‘Tis the season! Which means that the world turns sparkly, the weather turns chilly, and 2013 is almost over. I’m looking at this time of year as a Countdown to Christmas – focusing on my weight loss and achieving my goal of hitting ONDERLAND before the end of 2013. Achieving that will be the best gift of all!!! Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend. This is the time of year when food and celebrations are plentiful and the last thing on most people’s minds is weight loss. I’m going to show that weight loss can happen during the holiday season. My Sunday progress updates will be called Countdown to Christmas Weigh-Ins.
Week 27 was a fun one because I had the entire week off with lots of plans. I watched my 49ers win on Monday Night Football, got a cute blowout at DryBar, participated in the Turkey Trot, enjoyed a family Thanksgiving, started C25K and felt good out on the track, got all of my Christmas shopping done from the comfort of my home on Black Friday, saw The Book Thief (go see it!), and started decorating the house for Christmas. Whew! Action packed!!
When I weighed in this morning, I was 207.0, which is a loss of 1.6 pounds this week, and a loss of 70 lbs since surgery! I’ve lost a total of 108 pounds from my highest weight!! I’m really happy with this loss, because it shows that even during a holiday week, where my normal routine was completely off AND where eating is the focal point, I can lose weight. I’m also really impressed that I’ve lost 70 pounds in just 6 1/2 months! I’ve never seen this much sustained success on the scale EVER before in my life. Even in those times in the past when I’ve lost a significant amount of weight, I’ve never been as sure as I am right now that I WILL NOT GAIN IT BACK. It’s not just the sleeve that makes me confident, it’s the fact that I’ve really changed my whole mindset around eating, exercising, and what I want out of life. I still enjoy food, but it’s not as difficult to make healthy choices as it used to be.
For example, last night my parents, sister, and I went out to Outback for dinner before we saw The Book Thief. My parents had ordered a really delicious appetizer – the crab & avocado stack:
As you can see, it was served with chips, but I didn’t even hesitate to pass those up and eat the crab and avocado with my fork instead. That way, I got to enjoy the full flavors of the food without adding extra calories, sodium, and fat that the chips would have brought. It’s a little change, but one that adds up throughout a day. (The crab and avocado stack was a-mazing, and I’m planning on re-creating it at home because I really loved it).
This week my focus is going to be getting myself closer to my goal of hitting Onederland by the end of this year. That’s 30 days to lose 8 pounds, and I think it’s a very attainable goal. I know that if I keep my protein and water intake high, keep my carbs low, and keep up with my exercising, I’ll hit 199 on the scale by December 31.
Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!