that it is healthy to lose 1 - 2 pounds a week. If I plan on a pound and a half a week - that means I should reach 232 by April 30th. So that is my new goal.

The Additional Rules:

  • To drink 64 oz of water a day
  • No having "seconds".

I can't see any difference in the mirror (although I know there is a difference in my clothes). So here is the picture when I first started and now in the same shirt.

So I guess I can see a difference. That makes me happy.