Weigh In Week: Uh...August

This whole working every day thing is really kicking my butt. And I only actually work four out of the seven available days in a week (except for that 12 hour Saturday two weeks ago and that 4 hour Sunday last week...). So what I'm telling you is that I'm a wimp of the highest order. BUT! I really, really enjoy how the balance in my bank account is larger every time I look at it, so I guess I'll just keep doing what I'm doing.Well, and attempting to do MORE than what I've been doing. More sleeping. More reading books. (Those two may be mutually exclusive in my world...) More grocery shopping (I don't think I possess a single edible vegetable right now). More blogging.

As you might have noticed, though I hold absolutely no animosity (and probably a little bit of respect) if you didn't, I haven't been posting my weekly weigh in posts in any kind of...weekly fashion. It was becoming a bimonthly thing and then I just stopped. Thankfully, this is not because I fell off the WeightWatchers wagon; I just fell off the blogger wagon. So, here's a rundown of my August stats:

Week 14: 08/02/13
Original Weight: 312.0 lbs
Today's Weight: 291.2 lbs
Week's Change: -1.4 lbs
Total Loss: -20.8 lbs
 Week 15: 08/09/13

Original Weight: 312.0 lbs
Today's Weight: 288.4 lbs
Week's Change: -2.8 lbs
Total Loss: -23.6 lbs
Week 16: 08/16/13
Original Weight: 312.0 lbs
Today's Weight: 289.4 lbs
Week's Change: +1.0 lbs
Total Loss: -22.6 lbs
Week 17: 08/23/13

Original Weight: 312.0 lbs
Today's Weight: 287.6 lbs
Week's Change: -1.8 lbs
Total Loss: -24.4 lbs
I got the "16 Week Stay and Succeed" clapping hands charm for the 10% keyring I haven't earned yet (if you're unfamiliar with WW, they give out little charms for your keyring at large milestones, like 16 weeks, 25lbs, 50lbs, goal, lifetime, etc. and most people lose 10% of their starting weight BEFORE 16 weeks, but some of us have made math our enemy). I used to be able to give the spiel about why 16 weeks was so important (something about forming healthy habits and a statistic about people being more likely to succeed if they made it to the 16 week mark and yadayadayada), but I annexed that brain space for useless presidential trivia. But I'm sure it's very important and hey, everyone clapped for me and it felt good, especially since I was supposed to be at 25 pounds lost on that date and instead had gained a pound. Also, this gaining-for-no-discernible-reason BS is for the birds.

So I'm a few weeks behind on my made-up and slightly arbitrary date goals (I should be at 10%--or 31 pounds--lost this coming Friday and instead I'm not even to 25 yet) and that's frustrating. But the overall trend is still downward, so I keep reminding myself that it's working and the time is going to pass anyway, so I might as well use it to try to lose weight.

Also, people have all of a sudden started noticing. Three people in one week stopped to ask me if I had lost weight or, if they already knew I was doing WW, to say that they could see it working. That was incredibly encouraging. The next week, even *I* started seeing it in the mirror. It helps that I hacked off a ton of my hair right around that time and was loving that new look, so everything in the mirror looked pretty rosy for a while.

Some of my clothes are too large already, which is much earlier than this happened the last time I made my trek down from 300+ pounds. My natural waist is the first place I lose wight (my stomach is the very last place, which makes pants fantastically frustrating), so lots of my shirts are fitting differently. Sadly, this is relegating a lot of my shirts to the Stupid Shirt department (AKA, the far end of my closet where they will never be accidentally selected and then fussed over all day in a bothersome and stupid manner), so I'll need to find a thrift store soon. OR a cheap outlet. Pants remain obnoxious--I think I'm a 21 right now. My 22s fit really well the first few hours out of the drier, but are falling down by the end of the day. But my 20s are barely buttoning and, whooooboy, you do not want to see that mess right now. So that's helpful.

Other than that, I just keep trucking along. I'm trying hard to buy and eat different things each week, because I am very rut-prone. But I also know what I like and, when the schedule gets crunched, I gravitate toward what I know. I'm still paying for my gym membership and I have not gone since mid-July. It's only $19 per month, but I gave up weekly lattes to justify it and now I have no lattes AND I'm out $19 a month. So I either need to call and quit the gym or I need to get off my tuchas and go. We'll see if either of those things happen in reality. I served at church last Sunday as a stage manager and had to run up two flights of stairs multiple times, and my muscles burned by the end of the day. So I figure maybe I don't need to pay $19/month and instead should just find a friendly and cheap staircase.

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