Week 20 Check In

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Date: 6/30/15

Loss(-)/Gain(+):  -6.5 lbs

Current Weight:  226.9 lbs


Well, I’m up 0.9 from my unofficial weigh-in 2 days ago, but that is easily explained by the fact that I’m taking cold medicine (the liquid stuff just works better at night) and sugar-free lozenges (which do contain some carbs).  Every time I’ve been on a low-carb eating plan and had a cold my weight loss stalls because of taking those items.  However, it’s not really a stall because overall I’m down for the week.

In 20 weeks I’ve lost 55.1 pounds.  No bad.  But I have a lot more I want to lose left.  Just under 50% there.

My stats are:

Starting Weight Current Weight Goal Weight Weeks on Plan Total Lost Weekly Avg Monthly Avg Pounds to Goal
282 226.9 175 20 55.1 2.755 11.92915 51.9

Even with the month of June basically a wash I still have great weekly/monthly averages.

Somehow it feels like it’s happening at a slower rate this time, but i know it’s not.  I guess I’m just impatient.

There have been a few things in my closet I’ve put away into fat bags, but for the most part I’m still wearing a lot of the 3x and 2x t-shirts I started out with in February.  I’m not as interested in spending money along the way to showcase my new body, but I probably should go out and spend a little money on a couple of well-fitting shorts and t-shirts to get through the next few weeks when I have occasions to wear something that actually fits.

Weeks 16 – 19 – I’m still here!!!

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OK, things are fine.  First the stats….

  • Week 16, Tuesday, 6/2/15, 227.8 (conversion to my scale from medi-weightloss……a loss of almost 2 pounds according to my scale, which ran a pound higher than medi’s)
  • Week 17, Tuesday, 6/9/15, 228.4…..so a gain of 0.6.  Not bad considering I had family in for 2 days, and I at a tiny bit off of plan going to restaurants with no great choices, etc….
  • Week 18, Tuesday, 6/16/15, ???….on a short trip to Vegas and did not weigh myself.

Let me pause here and state that I consciously ate off plan on my trip.  I decided that after 18 weeks I “deserved” to be a little looser.  A spring break in-between semesters kind of thing.  So I enjoyed myself.

  • Week 19, Tuesday, 6/22/15, 233.4….not bad considering I had a week off, and started eating back on plan on Monday, 6/21 (I didn’t weigh myself because I wanted to have one “good” day under my belt before my weigh in.  I thought it would be more like 235, so I was pleasantly surprised by 233.4.

So Week 20 is tomorrow.  As of Sunday I weighed 226.0…..so overall I think it was a great decision to relax for one week.  After all, that is what the future and maintenance will be about…..enjoying and then reigning it back in.

Another thing I want to state is on Tuesday, 6/9 I met with my family doctor, and we decided I would just stop taking the appetite suppressant (whatever it was called) cold turkey.  She said if I didn’t really notice it helping, then it probably wasn’t, and there was no need to taper off.

Well, that week I was hungry as hell, but stayed on plan (just ate more calories), then went on vacation and ate whatever.  Now that I’m back on plan this week I’m managing the plan and hunger fine.  So I think going off of the appetite suppressant was the right decision, and then sort of shocking my body by eating whatever on vacation actually helped my cause.

So that is the update!  I will try to remember to pop on tomorrow and give the official Week 20 numbers.

Yay!

Two other thoughts

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One………..

I plan on keeping Tuesdays as my official weigh-in day.  Official where I report it to all of you here on the interwebs.  My stalkers.

Two…………..

Instead of buying the expensive 100-calorie packs of almonds I decided to buy a large bag of 32 ounces for $9.99 and baggie all of them up myself.  With the nutrition label set for 30g (or 1/4 cup) at 170 calories, I did about two thousand snack baggies of 15g each, or 85 calories.  Took probably 30-45 minutes.  Don’t know how much money I actually saved, You have to figure time, as well as cost of baggies.  Probably not much.  One thing I know for sure…..it takes some emotional strength to measure out two thousand baggies of almonds at 15g each.  Or insanity.

