For the second week of my change in diet I decided to be more diligent about what I would eat. Not starve myself but be more in control of my portions and avoiding as much junk food as possible. Also, I made efforts to remain more active and on days I didn’t exercise I did walk a decent amount. I have to say I was proud of my efforts this past week and the results were satisfactory.
So for my second weigh in, I am down 4 pounds (239lbs). Of course the scale also says that my body fat % is up to 39 this time around (see what I mean how I don’t know what to think about its accuracy). Anyways, I did well on week 2 and I’ve gotten some validation for my efforts. Now I must remain focus. This is still far from over.
Recently, I heard about how Jennifer Hudson lost 80 pounds using the Weight Watchers system. I found that to be amazing especially because of all the tragedy that surrounded her the past year or two. Lesser people would’ve went into a downward spiral of depression and given that she was overweight to begin with, that would’ve been an easy choice, to go on a food binge.
But instead, Jennifer Hudson found the resolve within her to shed the weight and improve her lifestyle. I have none of the problems she’s faced and I no longer have the excuses I used to have to fall back on for my flawed weight issues (lack of time because of commuting, lack of sleep etc). After two months and some weeks of slacking off I finally got off my lazy butt and decided to seriously take some action.
Now I’m not using the Weight Watchers system like Jennifer Hudson did. Instead I opted for the free iPhone app called Lose It! At the start of this past week, I was 242 pounds with 42% body fat. My goal is to lose 50 lbs in 50 weeks. It’s a moderate goal of 1 pound a week but I don’t want to discourage myself so early in the game.
For the most part I kept to my daily calorie count. Some days I even had hundreds of calories to spare. The one day that I fumbled a bit was on Friday, but I made it up by punishing myself with an hour of the Tae Bo instructional DVD. Needless to say, I’m sore all over. I’m even feeling soreness in places I didn’t know had muscles.
So today was my weighing day for my first week to see how I did. I ended up with 243 pounds and 36% body fat. Now I’m not sure how accurate the body fat sensors of my old Tanita scale are but the optimist in me wants to believe that the extra pound in weight is due to muscle mass. Only time will tell. In the meantime, I can’t let this get me down. I need to move forward and I intend to walk it off later today. Probably some calisthenics as well.
So last year has come and gone and a new one is upon us. And as tradition dictates, we must press upon ourselves resolutions for a better future and regret the broken pledges of the year before. I thought for sure, with just one resolution this time around, to lose weight and eat healthier, that I would for sure do well this time around. Alas, this was not to be.
Sure moving to Brooklyn and still working in Norwalk, CT, thereby cutting away a lot of my off-work hours drastically, may have something to do with that, but that is not excuse enough for me not eating better. And with the budget being tighter by extra taxes, the luxury of eating out is no longer one I can indulge. Of course, the glutton that I am, all these obstacles haven’t stopped my bad eating habits and I’m still relatively out of shape.
My only saving grace is that I’m more physically active due to my new pedestrian-friendly whereabouts. Thanks to that one change in my life, I walk a lot more than I have in some time and that has helped keep more excess weight off my already overburdened haunches. I’d like to say that this year would be different, but history has a tendency to repeat, and my particular habit is quite impregnable as I do love tasty, yet somewhat unhealthy, morsels.
I’m still going to give it the “old college try” and report my results once again, next year.