Saturday, August 22, 2009

Goodbye, Plateau

I had an insanely busy Friday and didn't get around to writing. Thank you very much to Mae, Amy and F. McButter for giving me lovely blog awards!

Friday, I finally got back into losing territory with the following weigh in:

Weight: 256.5
BMI: 44.02

I was pretty happy with that number. I also started having, you know, that thing with the blood, which I think is probably the cause of the past week's non-progress. It also explains this morning's ridiculously amazing weigh in:

Weight: 253.9
BMI: 43.58.

That's 2.6 pounds in a single day! 2.6! In one day! One of the statistics I keep in my spreadsheet is the day to day percentage loss relative to my weight the day before. Using that, I lost 1.01% of my weight in a single day. Of course it's not actual fat I'm losing, but still, such a pretty new scale number.

A few fun statistics:

I'm 47 days into my diet and I've now lost 24.1 pounds and 8.67% of my starting body weight. In all, I've kicked 4.14 points of BMI to the curb. I've lost an average of 3.59 pounds/week (a number still pretty heavily inflated by the 7.5 pounds I lost in week 1). To hit my mini goal of 250 by 9/15, I need to lose 3.9 pounds in 24 days, or an average of 1.13 pounds/week.

The numbers are all nice, but what I love most right now is the feeling of relief.

Because of the plateau I'd been having an incredibly frustrating week. After hitting 256.7, I went up and down for a whole seven days before I beat that number on Friday. As I've mentioned before, the upper half of the 250s is where I got stuck last time I tried to lose weight. I was really, really scared that I was going to get stuck again. Friday's number was only 256.5, and while it was nice to see a new low, I knew it wasn't by much and I was worried that I'd be back up today. To see 253.9 staring up at me today felt, well, like a weight being lifted off me.

I'd been sticking to my diet this past week, but I was scared. I was petrified my diet had somehow failed and that I'd just stop losing weight, even though I was still eating right. I didn't want to give up, but I also was incredibly worried that I might end up doing so. I didn't trust myself this week, I didn't feel as committed, as sure. It was not a place I wanted to be.

Today, I don't feel like that anymore. I know why I wasn't seeing the results this week. I know not to freak out next time it happens.

And I'm lower than I've been a long, long time. I'm going to get to 250, and I'm going to get there soon. Then I'll get to 233, and I won't be morbidly obese any more. And from there, I'm just going to keep going down down down. I've lost 24.1 pounds already: I can and will lose the rest.


  1. Yes! You can and will lose the weight! You're doing great so far. And that time of the month always screws with my weigh in results too. I have to try to remember that so as to keep the freak out factor to a minimum.

  2. That's a lot of weight for a single day. I'd guess it had something to do with water weight; I see big swings after eating certain kinds of foods. But whatever... we take the unexpected losses with the same gusto as the expected ones.

    Way to go. Keep it up!

  3. Way to go, Hadley! You ARE doing this, you ARE doing amazingly well, you ARE kicking butt here! Woo-hoo to you!!!

    I'm lol about "that thing with blood" comment. I liked how you put that and linked it. lol

    Can't wait to celebrate 250 with you!!! Then 233! It will be there in no time!

  4. Dude those are AWESOME results. Just AWESOME!!! You have to feel sooo good. That is a major accomplishment. You will be at 250 in no time. I am so proud that you stuck with it. Keep it up!!!

  5. you can.
    you will.

    have a great sunday.


  6. I can relate to your nervousness about the plateau.
    By being impatient and frustrated I've allowed those to derail past efforts.
    You should be very proud of yourself for your patience and persistence to stick it out and I'm very excited for you that you will see the lower numbers soon.

  7. You are rockin those numbers Hadley! WTG! You are doing this and you are going to succeed in so many ways on the scale and off :-) I am glad I am here to see it! Yay You!!!

  8. Wow, that's terrific!!! Good for you for holding on until you broke through!