Monday, May 18, 2009

Starting the blog to track my weight loss progress

Please, I need all the motivation I can get. It's been almost two weeks since I started to try to lose weight and I've almost lost 10lbs.  Let me tell you what I've been doing. 

Replacing two meals a day with slim fast shake, snacking on fruits during meal intervals (also on slim fast snack bars).  Then I eat a regular meal. Sometimes it's 500 calories, sometimes 800, sometimes it's home cooked meal and I have no idea. Regardless of what home cooked food I eat, I try to eat a resonable portion. Yesterday, I deviated somewhat. I did not have a slim fast shake in the morning (i ran out), I had fruits instead. Then I went to my mom's house in Baltimore (on the way, I bought some shakes), worked in her yard and had skake for lunch and then when I got home later that evening, had dinner that was cooked at around 7pm. I was very hungry so I ate two plates (instead of the normal 1). On Sunday morning, I had weighed myself to be 276.8lbs,  This morning, I was 275.8lbs so I lost 1 lb. I did not get to ride my bike. I've been doing very good riding the bike. At first, I just rode around the patch of grass outside my house (and by patch, i mean, my house faces a divided rode.. divided by grass area, i just rode around in circles). Then I started to ride about 2 miles a day, then approx 2.5 and now I can do 3 miles a day. Very significant portion of the path I ride is uphill (at one point, very steep uphill)... at first, i could only ride uphill in lower gears (try riding uphill in 21st gear, espicially when you haven't ridden in a while).. now, i can ride uphill in 21st gear.. (well, except for the very steep uphill portion of my ride, where i still gear down).  My ultimate goal is to be able to ride 10 miles a day. I hope within the next month to be riding at least 5 miles a day. Anyway, here is how I measure my myself.

1. In the morning.
2. Naked (trying to find my absolute weight without anything on).
3. Approx the same time (ie, before i go to work, between 6-8 in the morning).
4. The same scale everytime. 

Other than my weight, have I noticed anything else?.. yes!!!.. before my current attempt at losing weight, My waist size was 46. I could no longer wear size 44 waist pants. Now, not only am I wearing size 44 waist, my jeans that is size 44 waist is starting to get very slack. 

What are my goals?.

To lost 85 pounds from my starting weight (ie, get to 200lbs). 
To do this, I hope to maintain a pace of at least 2lbs a week (ie, a weight loss of 2lbs a week).
Currently, even though i have lost almost 10 pounds in 2 weeks (today is Monday, by Wednesday, I am sure it will be over 10lbs). I lost more in the first week than in the second week. My current trend is approx 4lbs a week. 

So, today I am 275.8lbs.
by end of month, I hope to be at 269lbs. 

If you too are trying to lose weight, please let me know and we can encourage each other through this blog. I hope anyone that read this blog keeps me honest. I really need to lose the weight. Even at 200lbs (which is 85lbs less than 285lbs), according to the standard measure (BMI), I will still be overweight. I've decided that the BMI does not apply to me. I cannot imagine myself less than 200lbs and not being sick. 200lbs is a good enough target for me.. perhaps when I get there, I will reasses my goals and readjust.


RunValerie said...

OK Wes. Great job!! Keep up the good work. Losing weight is hard work. I know I've been trying for years and years. But I'll be keeping an eye on you.

Laura said...

Congratulations on losing some weight, it seems as though you are progressing really well.

I began my weight loss programme last week. I am looking to lose 60lbs in order to bring my bmi to the lower end of my healthy range and reach the weight I was before having a baby.

Like you I am taking the liquid route, except I am trying juice dieting. It is quick and healthy and I have lost 9lbs in one week as well as a total of 9.5 inches off my body. So far I feel fantastic and my skin is glowing!

Good look with your weight loss, I look forward to following your blog!

Wesley said...

Thanks for the encouragement.