Archive | March 2014

40 in 40 – After Week 9

Okay guys, I know I haven’t been keeping up my end of the bargain. I promised to post every Sunday, and I missed last week. And I’ve missed a few midweek update. No excuses, right? It has been a rough few weeks, but I promise to try and do better.

Stats are largely unchanged; I haven’t been working as hard as I could, but I also haven’t been slacking off as bad as I could. That translates to being static on the scale. This week, I will do better, and I will post on Thursday.

Thanks all of you for your support. It means more than I can express.


40 in 40 – After Week 7 (And a Half)

Ok, I know I missed my Sunday update this week. I had a lot going on – kiddo had a cold, fiancée had been working out of town and was back home for only 6 days, other messy/stressful personal stuff, plus my back was still a bit sore.

Full disclosure: The stress of that other messy/personal stuff has led me astray a bit with my eating. Nothing completely crazy; no binges involving me + a pint of ice cream + an entire pie; but I have been indulging a little in things like cheese and cupcakes. As a result, still no loss this week – but no major gains either (at one point on the back pain medication I got up to 208 lbs last week), so I’m calling this one a win!

Big shout out to all of you who follow me on Instagram and Facebook. Your support and kind words are a BIG part of why, despite slipping a little the past couple of weeks, I haven’t thrown this whole idea out the window.



Starting weight: 204.0

Current weight: 204.8

No comment on weight loss this week. Still down over 16 lbs in total though!

40 in 40 – After Week 6

I’ve had a major setback this weekend in the form of a back injury that occurred last summer making a comeback. I’ve had to take several medications this weekend which have resulted in high water retention (this also happened last summer; the difference being, that time I compounded it by eating all manner of unwise crap). So it’s no surprise that my weight is actually UP this weekend. However, I’m hoping that a few days of being very careful with my back will prevent the pain from getting to the point that it got to last summer.

So my challenge this week will be to keep it up despite the pain and being unable to work out.

Starting weight: 203.2 lbs
Current weight: 204.0 lbs

Weight loss this week: GAIN of 0.8 lbs
Weight loss total: 17.6 lbs

Mid-Week Update – Sometimes This Sucks

It’s been a crummy week.

The scale hasn’t budged all week, and I know why – I’ve made unwise eating decisions a couple of times (and every time, I regret it a couple of hours later, I don’t know why I keep doing this to myself when it upsets my stomach so badly…), and I’ve REALLY lost momentum with my workouts. I could make excuses, because I’m good at that – but I’m not going to. The only thing holding me back is me.

Having said that, sometimes taking a break is a good idea. (This is not one of those times, by the way, but it’s still a valid point.) Taking breaks means you can come back refreshed, with a new perspective. The tough thing about taking a break in this case is, how do you take a break from good health? What I need to find again is my determination and drive. That’s why it’s so important for me to make this about more than just my wedding (not that my wedding is JUST anything, but it’s still a finite event). In order to be able to take a break while still staying on track, I need to get – and stay! – in the mindset that what I’m doing will have implications for the rest of my life, in all aspects of my life: as a partner, a parent, an employee, a friend, a colleague, and so on and so on. A healthy break from the admittedly hardcore pace I’ve been setting should still mean keeping at least 80% of my daily caloric intake coming from healthy, whole-food sources, and engaging in daily fitness activities, like walking or strength training. So I guess that’s part of my goals too (remember a couple of weeks ago when I mentioned wanting to add goals) – find the balance so that when I DO need a break, I can have one without backsliding into bad habits.

As always, thanks for reading, and see you on Sunday for new stats!


40 in 40 – After Week 5

(Stats are from yesterday; crazy hectic day prevented posting this entry yesterday)

Honestly, as far as notes go, I don’t have much to say – which in itself is something. This routine is no longer novel or exciting – which means it’s probably time to change something up. On the plus side, it also means that eating properly is becoming less of a challenge and more of a habit – although I still aim to hold myself accountable by recording what I’m eating, how much and when.

This week I’m going to look into ways to change things up, keep myself challenged, motivated, and engaged. Losing interest often translates to going off-track. If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments!


Starting weight: 207.4 lbs

Current weight: 203.2 lbs


Weight loss this week: 4.2 lbs

Weight loss total: 18.4 lbs