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Not looking forward to weigh-in.
Jun 28th, 2001 by Anna

I weigh in tonight and I’m not looking forward to it. By 11 o’clock I had eaten all but five of my max points. I know it’s all mental, but I’m having a really hard time adjusting to my new point range. I seem to get to 18 points quicker than anything. I’ve had serious munchies today, and it didn’t help that I had lots of good food around me. But I counted my points and will be having LOTS of veggies after weigh-in tonight so that I can make my veggie/fruit requirement and still manage to stay on program.

My sister called this morning with her weigh in results. She lost over five pounds this week! Sheeesh. Now I’m going to feel even worse. I won’t be surprised if I see a little bit of a gain on the scale tonight. *boo hoo* But I’ll survive.

Haven’t posted for awhile…
Jun 24th, 2001 by Anna

I haven’t posted in awhile, but I’ve been very busy. My husband and I just bought our very first home and we have been trying to close, pack, move, unpack, arrange… It’s been crazy! I skipped my meeting the Thursday before last – just weighed in and left – because I was so stressed and had so much to do. I did stay this past Thursday, though, because I wanted to set my goal officially. I’m so close!! I lost 3.5 more pounds for a total loss of 69.5 and only 5.5 more to goal! Wow!

I was excited to see some of my friends at the meeting, too, which made it easier to stay. They’d been going to the Thursday morning meetings where I go in the evenings. One of them is only a pound from goal and will have lost 105 total! I begged them to go to the evening meeting next week just in case he reaches goal – I want to be there! I hope I remember my camera! If he doesn’t get it this week, though, I won’t get to see him reach goal – he and his wife are going out of town for a few weeks. That bums me. But I’m SO happy for him! And his wife is looking really good, too! It’s amazing how much people can change in just a few weeks.

I hope they’re there for when I reach goal… I’m guess three more weeks.

Oh! Oh! I almost forgot!! These last pounds put my BMI in the normal healthy range! I’m no longer overweight!! Yay!!!

Ten Mile Bike Tour
Jun 11th, 2001 by Anna

The ten mile bike tour in Gatesville was actually eleven miles and a great portion of it was up this hill from hell! Yikes! But I did it. I didn’t even stop! Well, no I stopped about 2/3rds the way up the hill because my bike chain came off. Made that last third very VERY hard but I biked it – I did not walk it! Whoo hoo! I felt so good! Like I’d really accomplished something. Nevermind that the tour I took was the shortest path and that ten year old kids were doing it, too. I never would have dreamed that would be me. And I do plan on doing more of these this summer… and maybe by August I’ll register for the 30 mile route…

I rode my bike today, as well. This was the first time I rode my bike completely on my own for any significant length. I rode 4.3 miles to the house Jonathan and I are buying, talked to the roofers for about a minute and then rode the 4.3 miles back to our current house. There was another helacious hill, but after Saturday’s, I knew I couldn’t wimp out on that one. Halfway home, I looked down at my legs and realized I was getting a serious shorts tan so I hiked up my biking shorts really high. When I got home and went into the bathroom to shower, I looked in the mirror, and for the first time, that fat girl stayed away. I looked at my legs with my shorts looking all hoochie-mama and high and my first thought was actually, “hey I look pretty good!” I feel vain writing this, but it’s the honest truth. I definitely liked who I saw.

