Weight Gain

Apocalypse and Moving

December 21, 2012

Worst… apocalypse… ever…

Let’s move on to other info.

So, it’s been almost a month since I posted. The last thing I talked about was Moon Pie’s Two Month Update. His Three Month Update is tomorrow.

Where the heck have I been?

I’ve been doing four things.

1. Recovering from a fairly nasty stomach virus.
2. Recovering from a fairly mild head cold. (My wife also has it, but apparently, mine must be worse because men are huge whiners.)
3. Horribly falling off of the Weight Watchers “diet.”
4. Moving into a new house.

On November 29th, my wife and I closed on our new home. We are in the process of getting our old house ready to be sold, and we’ve moved ALMOST everything we own into this new house. Obviously, we are not done.

I am a pre-Thanksgiving Christmas decorator. That’s just what I do. The weekend before Thanksgiving, the tree goes up.

Except this year. We finished putting decorations on it yesterday. So basically, from my perspective, the Christmas season just started.

The part of this list I am most upset with myself about is #3.

In the midst of moving, I have completely let my healthy eating and activity plan go off track.

I haven’t REALLY exercised (beyond moving furniture) since November. We ate a LOT of fast food. I haven’t stepped foot on a scale, but I know I’ve gained.

I’m expecting upwards of twenty pounds gain, honestly. At least.

Unacceptable, but it happened, and I’m not beating myself up over it any more than I already have. It’s just time to get back on the bandwagon.

Old Jeremy would have waited until January 1st. Not this Jeremy. He’s going back to Weight Watchers tomorrow.

It is what it is. I’m SORELY tempted to hit it hard, stay in hiding, and come back out in January with a new set of resolutions and alleged transparency. But that’s not who I am anymore. This blog is supposed to show me, warts and all, and hiding won’t do it.

I weighed in the 360s last time I was at Weight Watchers. Tomorrow, when I go into my meeting, I’ll get my new WW360 weigh-in booklet, I suspect I’ll weigh in in the 380s, and I’ll post a picture on this blog. Every week, I’ll post my WW results.

I am capable of doing so much more than I am doing. No more platitudes. Just time.

And no more moving, either. Moving really does suck.

New houses are cool, though.

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Wishing Weigh-In

I wish I could say that this week’s weigh-in was awesome.

I wish I could rub my magic genie lamp and fix everything.

I can’t.

March 12, 2012
Weight: 374.4
Change from Last Week: +4.3 pounds
Change from All-Time Highest: -28.4 pounds

I can’t.

I know why I gained weight this week. I will do the opposite of what I did this week to lose it.

As you may know if you read my last post, my wife and I are having a baby. We just finished our first trimester, and this is the week that we officially told everyone other than our parents.

As a result, we did a LOT of celebrating this week as we went out with various friends to enjoy our good news.

And unfortunately, I still don’t know how to celebrate without eating food.

In the past week, I have had sushi, Italian, pizza, and a Chinese buffet. (And yes, I do realize that some of my weight gain IS water retention. I truly didn’t eat 14,000 extra calories this week.)

Oh, I’ve still been exercising.

However, it is VERY easy to outeat any level of exercise. In fifteen minutes, I could outeat a Biggest Loser-style workout. And I know this.

I know everything I did wrong.

I’m not making excuses. I’m not looking for answers.

I do fear my self-sabotage.

For those of you who are close to me (and even if you aren’t but are willing), I ask a favor.

If I don’t post a loss next week, call me on it.

I know what to do.

I’m going to do it.

After all, it’s not just me anymore. I’m going to be a dad. I have to live a long life to take care of my little one.

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A We Don’t Need Roads Weigh-In

Back to the Future ref? Get it.

Well, I’ll explain it in a minute. If you read my post yesterday, you know what this is about. I gained weight. Here’s the info. Let me explain what this means.

March 1, 2012
Weight: 371.3
Change from Last Week: +2.5 pounds
Change from Highest: -31.5 pounds

I have had very slow weight loss pretty much all year. The weight has been moving off, but very slowly. It’s ridiculous. I had blood work done some time ago, and I know, without fail, that there is nothing wrong. I had some thyroid problems a while ago, but my T3s and T4s, along with some other markers, are fine.

So what’s the freaking deal? I can only assume it is me.

I tried to go a whole week without weighing in this week. I often weigh in every day, just so I know how my weight is going. Weight fluctuates a bit daily, and I know this, but from Monday of this week on, it began slowly creeping up.

