242.4 (for the LAST time!)

weight chart today

Starting Weight: 318.2 lbs.
Weight Last Week: 243.8 lbs.
Current Weight: 242.4 lbs.
Weekly Change: –1.4 lbs.
Total Weight Lost: 75.8 lbs.

Hello, friends!

I apologize for the late posting; things have been busy and time got away from me!

This past Friday’s weigh-in went well, as you can see! I was down another 1.4 lbs., which was a big deal in the sense that it marked two consecutive weeks of losing—something that hasn’t happened since weigh-ins 60 and 61 (the weeks of October 30th and November 6th, 2015).

That means that for 10 solid weeks, I was on a repeat schedule of gain, lose, gain, lose, gain, lose, etcetera… but I finally broke my own streak!

Here’s to hoping the scale brings good news in two days in the form of a third consecutive week of weight loss… though I am a teeny, tiny bit less sure of it this time around, to be honest.

This week’s eating was just OK. There were some bingey days… and some days where my tracker didn’t see any action… and some days where I just wasn’t on target in the way I should’ve been.

It’s hard, you know? I’m still trying to find that ideal state of balance—that place where I can have some “within reason and on budget” frozen yogurt and not spiral out of control afterwards.

I’m still learning, even after all this time!

Last Wednesday, I went shopping at Old Navy to look for an appropriate outfit to wear to a job-related meeting/interview.

I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to find something I loved. It’s so easy for me to remember the feelings of absolute dread and misery that accompanied my shopping trips in the earlier stages of my weight loss… and it’s almost comical to compare “that me” to “this me.”

In a blog I wrote in April of last year, I talked to you guys about my experience shopping for an appropriate dress to wear during the defense of my undergraduate Latin honors thesis. It was a horrific episode, and I spent a good deal of energy mourning the body that I realized would never quite fit my “perfect” ideals, even after weight loss.

I snapped a couple of photos of one of the dresses I tried on on that fateful April day, and as I was shopping on Wednesday, I decided to snap a couple more photos of myself and then take a trip down memory lane to see if there were any noticeable changes between the “April mourning me” and the “current, happier, more hopeful me.”

I was completely shocked at what I saw, especially considering the fact that I’ve only lost a grand total of 15.6 lbs. since last April:



The photos on the left are current; the photos on the right are the ones I snapped last spring.

The dresses and jackets are the exact same size… yet I’m wearing them so differently, aren’t I?

The scale hasn’t exactly been moving for me lately, but perhaps my body is changing anyways? These pictures surely point to the fact that it is…

Notice, too, the difference in my facial expressions… Maybe I look better in these new photos because my mind is in a better state—because I’m happier and it actually shows.

Who knows?

On Saturday, I walked my second 5K, and my oh my… It was one for the books!





When I first arrived at the park, it was only 19 degrees (Fahrenheit), and I was dreading having to do the walk.

Then my friends showed up (but not the whole team from the last 5K, unfortunately), and I felt marginally better.

My friend Gloria (the snowflake pictured with me above!) and I decided that we’d stick together, and it didn’t matter to either of us how long it took to finish the race… The other two ladies we were with, Linda and Wanda, didn’t exactly have the same ideas about timing and finishing, though, so they ended up way ahead of us—but that’s OK! We’re each walking our own paths, and I get that.

Anyway—Gloria and I (and several other folks) were apparently too slow for the likes of the race officials… because they started picking up the signs and mile markers before we actually got around to finishing the race!

This lead to us getting off track and “lost,” if you will… and we actually ended up doing 3.6 miles instead of the typical 3.1 miles when everything was said and done (or so says my Fitbit…). We also ended up having to cut across the middle of the park, so by the time we found and crossed the finish line (by pure luck!) we were in hysterics…

But ‘lo and behold, we still managed to finish under an hour (in 58 minutes and 13 seconds, specifically)!

I came in 492nd place overall, and in 86th place in my age division.

Compared to the last 5K back on December 6th, 2015, I added 15 seconds to my time, came in 26 places behind overall, and 21 places behind in my age division this time around.

Yikes, huh?

Just kidding! Honestly, the stats don’t even matter to me. It’s not about finish times, it’s about finish lines! As long as I continue to finish these races I sign up for, that’s really and truly all I care about.

Race number three is on February 7th—Super Bowl Sunday!

I hope you’re all doing well and that each of you has had a wonderful, productive week!

I’ll see you on Friday with a weigh-in update.

Until then,

Eat well. Be well.







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