Friday, February 4, 2011

Weekly Progress Update: January 28-February 4

THE STATS: 6’6” (78 inches), 278.0 lbs (Goal: 240 lbs), BMI 32.1, Current month’s weight loss (February 2011): 1.6 lbs, 2011 weight loss: 11.6 lbs, total weight loss: 105.8 lbs.

WEEKLY WEIGHT LOSS  from January 28-February 4: 1.6 lbs

The first week of February has been a good one!  I feel like I'm really gaining positive momentum both with my food intake and with my exercise routine.  I'm consistently dropping several ounces per day, often up to a half-pound, and I'm getting back into familiar territory, where I can almost predict where my weight will be from day to day.

The last time I was on this type of roll was in the summer of 2009, when for 10-12 weeks, I could predict that I would drop a pound per day for three days in a row, hold steady for two days, increase in weight a half or a whole pound, then drop several pounds the next day.  This kind of routine and predictability is what I thrive on, and it's nice to be back in that position!  

I've been eating well, the only exception in the past week was a frozen yogurt outing with Laurelin where I'm guessing I consumed probably 300 calories of non-fat yogurt, which isn't terrible, but an exception nonetheless, and I won't do that again for a while.  I was able to get to the gym 4-5 times in the past week, the past two of which I spent over an hour on the exercise bike, along with a little weight work.

Here's a little something I've found to be helpful in starting out my day the right way: they say "eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper," meaning eat your biggest meal at breakfast, second-largest at lunch, and your lightest meal at dinner.  Well, it's true.  At least it has been for me, and I think it's worth a try for anyone who hasn't given it a shot.  It helps me avoid massive food cravings, as a feel satisfied throughout the day, especially with my small mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks.  Eating my lightest meal at night, usually a nice, big yet veggie-heavy salad, helps me avoid carrying too much food waste in my body overnight, without getting too graphic and into the TMI danger-zone!

- Dan -