I’ve been on Weight Watchers Points Plus. I have a daily target of 71 points, 49 weekly extra points, and all the fruit I can eat. Seriously. Free fruit. I love fruit. Awesome.

When Weight Watchers revamped their program, their entire point structure changed. Points are no longer tied to calories, but instead are based around carbohydrates, protein, fiber, and fat. However… as much as I hate to admit it, I’ve simply been eating too much.

71 points a day, along with 49 weekly points, and unlimited amounts of fruit, simply works out to too many calories. I have to eat less.

Big idea, right? Eating less to lose weight. Who would have ever thought of that?

When I got down to 250ish a few years ago, I did it by following Weight Watchers. The old Weight Watchers. Flex points, to be precise.

On this new (old) method, I will have 34 daily points (until I get below 350, and then my points drop to 33) and 35 weekly flex points.

Today was Day One back on Flex.

I’ll be honest – I have eaten significantly less today than yesterday. Even though my stomach is a bit grumbly at the moment (I’m about to eat two small Clementines for 1 point), I must also concede that it feels right. It feels familiar, even if I haven’t been on this specific plan for a few years.

I’ll weigh daily this week, just to keep tabs, but I’m very hopeful. I hope I have a decent loss this week. And it doesn’t have to be huge for me to be happy. I’ll do a happy dance over two pounds.

I feel even better after making my decision once I realized that I am not the only person unhappy with PointsPlus. I know FlexPoints, I did it religiously for a year and a half and lost over 150 pounds, and I can do it again. I will do it again.

Stay tuned. I hope to post a decent number next week.

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An Open Letter from my Muse to Myself #3

Dear Jeremy,

Okay, let’s do this fast.

You weigh every day. There’s nothing wrong with that, if you can keep the number from getting in your head.

You lost 0.4 pounds over the weekend. You’ve stagnated for two mornings. And this morning, your weight was up 0.6 pounds.

Did you do anything wrong yesterday?


Would you be doing something wrong if you decide to go ahead and take a “diet break” and just restart Friday.

Yes! That would be a terrible, terrible decision.

You can undo a week of dieting with one meal. Unfortunately, losing weight requires a ridiculous amount of diligence. Don’t let it beat you down. Just know that it does require continual hard work, and it always will. No use sugar coating it.

You say you are in this for the long haul, so there it is. Laid out on the table.

You may do everything right and still gain weight some weeks. It’s not the end of the world if you do.

It might be the end of your world if you stay obese. Keep plugging along, no matter how slow it goes. If you gain for three weeks in a row while doing everything right, then we’ll re-examine.

For now, just stay the course.

Things are fine.

Chill the heck out. You got this.


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A New Year’s Day Weigh-In

I did not lose weight in December. I wish I could say otherwise, but I cannot. I’m not upset or surprised, and frankly, I’m pleased that I did as little damage as I did over the holidays and a trip to Las Vegas!

January 1, 2012
Weight: 376.4
Change from Highest: -26.4 pounds

In early December, I said that I was going to take $100 and donate to charity. If I made 369, it would be a charity of my choice. If I did not, it would be a charity of your choice (except for PETA or a PETA-affiliated terrorist organization, such as ALF).

Clearly, you get to pick the charity that I donate to.

The sky is ALMOST the limit. Again, I will not donate to an organization that I feel is terroristic in practice. PETA fits this category. (Please note: this is not my opinion. There is plenty of public record that shows the ties PETA has with the Animal Liberation Front, among others.)

So, tell me where I’m going to give my money.

The charity I would have given my money to is the Elephant Sanctuary, a nonprofit in Tennessee that rehabilitates and houses former Circus elephants.

Please leave a comment on this post, telling me what organization(s) you want me to give this $100 to. I may not have made my goal, but some worthwhile organization out there is still going to benefit. I will close comments on Thursday night (January 5, 2012) at 10 p.m. Central time, and at my regular Friday weigh-in on January 6th, I’ll post a voting poll so you can decide. Whoever is in the lead on January 12th at 10 p.m. Central time is who will get the money. If no one leaves a comment, I’ll give the money to the Elephant Sanctuary.

It doesn’t matter how big or small the organization is. It doesn’t matter if the organization is aligned with my political or personal views (again, except for PETA). Just let me know where my money should go, and that’s where it may go, depending upon the voting outcome!

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