Monday, December 1, 2008

December 1, 2008: 227 Pounds

This morning I weighed in at 227 pounds. That's a seven pound LOSS for November. Yeah!! Finally, I'm back on the losing end! After months of gaining or maintaining, it's a welcome relief to see a loss. It's all part of the journey.

So I guess that means my monthly calorie budget was a good idea. It really helped me stay on track. For the first 3 weeks of November, I averaged about 1780 calories/day. The last week, well, things fell apart a bit as far as calorie counting goes, and when I got sick with this flu I just decided to let the last week of November be what it was... a series of slip ups, recoveries, indulgences, and then sickness. I thought I would be up a few pounds, but in fact, I am only up ONE pound from my lowest weight this month. And a net loss of 7 pounds makes me quite happy. Especially since we had Thanksgiving AND a 3-day trip out of town with lots of fancy food.

I did bike a lot in November... about 100 miles! Of course, it's a stationary bike, so the scenery left a lot to be desired... but I got on the bike and rode, often. I think that's a key to my success, as well.

The plan for December: I will keep doing a monthly calorie budget. I am thinking 1800/day max. Actually, that number makes me nervous. It seems *so high*. Especially since when I was doing a *daily* calorie budget, I aimed for 1500-1600/day. (But I had a lot of days that I went over 1600 that I didn't really count, obviously). So lemme start with 1700/day, and then if I need to add a bit more in by the end of the month, I can. That gives me 52,700 calories for December. That should help me stay away from the cookies, right?

Okay. Actually I am quite sick today, so I am signing off for now. I will try and put together the Healthy Habit of the Week post by tonight, so it might be a day late.

Happy Holidays. Let's make December a month of giving ourselves the gift of health and a vibrant life!

27 comments:

~TMcGee~ said...

When I saw the weight you posted, I honestly got a huge smile on my face, Lyn. :-) I am very happy for you.

Keep it up and yes, your monthly budget does sound like it is working.

Roxie said...

Outstanding!

Sorry you are feeling poorly.

Tina said...

That's great news on the weight loss! You're doing so well and I hope you feel better soon!

Sheri said...

I'm up for that gift. Maybe this week's challenge should be tracking (don't think you've done that). Our eyes are opened by what we see, so if we see what we eat, what exercise we do, and what emotions implode, we may have a revelation.

Great for your with your success plumet of 7 pounds!

sonia said...

wowowow! congratulations! you are an incredible inspiration.

here's to a successful december : )

oxo

Karyn said...

Break out the confetti!!!! YAY!
A seven pound loss AFTER thanksgiving AND when you are sick!

Congratulations! And get well, soon, too.

Hanlie said...

Woohoo! Well done! I'm glad you found a formula that works for you.

Tami said...

So I just finished up NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, where people take the month of November and write a 50,000 word novel) and as I was collecting and organizing my thoughts about what I'd learned from it, I was stricken by a memory of your monthly calorie budget!

50,000 words, that's about 1,667 words per day. Some days I got less than that, some days I pushed and got a lot more, but in the end, I had my monthly word budget of 50,000 that I had to meet or beat.

The parallels were too much fun, I had to share with you. Congratulations on your success, I'm very intrigued by your monthly budget and am excited to hear that it's working out for you!

ryry the adventurous said...

YES!!!!!! WOOOOOOOO!!! That is awesome, despite the nasty flu!!!! GO LYN!

Vickie said...
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Pandora said...

Congratulations! Sounds like you are adding a "reserve fund" of 3000 calories (100 per day) to your budgeted amount of 1700. Makes sense!

Vickie said...

delete was me - I had to fix a couple spelling problems that were bugging me!

What I wanted to say is - good going!!!

what I love about your process is 'your analyzing' -
what did I say I was going to do? What am I actually doing?
Is it working?
How can I tweak it?

Then using all the information to plan ahead. REALITY!!!

So sorry you are sick!!!

Maggy said...

Hi,

Great job and a great idea to do a monthly budget. I think I will join you.
I just started my blog. Can you tell me how to link my post to yout brilliant idea so I can give you credit?

Thanks.

Maggy

Chub said...

Way to go! I really like the way you are organized!
I started using sparkpeople as well, and I quite like it!
You have a very inspiring blog and now I need to read the archives! lol

Mary said...

Congratulations! Hope you feel better soon!

new*me said...

hurray for you!!! That is awesome! You are kickin' some butt Lyn! Hope you feel much better soon ;). Happy December!

Xuxa05 said...

Woo-hoo!! Great job & great idea!! I track on sparkpeople almost daily, but I like your idea of doing a MONTHLY calorie budget! I'll have to try it out and see if I can boost my weight loss again!! :)

Squishy ! said...

Great job, Lyn!!

Sherre said...

Let's make December a month of giving ourselves the gift of health and a vibrant life! <~~~ LOVE this sentiment. I'm going to try to reminder it when I want to reach for junk!

WTG on the loss!

Bethany said...

Yay! So excited for your loss! Congrats, and please feel better soon!
~Bethany

Lynne said...

I think I got what you got, and if it accompanies a 7 lb loss for the month; I will gladly suffer.

Whatever works - DO

Maybe you could get a new bike this spring?! - One that will actually get you somewhere... wait - yours does...

Pubsgal said...

Way to go, Lyn!!! That's terrific news. Best of *health* to all of us over the rest of the holiday season!

Pamela said...

Lyn, congratulations on your loss! That is fantastic! You are such an inspiration to me and I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Marie Antoinette Award on my site (you can find more info there).

I'm so sorry you're sick and I hope you are feeling better really soon! Take care!

Fat Lazy Guy said...

That's awesome, Lyn :) Well done!

Heather said...

that is so fantastic! I had a good feeling that this would work out for you. cant wait to see what Dec. has in store for you!

SaraBD said...

Great job on the weight loss. I hope you're feeling better soon. Keep up the good work for December!

fatfighter said...

Congrats on the loss - that's fabulous news!