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Post San-Diego Weigh-In

Today isn’t a real weigh-in. I’m just going to report how I did after San Diego.

Pre-San Diego: 360.4
Immediately After Arriving Home, Post-Flight: 372.8 (AAAH!)
Two Days Later: 359.6

What am I taking from this? I retained a LOT of fluid, especially in that last day of air travel, and after two days back home and eating well, my weight dropped. So I’d say I may have slightly lost weight in San Diego, or at worst, I maintained. I’m counting this one as a victory.

As I mentioned on Sunday, I am going to Weight Watchers with my mother starting on Saturday. Those Saturday weigh-ins will be reported on Wednesday, so next Wednesday, I’m going to call it Week One. Just a straight forward numbers game with a vlog.

I am still debating as to whether or not I am going to follow Weight Watchers. I had a little lesson today that showed me I MUST stick to strict paleo for my joints to be happy. Tina went out to eat with her mom, and she brought me a quarter of a club sandwich on potato bread. Well, even potato bread has wheat in it, but I justified myself in eating it.

Two hours later, I am noticeably hobbling around the house. I couldn’t believe how quickly it affected me, but again, Dr. Google showed me that for some people, eating grains causes an almost immediate reaction (some within minutes).

Wheat is an out. Paleo is the way for me to eat now. I hope I can someday eat bread again, but the foreseeable future, it is not a good option for me. No grains. No dairy. No legumes. That’s just the way it is for me and my body at the moment. Maybe even forever. Oh, and the corn I had on Monday night (that I blogged about on Tuesday)? I was hobbling bad Tuesday morning. No corn, either.

Fortunately, there are some amazing paleo recipes out there. I’ve even found some for “bread” that are actually clean recipes.

So, my point? I swear I had one.

I probably am only going to do Weight Watchers for the meetings and public weigh-ins. I’m not going to do eTools. I’m just going to eat my paleo foods and count my calories.

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A Well-Oiled Machine Weigh-In

Let me first share with you a fun little tip I just discovered. Don’t go to Google Images and search for well-oiled machine without expecting a LOT of interesting images turn up. Hoo boy. However, I did find a suitable image for this blog post, and here it is.

So why is this a Well-Oiled Machine Weigh-In?

Because that’s what I am right now. I’m a well-oiled machine. I’m doing what works, I’m counting my points, I’m working out like a fiend, and I am making progress! And that’s going to be even more important in the next six weeks, which I’ll explain in just a moment.

May 10, 2011
Last Week’s Weight: 359.8
Today’s Weight: 357.7
Change from All-Time High: -45.1 pounds
Change from Last Week: -2.1 pounds

I lost 2.1 pounds! Woo hoo! Nothing new, really. I just counted all of my points, stayed away from my trigger foods, and I hit the gym daily. Okay, that’s not entirely true. One day’s workout consisted of an hour and a half of sweat-drenched work out in our new garden (post on that coming soon), but I’m considering that a good workout.

Anyway, I have my routine down finally, and I just hope that sticking to this will keep the pounds coming off. I’ll happily and joyfully take two pounds a week. After all, that’s 104 pounds in a year.

So why is it now especially important that I have my routine?

I’m starting work on my second Master’s Degree!

I’ve shared here many times before that I work at WKU, my alma mater. One of the perks of being an employee of WKU is that you get 18 hours of free tuition every year, six in the spring, six in the summer, and six in the fall. For someone like me who ADORES school, that’s a dream come true. I can’t believe I waited until now, ¾ of the way through my first year to begin.

I desperately want to start work on my doctoral degree, but for as badly as I want to do that, I can tell that now is not the right time. For one thing, the doctoral degree I want (the one that will advance my career) is not available here at WKU but would require a 90 minute commute to the University of Louisville on at least once a week (and probably two days a week at some points during my coursework). The commute doesn’t scare me. Lots of people here in Bowling Green commute to Louisville to work on their doctorate while maintaining a full time job at WKU. It can be done.

However, I’m just not in the right place for that at the moment, and I have three reasons.

The first is financial. Tina and I are still newlyweds. She’s graduating on Saturday. Frankly, we’re kinda poor. While there would be a tuition break for going to an in-state school, I can’t afford tuition OR the commute at the moment. And I’m not sure my car would like it, either. (In fact, our next big purchase is going to be a new car, because my 2002 Mustang with 194,000 miles would like to retire.)

The second is family related. Tina and I want to have babies in the foreseeable future. I don’t want to spend a lot of their infancy and toddlerhood working on my doctorate. While I know a Master’s is a lot of work, too, I can only imagine how much more a doctorate is. Plus, since I would be doing my doctorate part time, it would take even longer. Right now, I picture me starting a doctorate when our yet-to-be-born kid is around 4 or so. Maybe not; I don’t know. I might wait ‘til they are teenagers. Who knows? I just know that the time is not right at this particular moment.

