Thursday, October 1, 2009

October 1, 2009: 245 Pounds

As I posted last night, I expected a bloat gain. I was not thrilled to see a gain of 4 pounds this month on the scale this morning. That's the highest weight I've seen this month. The lowest was 239. I expect that once the water weight is off I will be somewhere in between. I am not, not, not happy.

I decided last night that I will count calories this month and also track all activity and see what kind of results I get compared to effort in a measurable way. That's the plan.

My new goal for this week is to give up soda and sugary drinks. I have cut out fast food. I am getting to bed at 10. I am increasing activity. Giving up soda should be relatively easy because I don't drink it often, but it will be helpful because *when* I drink soda, it is a LOT of soda and usually in conjunction with some other junk like potato chips or other salty stuff. Cutting the soda will cut other calories as well, since I just don't care for some foods without an accompanying soda.

This morning after I weighed, I got curious about my measurements. I haven't taken them in awhile I thought it would be interesting to compare my measurements NOW with my measurements at my lowest weight of 214, and also my measurements when I weighed 245 on the way DOWN the scale. I have had a feeling my fat redistributed itself and did not come back on in the same places when I regained it; let's see if that's true.

February 2008, 245 pounds/July 2008, 214 pounds/Now, 245 pounds:
hips: 53.75" / 49" / 52"
waist: 43" / 40.25" / 45"
bust 47" / 45.5" / 48"
thigh 27" / 25.25" / 27'
upper arm 16.75" / 16" / 16.75"
neck 16.25" / 15.25" / 15.75"

So. The weight DID come back on in different places. NOW at 245 my body is very different from my 245 pound body a year and a half ago. My hips are 1.75" smaller. My waist is 2" bigger! Bust is an inch larger, and neck is a half inch smaller. Thighs and upper arms are the same. I think it is not a good thing to have more inches around the waist now, especially as it relates to heart health.

Not to be ignored is the number of inches I gained from my low weight: 3" on the hips. 4.75" on the waist, 2.5" on the bust, .75" on the arms, and a half inch on the neck. That's one thick layer of fat I've put on, and it weighs 31 pounds. Ugh!!

Won't it be interesting to measure myself in January or February and see what my measurements are at 214 again? :)


Larkspur said...

Wow, that was an interesting experiment. Have you been able to try any resistance training? I noticed a big shift in measurements though not so much weight.

Friend of the Bear said...

Hi Lyn. This is tough. But you're approaching it in the right way - as a positive challenge. Sometimes extraneous calories creep in when you're not weighing and counting everything so I think this will really help. Being systematic WILL get you where you want to be.

I've noticed that where the weight goes on does change as you get older, esp after 35 - more on the waist and bust, less lower down. I think this is hormonal. The weight used to come off my stomach first when I was younger, now it comes off my waist last.

Be great to see your results after a month of tracking.

Best wishes,
Bearfriend xx

Stages of Change said...

"Not, not, not happy"

Triple negative for the win!

Also, it will be interesting in Jan or Feb, oh yes it will be, AND it will feel great.

Georgia Mist said...

Weight gain makes one miserable, does it not?
But it is probably water / stress gain and it will come off quickly!
Don't let it get you down.
Your body is adjusting to the weight loss and needs a few days sometimes to catch up!
Great idea about journaling / tracking food intake and calories!
I use -- try it for a few days (it's free) and see if it works for you, too.
Look me up, I'm GeorgiaMist there, too.


Anonymous said...

"Won't it be interesting to measure myself in January or February and see what my measurements are at 214 again? :)"
That's the attitude that will get you there!
I'm looking forward to seeing your success!

Diana A said...

hello lyn

i think you are right to give up soda, the other day i was googling the side effects of diet soda and i was surprised to read how Aspartame has very bad side effects on weight loss, as though it has no calories, it in fact effects the fat storage in certain parts of the body, you should google that...i am gearing up again and started a diet today,.. will most probably need your help!

Diane, Fit to the Finish said...

Wow, that was amazing to read and see how your body does carry weight at different times. I can't wait to see what it looks like when you are down to 214 again!

Keep up the good work, and I like your idea of tracking food and exercise.

My Own Two Feet said...

The other big benefit of giving up soda is that it will correlate to a larger water increase which will help you drop that extra water bloat. :)

MissyM said...

Interesting experiment. Giving up soda for the most part is probably a very good thing.

Anonymous said...

I've been counting my calories and exercising 5 days per week and my weight hasn't budged. BUT my measurements have-- except for my waist. Apparently, for me at least, my gut is going to be the last place I get it off. Well I'm not going to complain, all the other areas look great and eventually so will my waist. Keep at it, you can only improve your quality of life. Stop and it's back to being totally miserable.

I don't think either of us want to go back.


What a Splurge said...

I picked February as a re-evaluation point too. It's far enough away to make anything possible but not as far in the future to seem unreachable. If I've made any positive changes in my life lately is has been to give up soda and diet soda for water. Even on days I overeat, I'm washing it down with water!

Certifiably Fit said...

That was interesting seeing how your measurements are different. Sounds like you are making some good changes to keep moving in the right direction.

Juley Woods said...

I admire your honesty.
I love reading your blog, because I find it so encouraging! Thanks for sharing such personal details with us!
You are an amazing woman, and I hope that your husband has a change of heart.
Have a fantastic day, and good luck with the weight loss by January!

Tammy said...

Glad you're getting back to calorie counting. Yes, it's a total pain in the butt, but so is being fat. Everything is a choice. I have a feeling next month is going to look VERY different for you. :)

Deanna - The Unnatural Mother said...

Accountability is everything, so putting yourself out here, as you always do, I have no doubt that ayou will reach your goals!

Vickie said...

you are smart to look at your taste bud reaction thing - pairing the tastes of certain foods together. I agree - that will probably help you a lot.

Kristine said...

lyn, i recently began reading your blog and i am encouraged by all you've written...i appreciate your honesty..i agree with you, when i drink soda, i drink a ton of that's what i'm cutting out...blessings to you on your journey and can't wait to read more..keep on keepin' on..

Anonymous said...


Since you seem to get your period around the first of the month, when you weigh, why don't you switch your weigh in to mid-month? That way you have a truer weight.

I think this would really motivate you knowing your "true" weight.

kass09 said...

Counting Calories is SO the key! I just happened to stumble on your blog today and its awesome :o). I just recently started blogging about my recent weight loss journey and its neat to see others doing the same thing. In the last nine months and 2 wks I have lost 147lbs and have about 32lbs left until my goal so I figured blogging might be a good way to share my thoughts and story in hopes of inspiring others. I deff. know how frusterating it can be when you feel you have do everything and the scale doesn't reflect it, but keep going it WILL happen! Awesome job and keep it up :o).

Taryl said...

I'm sorry about the bloat, Lyn! That can be so disheartening. But as long as you're not giving up, you continually have a chance to do well.

The measurement thing was fascinating! I agree the waist increase doesn't bode well for heart health, but you WILL keep plugging away at losing and you WILL gradually see those numbers drop again, right?

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for being so real with your struggles. It touches and encourages me that I'm not alone in some of this, and your commitment to continue trying to do better helps me iron out details in my dedication as well.

You're inspirational, Lyn, and succeeding more than you may realize. Just your awareness of the things that have been bogging you down and the metamorphosis of life you're undergoing right now has been so amazing to watch.

It takes courage to confront your demons and change who you are, and true strength to continue in spite of various types of adversity - you have both course AND strength!