Challenge: Weigh-In #1

I’ve been working really hard for the past two weeks. I just want to throw that out there before I tell you all my results.

I’ve been running during my lunch breaks, after work, and pretty much whenever I feel that I can fit in a solid 4 miles. Somehow, I’ve managed to squeeze in a workout 4-5 days per week which is 4-5 more days per week than I was exercising during December.

I’ve been replacing food like this,

with food like this.

And it was all going really well…that is, until this weekend.

I had a bit of a relapse this weekend when my old college roommate came to visit. I took her to my favorite burger place in DC, Good Stuff Eatery (if you have never been there, seriously go. It’s SOOOO good). I pigged out on a burger, fries, anddddd a milkshake. Then we watched movies and pigged out more. I didn’t count my calories, nor did I give two hoots about portion control. I thought I would be able to fit in one or two runs during the weekend, but Mother Nature had other plans when she decided to ice all over the place! I won’t run on ice, I don’t think it’s worth the risk of breaking a leg.

Last night was my mom’s birthday, so my family went to the Melting Pot. I have a slight addiction to fondue because, let’s be honest here, who doesn’t love cheese and chocolate? I probably ate more than my fair share and left the restaurant feeling uncomfortably full. This, in addition to the burger from the day before, the cookies, sour patch kids, and beer from that night, and the breakfast sandwich I had earlier in the day, sent me over the edge.

I thought I owed this pig-out weekend to myself considering I’ve been doing so well lately. Which I suppose is why I felt like complete and utter crap when I woke up this morning. My body isn’t used to all that terrible food that I was putting in it. It made me think…is this how I felt all the time prior to two weeks ago? No wonder I was gaining so much weight and feeling so terrible!

Did I feel the effects of the food I ate this weekend? Yes. Did I regret eating those foods? No. I do regret it now? Still no. I don’t think that health=deprivation. If I want a burger every now and then, I’m going to eat a burger. Sometimes I think it might take a pig-out weekend like this to remind myself that I don’t want to feel this way. As long as I don’t fall back into these habits long-term, I will bounce back.

All of that being said. I took my weight this morning. First time in 2 weeks. I was apprehensive considering the weekend I had was less than stellar in terms of eating. So, I was shocked when I saw the results:

Starting weight: 175.0
Current weight:
169.2
Loss this week: -5.8
Total loss: -5.8

SAY WHAT?! I lost almost 6 pounds in the past 2 weeks? Almost makes me wonder what the number on the scale would have read had I eaten well this weekend. I am beyond thrilled!

I know that the first 10 pounds come off pretty easily with an increase in exercise and a slight change in diet. It’s the last 10 that will take more dedication, but I feel like this is a solid start. I feel lighter too and like my jeans finally fit a little better. Plus, yesterday was the first day I had stomach ache in just about 2 weeks. I feel so much better already, but I know that I have a long way to go. That number I saw this morning has motivated me even more. I am on my way, and I am not giving up!

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11 Comments

  1. YEAH! GET IT, GET IT!! That’s awesome, Cait!

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  2. Angie

     /  January 23, 2012

    🙂

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  3. Yay Cait! That’s awesome!

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  4. Jenna Dillon

     /  January 23, 2012

    I have been fighting weight since high school. At my heaviest, I was 175. After Nate deployed I started to run and got down to 150. Then I got pregnant, but decided that I was going to keep working out. I gained 20 pounds. After I had Logan, I was the thinnest I had ever been. I went down to 110-115. I looked unhealthy and probably felt that way too. Next came Amaleigh. Again, I only gained 20 pounds, but I felt like I gained 100. I decided that I was really going to work hard at getting to a healthy weight for ME and I was going to stay there. Today I weigh about 140-145. I run and lift almost every day. Thats hard to do while going to school and having two kids, but I needed it. I feel the healthiest I have ever felt and I am in the best shape of my life. I cook almost every meal and encourage the kids to eat healthy. My downfall is cookies. I love them, but somehow I have managed to keep it to just a few cookies and not the entire box. I’m happy to say I have no gained any weight in the past two years. I now actually like my body, I sleep good and I never need a nap unless I am sick, but because of my runs, I hardly ever get sick anymore.
    Keep up all the good work! You will get there and please know, you are not the only one in this family that fights to keep off the weight.

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    • Thanks for the support Jenna! I know it’s something that our family struggles with and I’m hoping to be able conquer it.

      That’s awesome that you’ve found your healthy weight and that you are able to keep up with your work outs even with the hectic lifestyle and 2 very active young kids! That’s a huge accomplishment that you should be proud of!

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  5. Bekah W.

     /  January 27, 2012

    Yay, nice job! 6 pounds?! I’ve lost 2! You take the same approach to food that I do-there’s no reason to starve yourself or keep yourself from eating a your favorite meal every now and then as long as you’re living a healthy lifestyle that you can be proud of. Keep it up!

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    • Thanks Bekah! I like that approach because the more I tell myself I can’t have a certain food, the more I want it. I know that’s not healthy. Congrats on another 2 pounds, we’ve got to keep each other motivated!

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