My Progress

Friday, August 28, 2009

Time and dedication

So I've been pretty busy since I last checked in. I started going back to meetings. My first was last week, Thursday evening. What used to be my fall back, "gonna be out of town this weekend" meeting has quickly become my favorite meeting (and not just because it means I can sleep in on Saturday mornings now, but that is a nice perk). The leader there is closer to my age (come to think of it, so is the entirety of that meeting's attendees) and the meetings in general seem to have a more driven vibe. While there aren't as many life-timers at this meeting, I think this is the one for me now.

So I walked in, unprepared for the bad weigh-in, but willing to accept what it said. I say unprepared because I didn't have my weigh-in clothes and had to hop on the scale in my street clothes. There's an instant +1 or 2 pounds right there. Add to that I usually weigh in the mornings and my weight can fluctuate by 3 or 4 pounds from morning to evening and also water retention from the weeks of bad eating and blah blah blah....

It was bad, OK? Worse than I thought, but at least I stopped it before I gained it all back. So +40.2 was a bit devastating, but again, very artificially high. Cest la vie. I'm back on the wagon, there's nowhere to go from here but down.

As it turned out, I picked a very appropriate week to get back at it. The topic of conversation was dealing with failures and slipups in one's weight loss journey. A bit apropos, eh?

I had intended to get back into the swing of things with some aggressive workouts, but alas my internship was not as finished as I'd expected. I spent this entire week coming in and making revisions to my submission for the assay I've been designing in order to get it up to presentation state and to get my assay approved for commercial use. So I didn't get any workouts in this last week. What I did manage to do was track. Militantly. Without forgiveness. Everything I ate.

The weight gain gave me 4 extra points per day and I managed to eat all of them several of the days. I even used a few weeklies. I felt very solid all week and expected it to show on the scale.

It did. Last night, I came in at 268.8 (in my usual weigh-in clothes), down 13.2 from the "reset" point. I've still got a lot of ground to cover before I'm back to where I was before, but at least I've got myself to a state where I know this is what I weigh and I don't have to wonder how accurate that number is.

So now I'm officially +27 from my lowest weight. That's still pretty painful to see, but I am confident I'll get that all off and continue on from there. It'll just take time and dedication. Two things I should have in abundance as I finish my internship today (for real) and proceed into the ruthless job hunt market. Monday, I'll be back to working out. Until then, I will continue to track and make sure I'm following the program.

I think I'll feel a lot better when I'm down to 258.2 again. I don't feel right having less than triple digits lost up there.


Fat Lazy Guy said...

Everyone's got to stare down the barrel at some point, and hey, 27's heaps better than 40! So congrats on the loss!

Look forward to some more regular posts :)

Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit said...

Wow, that's a cautionary tale right there. If you don't think it can sneak back on you in a double-hurry, you're oh-so wrong. Good job in stopping the madness and getting back on track.

~ugly girl with a beautiful heart~ said...

Just keep on keepin on sweetheart, that's an awesome loss after a regain, even minus the street clothes weight.

Keep bloggin!

Ashley said...

You're back to fight and you didn't give up. I consider that one awesome victory! As long as we keep trying, it's all good.

Carlos said...

way to roar back dude! takes balls

Diane, Fit to the Finish said...

You did it! You went back, and got started again. Good for you.

I often wonder what would have happened to me if I hadn't tried again the very last time. I think I would have ended up homebound. (or worse)

Keep up the good work!

Tony said...

Good job getting back on the wagon, and yea --keep blogging.

wildfluffysheep said...

*WAGS FINGER* more blogging! <3

went through something similar last couple of weeks, not tracking. eating without abandon. a big ass gain. *sigh* kudos to you coming back strong. if i had regained that much i would have been too scared to post it and probably never blogged again.

welcome back dude. :D rooting for you.