Category: dieting

Weight Check In: Omicron Edition

It’s been a while since I checked in with my somewhat regular accountability post on my weight. The last time, actually, was the end of my last big push to lose weight. That was back in April of 2021. I’d been just going with a limited menu of foods for about six weeks, and I got down to 177.4. In the intervening months, however, life got very (very) hectic, and my diet completely went out the window. I even stopped weighing myself over Christmas break, which is usually the first step toward complete disaster.

So after all those months of no dieting, what was the damage?

I’m pleased to say I clocked in today at 186.6. Yes, that’s almost up 10 pounds, but when you consider the last check in was just after dieting (and my weight inevitably bounces back up some after I go off a diet), then it’s not that far off from where I’d like to be, which is in the 180-185 range. Honestly, I’m amazed I managed to go somehow keep things together enough to not completely lose it.

I’m switching back to my normal menu now, which means usually the same meals every day. I know I call it a “diet,” but honestly it’s almost more comfortable for me to eat that way than to eat any other way. I don’t have to think about what I’m eating. I just eat the same thing at the same time every day, and I’m good to go. When I’m hungry, I know that I won’t be hungry in an hour or so, and that’s enough to keep me from minding. Yes, I’ll eat something different now and then, but on the whole, I just don’t like wasting time worrying about things that don’t matter that much to me. I love food, but I’ve found as long as I save the special food for times I really care, then the in-between times don’t really matter that much.

Anyway. Nothing else to say here other than to share that small, bright spot today. I hope your Wednesday is going well.

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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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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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