I have an official weigh-in at the start of every month. I share the results right here, along with data about my exercise accomplishments, but I didn’t share anything last month. It slipped through the cracks. Whoops! So now I have two months to catch you up on. Let’s dig in!
It’s a mixed bag of good and could-be-better news, but the overall headline is: I need to be better with my eating.
First, the scale. Here’s my weigh loss chart:
During the month of September, I lost one pound. During the month of October, I gained five.
My current weight is 257, which is my highest weight in 2.5 years. Here’s my chart since then – the peak on the far left is May 2013, when I also weighed 257.
The gain wasn’t a surprise. Towards the end of October, I got weighed during a doctor’s appointment, and that number was even higher (and specific, down to the tenth of an ounce). It was printed on paperwork I brought home.
That number provided a jolt, and I buckled down and got myself a few pounds down by my weigh-in. I’m trying to continue that downward trend.
It’s not that my eating has spiraled out of control. It hasn’t. For the most part. It’s just that I’m being more lenient, with portion sizes, with late-night eating, with what constitutes ‘eating in moderation,’ and stuff like that.
Okay, okay, there’s also been a couple instances where I’ve had “what the fuck does it matter” moments (fueled by depression, mostly) that have led to really bad choices, but I’m pretty good at rallying myself back on track.
It all serves as a reminder that this is an ongoing, continual effort. I’m also working very hard to avoid beating myself up about the gain, and remind myself of the perspective shift that I’ve been working on the past few months.
So, to that end, let me remind myself of some awesome statistics:
A weight of 257 means that I’ve lost and kept off 145 pounds. For almost five years. That’s awesome. That can be seen visually when you look at my entire weight loss chart:
Another cool things to remember is that, despite the gain, I still accomplished some pretty incredible things in the past two months, including a great race up the stairs in the Space Needle, and a ridiculous 6K race in Palm Springs that was entirely uphill. I even turned a crappy race experience into a good memory after completing the race course two additional times, for funsies sake.
And, I have two more races to focus on before the end of the year – they’ll be the topic of my next post.
In fact, my exercise has been very consistent, which brings me to Part Two of this post: My Workout Progress Report.
I track my workouts on my calendar. Each workout gets a dot, and I jot down a description of what I did. Here’s my September calendar…
…and my October calendar:
In September, I worked out 24 out of 30 days, and in October, I worked out 25 out of 31 days. Combined, that’s a success rate of 80% – a bit below my ongoing goal of 85%, but I’m really happy with those numbers. During those two months, I also took five classes at Slimmons and dedicated 14 of those workouts to weightlifting.
I also had a great two months with my Cardio Miles. I track all the miles I complete doing all forms of cardio, and add them up. In September, I added 66 miles to my total, and in October, I added 67.1 more. That brought my total, over 2.5 years, to 1,900.2! I’m going to do another Fun With Maps post (one of my favorite ongoing posts) when I hit 2,000 miles, and I think that’ll happen by the end of the year. In fact, I’m going to make that a goal!
So, to summarize, I gotta keep the exercise truck barreling down the freeway, and push the eating truck back into high gear. I can do it. I’m capable of amazing things.
Keep it up, David!