Weigh-in for September 29, 2007: Oh so close!

Current weight: 316.5
Difference from last entry: -3
Difference from 2007 starting weight (335.5): -19

What a fun week! It’s been kind of exciting, because I knew that I was doing well. I knew that I was sticking to my plan, so I knew that I would be losing weight. And I knew that this was because of my conscious effort to change my behaviors. I’ve gotta tell you, after all these years of re-gaining weight, losing again – and losing by working at it – feels great. It feels like a major accomplishment! And while this may sound a little vain, I’ll say it anyway: I’ve done a great job so far!

I am almost down 20 pounds from the start of the year. And every time I pick up a 10-lb bag of flour to test our scale, I realize just how much weight that is! I am still obese, but I weigh a hell of a lot less now than I did in January. I am making progress, and I am doing it the right way: slowly, carefully, and by changing my habits, not by going on some fad diet that I’d never be able to stick to.

I’ve done a few things this week that I need to make a permanent part of my life. First of all, I’ve been getting in a little more exercise. Twice this week, when I got home from work, C and I changed into comfy clothes and went for a walk to a local park. C loves to get out and play; he doesn’t even realize that we are exercising. My body notices it, though, and relishes it. I’ve been too sedentary for far too long. My body is letting me know that I need to get up and get moving.

I have also greatly reduced my trips to fast-food restaurants. This has always been one of my major challenges, especially in the morning. I love to have breakfast out, to eat it at my desk. The bad thing is: there are very few fast-food places that make healthy breakfasts. Any that do serve things like yogurt and granola, or oatmeal, or fruit plates. This is all stuff I can easily make/bring from home. And so I do! It’s been a while since I’ve stopped for breakfast in the morning. And I am getting used to it quite rapidly.

One thing that has helped amazingly is our new espresso machine. I think I mentioned that I splurged on bought us a Breville Cafe Roma. It’s been fantastic. I can make damned good lattes in the morning, now, so there’s no need for me to stop at one of the local coffee shops. And when I don’t stop there, the temptation to either grab a super-sweet, calorie packed snack or to stop at a fast-food restaurant is greatly reduced.

Now this isn’t to say that I’ll never eat out for breakfast. Every now and then I will, to indulge a craving, or just to add some variety. But my key goal is to not do so regularly. and definitely nowhere near as often as I was. I can see the difference that makes in both my waistline and my wallet. Those’re both good reasons to stop, or at least cut down rapidly.

All in all, this has been a great week. I’m looking forward to more to come!

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