Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Mini Goal

I forgot to write on Monday about my next goal.  I should say, "our" goal, because Vanessa and I are going for the same date (just different numbers).

So just a quick update...Monday I started out with an average weight of 258.4 pounds.  Vanessa and I are going to try to lose as much as we can by March 28th, the Friday of her birthday weekend.  While "as much as we can" is nice, it's nicer to have a concrete I'm aiming for 5% weight loss, which would put me in at 245.5 pounds - pretty much the original number I wanted to hit on my birthday.

I'm going to have to crunch some numbers to figure out the next goal after that, but the next goal takes us to May 5th, so there's opportunity to lose more than 5%.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Day 119

I started this weight loss plan (to lose 30 pounds by the time I turn 30) November 8th.  The goal was to drop from 275.2 pounds to 245.2 pounds by March 5, 2014.  Officially, the last date of this personal challenge was yesterday - Thursday March 6, because my daily weigh-in schedule was on a Friday-Thursday week.  So how did I do?  Prepare yourself for some numbers.

But first...a little background on how I went through this challenge and gathered information.  I read that the best way to get an accurate progress report of your weight loss is to weigh yourself three times a day, and take the average.  For best results, these times should be consistent.  Because I only had time and access for two weigh-ins, I ditched the third and have done a decent job of weighing in at the same time each day.  Armed with those daily numbers, I measured my progress based on my 7-day average weight.

I also participated in a free health clinic offered by my employer.  I was given a CANRISK (your risk of developing diabetes) of 28, which is moderate.  They measured my waist circumference, as well as my body fat %.  I won't bore you with all the numbers - they're a few posts back.

But, my BMI back in November was 39.2.  Today, it's 36.6.  My score is still 28 - but I feel like that's partly to do with my waist measurements not changing (which I don't get - everybody says that they can see I've lost weight, but I don't know where they see it if my waist is the same).  Either way?  Reducing my BMI is really good.

On Friday November 8, 2013, I weighed 272.4 pounds in the morning and 278.0 pounds in the evening for an average of 275.2 pounds.  On March 5, 2014, I weighed 257.2 pounds in the morning, 260.4 pounds at night, for an average of 258.8 pounds.  That's a total loss of 16.4 pounds by the 30-years-old mark.  Just over halfway to my actual goal.  Considering that's better than losing 0 pounds or GAINING weight, I'm happy with that number.

As of Thursday March 6, 2014, I weighed 258.0 in the morning, 261.6 in the evening, for an average of 259.8.  The total loss from November 8th is 17 pounds.  That also gives me a 7-day average of 258.1 - which is still a 16 pound loss over 119 days.

I'm not nearly done yet, either.  I'm taking a bit of a weekend break from tracking everything so I can re-start on a new Mon-Sun schedule, but the new goal is to lose even more weight.  I haven't determined the exact amount yet, so I'll report back on Monday.