The third is health related. Other than a slight case of morbid obesity, my health is fine, but I want to get this obesity under control. I’ve got several years of hard work ahead of me in losing weight. I don’t want to have to fight to lose my weight while doing 700-level coursework. Plus, and this may be a pipe dream, but I want to be crazy fit, like six-pack ab fit, when I become Dr. Logsdon.

Welcome to College Literacy, freshmen. Has anyone seen my shirt?

I’m basing a lot of my decisions on the fact that there will be a combined three hour commute for every day I had to go to Louisville’s campus, as well as the added rigor of doctoral coursework. At the moment, I am not ready.

But as I said, I am ready to start back to school, so I’ve decided to at least get a leg up by working on my second Master’s. My first is in Secondary Education (which is funny, as I no longer teach high school. However, I do teach college freshman, and really, they aren’t that much different). My next Master’s will be in Library Media and Educational Technology.

I’m in a fantastic position to grow my career and vita now with Master’s coursework and career experiences, so that when I do begin my doctoral work (in the next five to seven years, I hope), I’ll be physically fit and ready to impress the academic world with my amazing dissertation on the use of popular culture to help teach literacy.


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A Beware of Food Weigh-In

I had a great week eating and exercising, and the scale showed it this week.

May 3, 2011
Last Week’s Weight: 361.6
Today’s Weight: 359.8
Change from All-Time High: -43.0 pounds
Change from Last Week: -1.8 pounds

This is going to be a quick post. I’ll post more about my ongoing experience on the Paleo diet later this week (in a quick nutshell, it’s going better, but I still miss cheese), but I want to explain the name of this weigh-in.

So why is this a Beware of Food Weigh-In?

I didn’t have too splurgy of a week this week. I stuck to my plan and the results showed. I’m eating paleo, I’m counting points, and I felt good. It felt great to be in the gym each time.

But I am always aware that my relationship with food is a tricky one. And I must acknowledge and accept… it is not worth it to binge.

I can spend one weekend eating too much… and I must then spend the next month making up for it.

I don’t know if it is my metabolism or what, but I can overeat, gain five plus pounds, and then it’ll take me more than a month to get the weight off, just to be back at ground zero… er, ground 360 pounds.

That isn’t worth it. No binge is worth losing a month of weight loss.

Let’s hope that next week will show another 1.8 pound loss. Keep on keeping on. That’s all I can do.

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April 1st Weigh In

First of all, let me quickly disclaim that this is NOT an April’s Fool’s prank. You can get those today at Google or Youtube.

This is something I’ve been thinking very hard about for the past week, and I’ve decided that yes, for the benefit of my own mental health, this is something that I need to do. I’m making this sound WAY more serious than it is, so I’ll just get right to the punchline.

For the next month, I am going to try intuitive eating.

I will also not stand on the scale again until May 1st.

So what was my April 1st weight?

352.1.

Two pounds less than two weeks ago.

Twelve pounds less than the first of the year.

This is SLOW going. I know that. And since it is such slow going, that’s what ultimately led me to decide to try giving up the scale for a month. I live and die by the scale too much. It’s just a number. I need to celebrate the amazing things my body can do, regardless of weight.

Okay, so why the intuitive eating?

I have a disordered view of food. I personally think that every overweight person does. (With the exception of a truly tiny, tiny portion of people whose weight is 100% caused by a thyroid or hormonal issue.) I’m not being disparaging; I’m being honest. I know that if I had a healthy view of food, I would view it as fuel and nothing more.

I’ve come a LONG way in my views of food. I used to binge regularly. I binge far less often now.

I used to eat mindlessly at all times. I would put my food in my mouth while I was already chewing food. I would do “the sigh” to give myself more room to eat.

Sometimes, I still do these things. More often than I would like.

And when I’m on a healthy eating plan, I just shift my eating issues into a method that will allow me to lose weight. Counting every single calorie. Measuring every bite of food that goes into my mouth. I’ve even set timers before so I would know when my next meal would be, and I would eat it exactly then, not a minute sooner or later.

It’s just occurred to me lately how many of us in the weight loss world are obsessed with food.

For the next month, I’m going to try and start getting over my issues.

I’m not measuring my food with anything other than my eyes and stomach.

I’m concentrating on eating healthier, but I will not have a no-foods-allowed list.

When I’m full, I’ll stop eating. (I hope I know when I’m full.)

That’s it. Why these things? Doing a little research on my own has led me to realize that people with healthy attitudes toward food do these things.

Why am I not measuring food? Because it makes me obsess about it. God gave me a stomach that has triggers that will let me know when I’m full. I have to start listening to them.

