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NOT Destroyed By Vacation…

Today I weighed myself after vacation. I was sure I’d gained at least 5 pounds.

But instead I saw that I’d LOST 0.6, down from 155.8 to 155.2.

Go me!!!

My big-picture goal is to get down to 130 by March 31.   The skinniest I’ve ever been was 125, and that was a bit too skinny.  130-135 is about right for my body type.  I’m excited, because I have total confidence in my ability to reach it — and I’m getting closer every day!  🙂


January 12, 2010 at 5:16 pm 4 comments

Weekly Weigh In

So, after last week’s midweek debacle with the scale, I decided to strictly limit myself to just ONE weigh-in per week.

I forgot to do it yesterday, so I did it first thing this morning.

The result?


It could be another fluctuation, but it’s the “official” weight for this week…which means I’ve lost 3 pounds from the time I started 9 days ago!  I feel very proud.

My goals for this week are…

  • On days I don’t work out, eat 1200 calories
  • On days I DO work out, eat 1500 calories
  • On days I work out twice, eat 1800 calories
  • Throw caution to the wind on Thanksgiving and enjoy myself!
  • Be down to around 156 this time next week (I realize Thanksgiving is going to throw a wrench in the works and will slow down my progress, but I’ll try to get in 2 workouts that day and hopefully I won’t GAIN weight)

I’ll keep you posted on my progress!

November 24, 2009 at 4:55 pm Leave a comment

I’m Back

So I’m back.

It’s been a while since I last posted.  It’s because I plateaued and I couldn’t face myself.  The truth is, I’m still at a plateau.  I weigh 160 pounds even.  Over the past year, I’ve been extremely active (barring a couple of spells when I was injured).  I’m in better cardiovascular shape than I’ve been in years.

But I still haven’t lost that effing flab.

We’re going home for the holidays in 1 month.  My goal between now and December 16: lose 10 pounds.

That’s right.  Just 10.

I know I can do it.

That means I need to kick it into turbo gear.  So here’s my plan:

1. 2 workouts a day, M-F, between now and December 16, with yoga on Saturdays.

2. NO FREE DAYS for food (except Thanksgiving)

This is pretty hardcore, and is NOT a workable ongoing lifestyle choice.  It is, however, a killer kickstart and way to get good results fast.   I’ll try to weigh in every other day or so.  So…bring it!

November 15, 2009 at 7:21 am Leave a comment

Week #5 Weigh-In

42-15614327Well, the scale didn’t move a muscle for me this week.  (Not that I can trust the damn thing.  Actually, if you take the last 4 or 5 times I weighed myself last week as the starting point, as opposed to the first 4 or 5 times I weighed myself last week, then I’ve LOST 1.5 pounds.  But then you’d have to say I gained like 3 pounds last week instead of just 1.5 and who the heck wants to say I gained that much frikkin’ weight last week?  Not I.  Therefore…)

I am exactly the same as I was last week.

I did a MUCH better job tracking my calorie intake at SparkPeople and ate about 1800 calories a day–which was my target.  My meals typically consisted of a protein-rich breakfast, grazing through the day on nuts, fiber bars, and fruit, and then because I ended up each night on the brink of starvation practically, I ate a larger dinner at night.

Given the fact that there was no loss, this tells me a couple of things…

1)–I’m probably eating a few too many calories.

2)–I’m eating too much at night.

So, I’m going to try a new experiment this week.  I’m going to cut my calories down by about 200 per day–and eat in the 1600 range.  I’m going to eat MORE during the day so that I’m not so starving by the time dinner rolls around–which should help me moderate my nighttime intake.

February 22, 2009 at 9:39 pm 5 comments

Why I Count Calories

So I just barely started counting calories again, with my favorite online wellness and weight loss site, SparkPeople.

I like it because it suggests meals and recipes, based on my goals, and helps me track with exactness.


A screenshot of my food tracking page on SparkPeople

Why worry about tracking so much?  Isn’t it more hassle than it’s worth?  I just need to eat relatively healthy, and everything will take care of itself, right?  At least, that’s what I have been telling myself for more than a few years now.

Well, I realized yesterday that lessons I’ve learned in business apply to the rest of my life, too.  Namely, when I have specific goals and a specific vision, I get specific results.

When I have undefined, nebulous goals, I get undefined, nebulous results (kind of like the nebulous, undefined mass of flubber that has become my midsection).

So I count calories because I have a well-defined purpose, and only a well-defined plan of attack will get me there.

January 28, 2009 at 4:16 pm 3 comments

Weighty Confessions

There is one curse word in this post and talk of boobs.  Rated PG.

All right, you wanna know the truth?

I used to be slender and fit.


Exhibit A. Katie in a weird play with weird pants...but looking very trim


Exhibit B. Katie in Peru getting ready to find herself a hot Latin lover

Now…not s’much.  😦


Exhibit C. Suddenly flabby Katie showing off her backside


Exhibit D. Hey! Look at me! I gained 40 pounds!

For a long time, I tried hiding.  Pretended the problem didn’t exist.  And it worked…for a while.  At least, it kept it off my mind.  But the funny thing about that approach?  It always tends to make things worse.

So I’m coming clean, publicly.  Admitting the honest-to-goodness truth.

I’m chubby.  Fluffy.  Rotund.  Plump.  Round around the edges.  Hefty.  Portly.  Stout.

I weigh 164.4 pounds.  I wear a size 12-14.  My boobs have blossomed to the point where they almost overflow a DD-size cup. 

In my heyday, I weighed 125 pounds.  Wore a size 6-8.  And my boobs were gorgeous, comfortably supported by a standard D-size cup and complimented quite nicely, I must say, by my small, slender waist.

To fix the problem, I am undergoing a massive transformation.  I’m doing P90X with my flabulous husband, Lanny.  I’m eating more proteins and less carbs.  Drinking more water and less soda.  Taking fewer trips to the drive-through and more trips to the gym.

And every Sunday, I’ll come here–to hold myself accountable and update you on my progress.  I may also share my journey during the rest of the week, including triumphs, failures, observations, and lessons learned…but you can count on at least a Sunday update.  So stay tuned…

COMMENT CHALLENGE: Please feel free to call me names in this week’s comments section, like fatty or McHusky Ass.  The very cleverest name will win a special prize…

Also, if you’re looking to drop a few pounds and are blogging about it–or want to–let me know and I will include a link to your blog from mine for inspiration!

January 25, 2009 at 10:36 pm 12 comments


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