Week 15 Check-In

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Date: 5/26/15

Loss(-)/Gain(+):  -4.5 lbs

Current Weight:  229.5 lbs


So this was my last weigh-in at the Medi-Weightloss Clinic of Deerfield, Illinois, before they close their doors on 5/31.  According to their scale I weighed 228.8, but I’m converting my “official” numbers to be off of my own scale, a Fitbit Wi-fi scale.

I have decided to go it alone, with periodic visits to my family doctor.  I need to change my appointment so that I see her before my phentermine pills run out (I have 3 weeks worth left).  If she doesn’t want me on the pills, fine, but then I need to understand from her how to taper off properly.  I also want to understand from her what her opinion is on B1/B6/B12 shots….which I received B1/B6 shots once per week and B12 twice per week.  I have no idea if the shots helped, or what they were to help…..

Here are my stats:

Starting Weight Current Weight Goal Weight Weeks on Plan Total Lost Weekly Avg Monthly Avg Pounds to Goal
282 229.5 175 15 52.5 3.5 15.155 54.5

I certainly do not think I will lose 3.5 pounds per week average the entire time.  I expect it to slow down.  If I lose an average of 2.5 pounds per week I will hit my goal by my mom’s birthday, 10/25.

OK, laundry is calling.  More soon.  🙂

Week 14 Check-In

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Date: 5/19/15

Loss(-)/Gain(+):  -6.0 lbs

Current Weight:  234.0 lbs


Good news today, and also bad news.

Six pounds lost, which is great!  Spent the entire week under 30 carbs per day (total carbs), which means I had almost no veggies.

Unfortunately, the Medi-Weightloss Clinic of Deerfield, IL is closing it’s doors at the end of next week.  So I will have one week left with them.  It’s a well-established weight loss method on the east coast, but has very few locations in the midwest, and this franchisee couldn’t make it work.  They are refunding everyone whatever their balance is, but I bought the 16 appointment package (the largest package with the most “deal”) and next week will be my 16th appointment.

I feel really bad for the people who work there.  They are all very sad, and they are all very sad for all of the patients.

So what am I going to do?  Well, I have an idea in mind.  I think I’m just going to work with my internist to get the appetite suppressant, and probably have to have somewhat regular visits with her.  And then do it on my own.  I can check my blood pressure here at the house.  I have a nice scale (the Fitbit wi-fi one).  i have my dad, my friend Kim, and all of you to check in with as far as my weekly numbers.  And I can still order medi-weightloss products (should I choose to) as well as the other products I use (Bari-wise and WonderSlim off of Dietdirect.com).

More to come, but that is my initial thought.

Week 13 Check-In (a couple of days late)

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Date: 5/12/15

Loss(-)/Gain(+):  +1.4 lbs

Current Weight:  240.0 lbs


Well, I’m 2 days passed being pissed.  Other than the gum, which I’ve written about and threw away last Thursday night, I stayed ON PLAN.  Or what I knew the plan to be for myself.

In 2012 I was losing a huge amount of weight, and I figured I was in ketosis when I was 50 total carbs or under per day.  Well, apparently I was not in ketosis.  Or being 3 years younger made a difference.  Or who the hell knows what.

The ladies at the clinic and I just can’t figure out how I gained, because even with a calorie deficit, taking account of BMR, I should STILL be losing, and NOT gaining for the last 3 weeks.  So all we can figure is my carbs are too high, and my hunger is more, so I eat more protein calories overall, and then because I’m not in ketosis the body is storing the “extra calories” (which, I remind you is STILL a DEFICIT).

Disgusted.

So the plan for this week is to be under 30 total carbs each day.  I haven’t eaten vegetables since Monday night.  I just peed on the stick and I’m in ketosis, so perhaps I will have some veggies tomorrow, but I’m thinking I may do a lot of days without veggies at all if I have to stay so low just to be in ketosis.

I know that’s not terribly healthy, but let’s face it, I didn’t gain all the weight by eating vegetables/fruits…..so if I have to go a few months with very few vegetables/no fruit, well, oh well.  Short term stress on the body for long term benefits.  I’ll eat vegetables and fruits when I get to my goal.

This is just damn difficult.  And yet, I’m so blessed to work from home so I’m not forced to have potlucks and whatnot in my face every day.

So that’s the scoop.  Not terribly positive, but onward we go.