Thoughts on Weeks 31, 32, and 33

Life was busy these past few weeks. The kids and I had a lot going on, laying a new floor in the trailer and going to court for an accident my son got in (did you know that in Georgia you can go to jail for twelve months for a speeding ticket?). I had a terrible infection in one of my teeth for a couple of weeks (didn’t stop me from eating…what’s up with that?) and was on pain pills for a week or so that always makes me totally lazy.

So here I am 33 weeks into my experiment and I’m only down 11 pounds from my starting weight. It would be depressing if I cared more about it.

And that’s probably my problem. I just don’t care all that much. It is possible to lose weight, but it takes such a huge commitment of time and money. I just can’t sustain it. I see this pattern over the last twelve years, since I quit smoking and decided to exercise and diet and lose weight. I do great for the first twelve weeks and then something comes along, a life issue, a death, a hospitalization, a vacation…something that knocks me off my routine.

And that screws me up.

So I have a new plan.

It’s a new year and I’ve been overeating for the last two months. So I’m going to push to eat right and exercise for the next eight weeks (this week is a transition week, in which I dig out the exercise bike that is buried in the spare room) and then I’m going to reset this experiment and try to run this in twelve week sections. We’ll see.

For now, I’m going to try to take off 16 pounds by February 26.

That’s the end of the forty weeks. I wanted to be 180 by then. I’ll settle for 193. I’ll also settle for 202, if I have to (which would be one pound a week loss from this point to that point), because I want to get moving in the right direction again.

So I’m off the coffee and back on the green tea, and I’m planning on fasting one day a week, and keeping my calories to under 10,000 a week, and exercising on the bike for a half an hour a day, before I eat.

I’m writing in the afternoons and I will have hot chocolate with coffee for that, if I want.

I’m not cutting any food completely, but I’m going to try to cut back on the starches and the sugars and put in more proteins.

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Calories for weeks of 12/11, 12/18, and 12/25

Calories:

  • for three weeks my calories were 38,085
That’s an average of 12,695 per week. Three weeks in a row. And no exercise.

Weight:

  • ending weight 209
  • That’s a 5 pound gain 

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Thoughts on weeks 29 and 30

I said last time that I would have no sweet coffee and I wouldn’t eat until I exercised. Um…not happening. I didn’t exercise once and I did have coffee with hot chocolate and almond milk several times. So…. I’m not making new plans right now. I’m really, really busy and I’m having a hard time caring about what I eat and how much I exercise. So I’m going to take a couple of weeks off and I’ll start again in the new year. I’ll still keep track of what I’m eating at Lose It! Beyond that, I’m not going to sweat it. And we shall regroup in January.

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Calories and Exercise Update ~ Week 12/04 and 12/11

Calories:

  • for two weeks my calories were 21,574

Weight:

  • ending weight 204
  • That’s a 4 pound loss for the two weeks

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Thoughts on Weeks 27 and 28

I dropped out of the “Give Yourself a Gift” challenge, because I wasn’t doing anyone any good by posting my link over there each week. And I wasn’t doing myself any good either.

It’s time to take another look at this mess and reconsider.

I haven’t kept up with the writing or the weight loss.

And I’m back on the gaining trend now. So I have to get a new start next week. I have to take it back to the basics.

10,000 calories. Twenty minutes a day on the exercise bike, six days a week. I won’t eat until I ride the bike every morning. Lots of water. Lots of protein. No sweet coffee.

I have twelve weeks left in this experiment. It’s a dismal failure so far. But I shall keep going all the same.

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Calories and Exercise Update ~ Week 11/27

Calories:

  • Sunday                1920
  • Monday            1465
  • Tuesday              1700
  • Wednesday        1962
  • Thursday            1730
  • Friday                  2630
  • Saturday             1641

Exercise:

  • 0

Weight:

  • Sunday               206
  • Monday              206
  • Tuesday              206
  • Wednesday        206
  • Thursday            206
  • Friday                 206
  • Saturday             208

Weekly Totals:

  • calories          13048 +3048
  • exercise         0
  • weight           208  +2

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Calories and Exercise Update ~ Week 11/20

Calories:

  • Sunday                1210
  • Monday             967
  • Tuesday              1897
  • Wednesday         1209
  • Thursday            1817
  • Friday                  2275
  • Saturday             1670

Exercise:

  • 0

Weight:

  • Sunday               206
  • Monday              206
  • Tuesday              206
  • Wednesday        206
  • Thursday            206
  • Friday                 206
  • Saturday             206

Weekly Totals:

  • calories          11045 +1045
  • exercise         0
  • weight           206  +0

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