Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The trick is to get back up

Well, it's been a long time since I wrote. Too long. And my weight's gone up. More than it should have and more than I'd like to admit, but not more than I will admit.

And so Saturday, I weighed myself, I recommitted, and I strolled through the blogosphere. Jo is in Onederland! Monica got a job! (That was old news, but I was reading through the archives and saw a mention to coworkers, plus you can never read too much of Monica's blog.) Katie J. is making all sorts of progress and now has the most beautiful picture as her icon! 266 is at a normal BMI! And Sue aka Mrs. Fatass is having the birthday celebration to end all birthday celebrations.

And me? Well, on Saturday I weighed 264 pounds.

Yes. 264 pounds. That's only 14 pounds lower than my original starting weight. How miserable.

But at the same time, in some ways, it also wasn't all that bad. I'd kept up a loss of just over 5% of my starting weight for a year and nearly two months. I work in health policy: the literature on obesity is bleak. Keeping 5% of my starting weight off for over a year actually makes me, statistically speaking, a success story. Imagine that.

Of course, that's not the level off success I want. I want Learning to be Less levels of success. (Who, by the way, is pregnant and due in just over a month. Congrats!) I want Diane from Fit to the Finish levels of success. I want to be what they are: namely, the awesomest kind of statistical aberration there is.

In my last post, on the last try, I said "Falling is okay, though. The trick is to get back up. And I'm going to get back up."

Well, I'm back up. I've been going for walks. (My gym shut down, and I'm not really up for finding a new one just yet.) I've been eating well. And I've been steadily progressing down down down the scale.

Saturday, 9/18: 264
Sunday, 9/19: 262
Monday, 9/20: 261.5
Tuesday, 9/21: 261

And finally today, Wednesday, 9/22: 259.3. 4.7 pounds down, a bunch to go.


  1. I am SO HAPPY you are back!!! You made my day with your comment on my blog. Thank you sweetie! It really made smile :)

  2. Glad you're back! and you definitely have the right attitude about it all: falling IS okay, we just have to remember to get back up!

    Keep it up!!!!

  3. You're BACK!!! Oh my goodness, this is fantastic. Good for you for jumping back into things, you are doing so well. Aaah so happy to read your blog again!

  4. Welcome Back! It's so good to "see" you. Sorry to hear you have to re-lose some of those pounds but you're back in the game and that's all that matters. There were so many times I wanted to give up the fight but if I did I wouldn't be where I am today, finally figuring it out.

    Good luck getting back into the groove. You know you can do it. Rock on!

  5. OMGGGGGGGG!! I almost peed my pants!! I posted a blog a few weeks ago searching for you and now here you are! TIS FATE, TIS FATE!!! EMAIL ME!!