Category: dieting

Final Weigh In (for now)

Let’s cut to the chase. I was 177.4 this morning, meaning that I’m down 11.4 pounds since I began six and a half weeks ago. And I’ll be honest: my heart’s just not in this anymore. I know my goal was 175, but I’m low enough now that I don’t feel like continuing, and 6.5 weeks of oatmeal and peanut butter sandwiches has proven to be as many weeks as I want to go.

The good news is that I was still going along at a good clip, even at the end here. I mean, I’m down 1.6 pounds for this last week, which is the most I’ve been down in a single week for well over a month. Clearly if I wanted to keep going, I could. And two or three weeks from now, I’d make it to 175. I might end up doing that after a bit of a break, but . . . I guess there’s a balance between how bad I want to lose weight and how much I want to eat pizza, and it’s Tomas’s birthday, so the “eating pizza” part of me just veto’ed the rest.

Still, I’m considering this “mission accomplished.” In a month and a half I got my weight back down to a spot I’m very comfortable with. I’ve added some weight lifting back into my regimen, and so I’m still going to be working at doing things to keep getting into (slightly) better shape. Where will I go from here? Well, for now I’ll be transitioning back to a maintain eating style, meaning that I’ll still generally be eating a small breakfast and lunch, but I’ll eat more for dinner than I have been, and occasionally have some dessert. I’m going to do that for 3-4 weeks and see where I am.

Thanks for putting up with these weekly posts from me. They honestly help a ton in making and keeping and reaching goals, even if I know they’re not the most interesting topic to all of you. It’s amazing what a little accountability will do for even the least attractive goals out there. If any of you have something that you’ve always wanted to do (whether it’s losing weight or writing a book or learning a language or whatever), I wholeheartedly recommend making a public goal. It doesn’t have to be on Facebook. It can be nothing more than telling your family about it, though the more people you tell, the better this life hack works. Also commit (publicly) to a regular check in, and ask them for help remembering. Once you’ve got that in place, it’s really just a matter of sticking to the plan. I know this doesn’t work for everyone, but it definitely works for me.

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Weekly Weigh In: Week Six

Another week gone, and another pound lighter. That’s right: 179 as of this morning. Interestingly (to me, at any rate), that 1 pound came all in one day. Last Saturday I dropped from 180 to 179, and I’ve been around 179 since. Weight loss is strange, what can I say?

I know I don’t have that much more of this left in me. I’ve already begun looking at ways to game the system so that I can meet my goal and just be done with this earlier rather than later. My father’s going to be here in two weeks, so I’ve set that as my “be done by the diet by then” date. That means I’d have to lose 4 pounds in 2 weeks, which is definitely not going to happen the way I’m currently going. (It would likely take me 4 more weeks. 3 at the outside.) But I’m not above fasting for the last day just to cross the finish line. I think I can use a trick like that at the last minute, though it’ll be important that I try to toe the line and not eat like a pig too much.

Although who knows? I just got my second shot of the Moderna vaccine, and I know that gives some people some sever reactions. Maybe mine will be of the “lose 4 pounds in two weeks” variety. What are the odds? 🙂

For now, I’m just happy that the diet has continued to work. I’m down 9.8 pounds in 6 weeks, which doesn’t feel too incredibly fast to me. (Which is good. I didn’t want to just plummet down the weight, only to have it all come back the next week. That’s for the end of the diet, right?)

Onward and downward!

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Weekly Check In: April 9

I’m back for my weekly accountability check in with all you lovely people. This last week was far from my favorite. Sticking with the diet even over Easter proved a good way to make one grumpy Bryce. That said, I didn’t cheat at all, even with Peeps popping up everywhere I looked, it seemed.

And the good news is that all that diligence paid off. I’ve made it to 180 this morning, which means I’m down another 1.4 pounds from last week, and 8.6 pounds from where I started. Things were still looking grim even as recently as Tuesday, when I was still stuck at 181. But as I always try to remind myself, those plateaus are temporary if you’re sticking to your guns. (Seriously. If my body is burning more calories than I’m eating, then it’s physically impossible for me to miraculously just stay the same weight. Otherwise, we just might have found my superpower.)

I am definitely getting tired of this now. It’s been just over a month since I had anything really different to eat each day. It’s not the day to day that I mind; it’s the times when I’m used to having something different. Easter’s a good example, but there are others. What if I want to go out to dinner with Denisa? That’s tough right now. Have a picnic outside? Also difficult.