I wish I could say my day was all good. I had another bingeing episode. I’m just not allowed to bake, I guess. A few of us were having a sort of pot-luck for lunch. I wasn’t too worried because it was all salad stuff, but it was suggested I bring the dessert. No problem – if I’m bringing the sweet stuff, I can control it, right? Well, I made this great cake that’s really a cinch. You take a box of angel food cake mix and mix together with a 20 ounce can of crushed pineapples (not drained) and bake according to the cake directions. That’s it. And it’s delicious! And very low in points! Serves 12 at 3.3 points using the brand of mix I had. Well, I made it into three 8″ loaf pan cakes. When it came out of the oven, I decided I’d taste off of one of the loaves and leave that one for me and Jonathan to munch on. It was SO good. It was burning my fingers and mouth it was so hot, but much like the chocolate cake last month, I found myself out of control and eating, eating, eating. I ate 2/3rds of one loaf before I stopped and went to our lunch. I had a small forkfull there, and then when I got home I ate the rest of the loaf. Thirteen points of today’s total was in cake. Yeesh! I can say, though, that I stayed on program for the day – it just took a little creativity! It’s still frustrating, though, knowing that after 65 pounds, I still have a serious lack of control over certain items. And it always seems to be sweet stuff I’m baking. I sure hope this doesn’t mean I can’t bake sweet stuff… I’ve got to work this out…

Nine Mile Bike Ride!
Jun 6th, 2001 by Anna

I just got back from a nine mile bike ride. I’m so siked! A year ago, I probably couldn’t have ridden around the block. Today, I probably could have gone much much further. On Saturday, I’m signed up for a bike ride in Gatesville. My first official biking event. It’s just a ten mile fun ride, but it makes me feel like a different person – like all of those people I used to just admire and never realized I had it in me. My morning actually started off quite badly – very stressed. But the biking allowed me to release some of that tension. Hmm… last year I probably would have slept or ate in response to tension…

New Dress!
Jun 2nd, 2001 by Anna

I bought a dress at Walmart yesterday. Size small, listed for 4/6. Wow. It fits. I wanted to cry. I had Jonathan take a picture of me in it. Well, I’m no longer that thrilled with the dress. I finally have a figure I can take some pride in, and the dress hides it! How rude. I certainly take pleasure knowing the size, though.

One sad note. I realized that the faces photo I have earlier in my log has the wrong weights listed. The first fat face is after 21 pounds lost, not 10. Gross… I can’t imagine how obese I must have looked before. And there probably aren’t photos for me to look at because this was about when I was successfully avoiding the camera. Well, at least I can be proud in how far I’ve come.

I lined up the progress photos today and noticed some interesting things… My fingers, for example. I had to have my rings resized a week or two ago. And looking back at my first ‘fat’ photos, I can see how pudgy my fingers look compared to my more recent photos. Weird. The other thing is my neck. Unfortunately, you can only get a good glimpse of this in my photos that have me in bra and panties and I’m just not going to share that – but my necklace is sitting lower and lower on my neck. I never realize how much fat I had in my neck.

If anyone stumbles across this site during the beginning of their weight loss journey, please listen to me when I say, “TAKE FAT PHOTOS AND TAKE YOUR MEASUREMENTS!” I do wish now I’d taken photos of myself on the day of my first weigh in. And I wish I’d taken measurements. Instead, I didn’t start photos until I’d lost over 20 pounds, and didn’t take measurements until after 24 lbs (and some measurements not until after 48 lbs!). Looking at my progress in numbers (other than weight) and photos has been a huge help in keeping me motivated. Here’s what I mean:

 
Then (after 24lbs lost)
Now (after 64 lbs lost)
Bicep
14"
12"
Hips
44"
37"
Thighs
26"
22"
Waist
37"
29.5"
     
 
Then (after 48lbs lost)
Now (after 64 lbs lost)
Bust
40.5"
36" (and down from a DD to a C cup!)
Tummy
33"
31"

Notice that my hip measurement now used to be what my waist measured! Whoa! I wish I really knew how far I’d come. But this is sure nice.

Two more pounds gone for good!
Jun 1st, 2001 by Anna

Good weigh in. Another 2.5 lbs gone for good. Well, maybe not for good. I’m only 10.5 lbs from goal and that’s more than I would gain if/when I get pregnant so I imagine I’ll be at 155 again someday. Ha ha! Okay, I’m rambling. I’m very happy with my loss, though just .5 more pounds and I would have gotten another WW star. I have something to look forward to next week, I guess.

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