25 Pounds Down!

Just a quickie celebration post today.

At WW@WKU, I weighed in at 408.8, which is 25.2 pounds down from my highest!

March 20, 2017

Today’s Weight: 408.8

Change from Highest: –25.2 pounds

This is the longest stretch of weight loss I have had since my last successful bout in Weight Watchers in 2004.  I am beyond thrilled!  I have nowhere to go but down, and I’m confident I’ll take this all the way to the end.

Heck, my goal is to eventually be a WW leader.  Goodness knows the meeting room could use some more men (no offense to the amazing female leaders out there, of course).

I even got my 25 pound charm today.  Woo hoo!

Can I possibly lose 4.8 this week and hit 30 pounds next week?  Probably not, but that’s doesn’t mean I won’t try!

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Weight Watchers, Seven Weeks In

I had my first weigh-in at Weight Watchers at work on January 31st, where I weighed 434.0 pounds.  That was my highest weight ever.  I felt terrible.  I ached; I hurt; I didn’t like the way I looked.  My body was in pain.  At my weight, I’m basically carrying an extra 250 pounds more than I should be. 

In the last six weeks, I have lost 21.8 pounds.  That’s an average of a little 3 pounds a week.

I’m attaching this photo, just because I think we need to have visual representations of our weight loss.  This first photo isn’t great; it’s actually a screen shot, which is why I look like a little, uhm, weird.  Next to it is a photo I took this morning, at my current weight of 412.2. 

jan to march 2017

(Quick note: 1st photo weirdness – video screencap.  2nd photo weirdness – I hate selfies.  I really do.  I’d much rather have a candid, unplanned photo of me that someone else took.)

Smile aside, I can see some differences in those photos.  This isn’t a great comparison shot; I have a different stance in each picture, so I naturally look a little more broad in the first picture than I do in the second.  But I do think I look a little slimmer in the face.

For what it’s worth, I do have a nice, proper front shot of me at my highest.  However, it is me without a shirt, and while that photo will someday see the light of day, that day is not today. 

I’m not a selfie person.  I just don’t feel a need to take pictures of myself on a regular basis.  Maybe it’s because I’m fat, maybe it’s because I think it’s just a little arrogant – I don’t know.  But I will try to take pictures somewhat regularly to highlight my progress.

I feel REALLY good about this.  I feel like I’m finally going to make it to the finish line.  These past seven weeks have shown me more weight loss than I’ve experienced in YEARS (literally, almost ten years at this point).  I feel like it has finally clicked.  I have said “I’ve got this” tons of times without meaning it, but this time, I’ve got this.

My current Weight Watchers at work cycle ends in the middle of April.  We have about five weeks left.  I won’t be quitting Weight Watchers between the spring and summer sessions, though.  I’ll either do it on my own or pay the fee and go to my local WW center. 

I have two goals, one of which is fairly achievable and the other of which would be a beating.  I’m going to try and hit both.

My first goal: I want to be in the 300s (read: at least 399.8) when WW@WKU ends in a few weeks.  This is a weight loss of 2.5 pounds a week, which is very achievable.

My second goal (the crazy hard one): I want to hit 10% when WW@WKU ends in a few weeks.  This will be a weight loss of 43.4 pounds, which will put me at 390.6.  That’s huge; that will require a weight loss of OVER four pounds a week.  This isn’t impossible, but it’s not a WW approved amount of weight loss.  However, it is possible, especially at my weight.

I’ve actually lost over 4 pounds every week I’ve weighed in except for two.  One week I gained 0.6 pounds, and this week I only lost 0.8 pounds.  The other weeks have all been over four pounds.

I’ll not beat myself up if I don’t hit either goal, but I’m giving myself a stretch goal to see if it can be done.

I’ll try to update my progress here weekly.

Feel free to email, comment, or follow me on Instagram at therangerproject, where I am much more active than I am here.

Weight Watchers at WKU, Weeks 1-3

One of the great job perks at WKU, my place of employment, is that we are given free access to Weight Watchers.  WKU offers three 12-week series of WW a year, one for spring, summer, and fall semesters, and so long as we attend at least 9 of 12 meetings, we pay nothing.  It’s a pretty sweet deal, and I am taking advantage of it.

I’ll be honest; I’ve done WW at WKU before and just piddled my way through, up and down and not really making much progress.

However, I have started again this spring, and for whatever reason, this time, it is sticking.

I weighed in at my absolute highest weight ever on January 30th at 434.0 pounds

January 30, 2017 – 434.0

But then… I stuck the program, I got a nice journal to track in, and… I’m losing weight!  And while it is a little tough, it’s not impossibly difficult.

February 6, 2017 – 424.8 (loss of 9.2 pounds)

February 13, 2017 – 421.2 (loss of 3.6 in one week, total of 12.8 pounds)

I obviously do not expect to have a loss like that again this week, but I’d be beyond thrilled to lose two pounds a week.  And I feel good about it.

I’m exercising, although I’m admittedly going very light.  It’s funny; I can look back at how much more physically fit and active I used to be, but I just lost it.  Rather than bemoan that fact, I’m starting super slow.  I do about 20 minutes on the treadmill every night.  It feels almost embarrassing to admit that, especially when I used to be able to do so much more, but that’s where I’m at.  I’m slowly upping my speed, and I’m about to increase my duration as well.