Thankfully, I only have 5 pounds to go, and I haven’t tried any tricks to monkey with my weight. Once I’ve lost a bit more, I might just skip my evening shake one day, which typically loses me about a pound just for the next day. I want to make my goal of 175, but at the moment all that’s keeping me stuck to that goal is grim determination. Once I’ve hit that number, I’ll be taking a dieting break. The big overarching goal right now is to stay below 180 . . .

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Weekly Weigh In: April Already

It’s another Friday, which is a relief right now, since it means I already know what I’m going to blog about the moment I wake up. (Sometimes coming up with a good topic is more than half the battle.) I’ve continued to stick with my diet completely, with no cheating to speak of. If anything, I’ve tweaked my calories down a bit, hoping to keep the pounds coming off.

This morning, I entered a 181.4 pounds. That’s 1 pound less than last Friday, and 7.2 pounds since I started. You’d think that would be cause for great celebration (it is), but at the same time, it’s a bit of a disappointment. Last Saturday (the day after I posted), I stepped on the scale and found I was down to 181.2, which was obviously really encouraging. But that one day of encouragement was offset by the following 6 days of just sort of kicking around the same weight.

Still, I’ve just been doing this for 26 days. Losing as much as I have in that time is super, and I have to just keep reminding myself that. But I would like to switch over to a maintenance plan sooner rather than later, and it can definitely be discouraging to be following all the rules and still not be seeing daily progress. Looking at Friday to Friday weigh ins, it was down 1.2 pounds, 2 pounds, 1.2 pounds, and now 1 pound. That’s pretty consistent, with a huge random swing in the middle for some reason.

Anyway. Nose. Grindstone. I know how this works, even if sometimes I wish there were a fast forward button.

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Weekly Weight Check In: March 26

Another week in the books. I’m at the point now in this process (2.5 weeks in), where it all feels very routine, and it’s largely stopped being a pain to do. Last week I had lost 2 pounds over the week. This week, it was down to 1.2. Still, 1.2 pounds down is better than no pounds down (or any pounds up), so that’s definitely something. At this rate, if I kept things up, I’d be at my goal weight by the end of April.

Of course, the debate with the diet that’s hardest to solve is always (for me) what to do about holidays. I already dieted straight through Denisa’s birthday without really paying the day any notice. You’d think that would be an easy thing, but I’m not really crazy about doing it. Not because it’s hard, but because a lot of our family traditions involve food, for better or worse. Imagine sitting down to a nice Thanksgiving dinner, except your dad skips it, because he’s on a diet and knows how hard it’ll be for him to be there and not eat anything. That just doesn’t sit right with me.

Easter’s not exactly to Thanksgiving level proportions in my house, from a meal standpoint, but then again, it’s still a very noteworthy holiday, and I don’t think I want to just diet my way through it. So we’ll see if I can somehow manage to eat my way sparingly through the day. (Not the easiest thing for me to, speaking from historical experience.) Still, once day isn’t going to kill me, though it will likely make the diet go on longer. (And then at the end of the month, my father is coming into town for a visit. Again, that’s not the easiest thing to just diet your way through. My immediate family is very understanding of my diet, and it’s not like my father would be mad or anything for me dieting while they’re here. But it’s a chance to celebrate and enjoy life a bit for a few days. I don’t think I really want to miss out on that.)

Which likely explains why diets end up taking me longer than I anticipate. There’s always some reason to celebrate something, right? Even during a pandemic. (Especially during a pandemic.) I just have to remind myself I’m in this for the long haul, and it’s more a resetting of my lifestyle than a temporary restriction on what I eat. The ultimate goal is to live a life where I just don’t put on weight. I’m getting better at that, but I clearly still need practice . . .

Anyway. One more week in the books. Bring on the next!

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Like what you’ve read? Please consider supporting me on Patreon. Thanks to all my Patrons who support me! It only takes a minute or two, and then it’s automatic from there on out. I’ve posted the entirety of my book ICHABOD in installments, and I’m now putting up chapters from PAWN OF THE DEAD, another of my unreleased books. Where else are you going to get the undead and muppets all in the same YA package? Check it out.

If you’d rather not sign up for Patreon, you can also support the site by clicking the MEMORY THIEF Amazon link on the right of the page. That will take you to Amazon, where you can buy my books or anything else. During that visit, a portion of your purchase will go to me. It won’t cost you anything extra.

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