Please understand that I do not expect this to be an easy thing for me. Thirty plus years of eating until my stomach was stuffed and distended will not disappear in a month. However, I do have to start somewhere, and this is where I am choosing to start.

Why am I not following a specific plan but am only concentrating on eating healthier? Because if I count calories or points or carbs or WHATEVER it is, I obsess over it. Instead, I am going to let that go and view food as fuel. The better the fuel is, the better my engine will run. Simple as that. I know plenty of thin people without eating disorders who can eat a cupcake without getting distressed over it. I can’t. Heck, I can’t even eat three bananas in a day without getting distressed over it. I need to stop letting food control me, and the primary way for me to do that is to remove its significance. One way for me to remove its significance is to stop thinking about it so much. It is fuel. Some of it tastes good. Some of it is good for me. Some of it, fortunately, is both. That’s all I’m focusing on.

When I’m full, I’ll stop eating.

Part of me automatically thinks, “But if you could do that, you never would have gotten over 400 pounds!”

Well, yes. That’s true. But I also recognize that the me yelling that in the dark recesses of my brain is the me that wants me to binge eat. I can do anything I want to do. I can LEARN to have a healthy, mental attitude toward food. It’s going to take a lot of work, but I really feel like this is the first step. I must learn to recognize my body’s responses to food.

I’m viewing this as the next logical step on my journey. Over the past five years or so, I’ve gone from someone who binged regularly to someone who binges only occasionally. I hope to eventually become someone who has a healthy relationship with food.

I see myself as someone who chooses to eat grilled chicken breast, steamed green beans, and a baked sweet potato because that is good, solid fuel for my body. I will not be that person who eats cupcakes every day. I will be the person who eats cupcakes on special occasions because they taste good. And doesn’t feel guilty about it.

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A Steady Downhill Jog Weigh-In

I’m calling this one a Steady Downhill Jog Weigh-In.

The info…

March 18, 2011
Last Week’s Weight: 355.1
Today’s Weight: 354.7
Change from All-Time High: -48.1 pounds
Change from Last Week: -0.4 pounds

First of all, yay! I don’t think I’ve ever been as happy to see a loss on the scale as I was this particular morning. I know, it’s not much, but I’ll explain why I’m totally okay with that in just a minute. But first… my measurements!

The last time I did them was on February 4th, when they looked like this:

Chest: 52 1/2″
Stomach: 60 3/4″
Bicep: 17 1/4″

And today?

Chest: 51 1/4″
Stomach: 58 1/4″
Bicep: 16 1/2″

I did a 5K last night in 50:22. I ran for FIVE minutes straight. Seriously, you don’t know how freaking huge that is for me! And this is why I’m pleased to show any loss on the scale at all today.

First of all, I’ve been counting my calories religiously. #7daychip is the greatest diet tool ever, in my opinion, but I’ll talk about that more in a different post as soon as I’ve officially earned it. (Currently on Day 5. Go me!)

However, as we all know, it is SO easy to mess up the scale with a water or salt imbalance problem. The true weight loss is still there, but it’s hard to see and for some of us who still stupidly live and die by the scale (*raises hand*), that can be frustrating. On Tuesday, I weighed in at 359.3 for PhysicsDiet. That number FREAKED me out. I promptly put the scale up until Friday. It clearly does not do me good to weigh in daily. Back to once a week, just for my mental health. Someday, I’m sure it won’t bother me, but for now, it does.

Anyway, last night after work (later after work), I went to the gym and did my 50:22 5K on the treadmill. I went straight from work, so I was completely without water during the 5K, and on top of that, I didn’t stay very hydrated yesterday at work. So as soon as I got home, my body cried out for water, and I drank half a gallon before bed. It’s just water. That’s good for me.

When I woke up this morning, I barely had to pee at all. Normally, if I drink that much immediately before bed, I’d be up to pee at least twice during the night. Not once, and barely any in the morning… My first thought as I got on the scale was, “Oh crap… Who knows what this number will be, because my hydration was all screwed up.” So when that 354.7 popped up, I did a happy dance. I may have only loss 0.4 pounds, but I may have lost even more and it just hasn’t shown up yet. Maybe I’ll post a HUGE number next week, who knows? But regardless, my inches show I’ve done pretty well in the past month and a half, so I’m pleased all the way around. No matter what, I am smaller now than I was in February. Woo hoo!

My first 5K (which I will do as a walk/jog combination) is coming up in a week. If you read my last post, I’ve decided to tackle the job of doing a 5K for every pound I’ve lost. I may have to eliminate a few of the ones I initially posted due strictly to financial matters, but I’m not dropping it and I’m still going to do as many as I possibly can. I’m going to keep an “upcoming races that I have already paid for” list in my sidebar, so if you’re reading this in a blog reader, you can hop over to my webpage to see that.

Good end to a good week. How was yours?

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