I’m still on my quest to become a Power Ranger.

I’d encourage you to follow me on Instagram, as I’m a much more frequent Instagrammer than blogger, but I will try to stop in here every few weeks and track my progress toward becoming a Power Ranger.

It’s almost Christmas Weigh-in! #002

Just a real quick post today.

We’ve been celebrating Christmas.  We’ve been going from house to house.  We bought a new car this week.  We have been WAY out of our routine.

But we still weighed in and did our best.

Jeremy’s Weigh-In

Last Week: 424.6

Today’s Weight: 423.2

Change from Last Week –1.4 pounds

Change from All-Time Highest: –6.8 pounds

 

Tina’s Weigh-In

Last Week: 246.0

Today’s Weight: 245.0

Change from Last Week: –1.0 pounds

Change from All-Time Highest: –7.0 pounds

I’m gonna beat her this week.

A Husband and Wife Weigh-In #001

Tina and I both need to lose weight.  We’ve talked about waiting until after Christmas and New Years, but we’ve also both agreed that this is a bad decision.  Even if we just maintain for the last two weeks of 2016, that’s better than just waiting until 2017 and gaining weight over the holidays.

2016 has been a rough year, in a lot of ways.  I’m glad it’s almost over, but I want to do my best to at least not gain more weight in the next two weeks.  And losing a little will be even better.

We’re going to start weighing in here every Friday.  I hope to blog here periodically, but we’ll see.  I’ve never been a terribly consistent blogger.

In any event, here are our weights for December 16, 2016.

Jeremy’s Weigh-in

Highest Weight: 430.0

Today’s Weight: 424.6

Change from All-Time Highest: –5.4 pounds

 

Tina’s Weigh-in

Highest Weight: 252.0

Today’s Weight: 246.0

Change from All-Time Highest: –6.0 pounds

We hope to blog about some healthy recipes, our weight loss efforts, how we’re exercising, and other things about how our family is trying to be healthier.  We’re also blogging about our homeschooling efforts at wherearemypantsblog.com if you’re interested in following us over there.

I’ll share in upcoming days how we’ll be losing weight (quick story: calories in, calories out).

Dissertation Done-Ish Weigh-In

I am a fairly inconsistent blogger.  I’m not sure of my brand.  I know what I want it to be.  Weight loss coupled with pop culture.  So, that’s what I’m going to try to do.

Fridays are going to be specifically for weight loss.  I like weighing in on Friday, so here it is.

Just a quickie post.  Oh, and as for the title… I’m done-ish with my dissertation.  My defense is scheduled for June 20th, but for now, my full dissertation is with my committee (and has been for a week), so I am just awaiting potential revisions.  Before long, I will be a doctor! (Ed.D., not MD.)

June 10, 2016

Weight: 416.4

Change from All-Time Highest: –13.6 pounds

My plan for the day is to work out with a little Power Rangers on the treadmill later and then relax.

An Uneventful Weigh-in

This week’s weigh-in covered a pretty short window, as I weighed in for the first time on Friday.  For the most part, I plan to only weigh in on Fridays.  I did simple calorie counting this week.  I’m going to switch to SmartPoints next week.

So, how did I do, first week on the new Ranger Project?

March 4, 2016

Weight: 416.4

Change from Last Week: –2.6 pounds

Change from Highest: –13.6 pounds

Woo hoo!  I will happily take it!

I’m afraid I don’t have anything clever to share today.  I’m posting this late; today was a rather exhausting day.  Not a bad day, mind you, but a long one.  On the plus side, I did get to meet Kentucky’s Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton at a meeting today, so that was interesting.

Whoops – I ate too much at snack time…

Tina and I are both doing the Fit Girl diet, Tina by the book and me slightly modifying it by incorporating more calories.  Tina is eating 1450 calories a day; since I’m a guy, I add about 500 extra calories.

Well, I messed up.  Willpower weakened this afternoon at work, and my eating plans for the day derailed.

Fortunately, they did not derail so much that they cannot be overcorrected.  Rather than eat one 140 calorie bag of chips, I ate three.

Ahem.  That’s too many.  So, I’m making up for that by eliminating the extra serving of protein I eat at dinner.

Is this the healthiest decision I could have made today?  Not by a long shot.  But I stuck to my diet.  Lose the battle, win the war.  That’s what I’m going for here.  And in strict calorie terms, I still won this battle.

Breakfast – frozen homemade ham and cheese burrito

Lunch – Almond butter and jelly sandwich, bag of chips

Mid-afternoon – 2 more bags of chips

Dinner – pumpkin lasagna rolls, apple

After-dinner snack – 1 hard-boiled egg, 60 calorie square of dark chocolate

We got this.

Oh, and the best part?  I lost seven pounds last week.

November 2, 2015

Weight: 416

Change from Last Week: –7.0 pounds

Change from All-Time Highest: –14.0 pounds

I feel like my week could have been better had I not splurged too much on my extra food at dinner.  I’m going to do my best to do better this week.