thoughts so far

As of this morning, I’ve lost 15.8 pounds.

I’m still pretty stunned that I’m actually doing this successfully.  A few people have asked what I’ve been doing so for anyone curious, this is basically what it is:

1) Tracking everything I eat on the LoseIt application on my iPod touch.

2) Going for a long walk and/or exercise at the gym every day.

3) Weighing myself every morning.

4) Mostly eating food I bring from home.

That’s basically it.  The program has me eating around net 1500 calories/day.  It counts net calories as calories eaten minus calories burned during exercise (not including the resting metabolic rate).  I usually find it more than enough calories but occasionally (on about 5 days so far) I’ve gone into the “Red Zone” which means having too many calories.  On those days I’ve had to decide whether to stay out of the Red Zone or go ahead and eat something else.  I actively go ahead and chose to eat what I wanted figuring that going 100 calories over on a couple of days is completely worth feeling non-deprived about this “diet.”

I think one of the reasons it’s been easy for me to stay within my calories is that I decided early on to stop buying food on campus–now about 95% of what I eat is food I bring from home.  I go grocery shopping on the weekends, and as soon as I get home, I chop up all of my vegetables so they’re easy to grab.  Then for the whole week, I bring all of my food with me to school.  So as long as I have the willpower to buy healthy food on the weekend, I can pretty much turn my brain off the rest of the week and just grab food from the fridge.  I spend a lot of time on campus so having all those meals in my backpack is really important for me.  I think it’d be WAY harder if I had to have enough willpower to make a healthy choice every time I go to buy a meal.

I’m kind of surprised to discover how much I’m enjoying exercising!  I thought I was going to have to force myself to go to the gym but I find myself actually really looking forward to it!  Or if I can’t make it to the gym or I can’t afford to be very sweaty in the middle of the day I go for a nice long walk.  Very nice.  I think partly it’s because my right knee started hurting a couple of weeks ago which hurt like hell and made it harder for me to be as active as I wanted, so now that it’s doing quite a bit better I feel lucky to be able to move more freely.

I’m also a bit worried that I’m losing the weight too quickly.  I’ve lost almost five pounds each week, which is a lot more than my goal of 1.5 pounds a week.  The worry is, if I lose it too quickly, will I gain it back quickly?  I think in most cases, when people lose weight quickly it’s because they are depriving themselves and so then they can’t (and shouldn’t) maintain those eating and exercise habits long-term, so they gain the weight back.  But I honestly am not having trouble eating around 1500 calories per day and doing some exercise most days.  I think since it’s still a reasonable amount this is sustainable.

I’ve had quite a few people tell me that I look thinner.  Sometimes I don’t see it when I look in the mirror, but I usually do.  I feel like I have more confidence already.  It’s not necessarily that being a bit slimmer makes me more confident; I think it’s that following through on a goal about how I want my body to change makes me feel mentally and physically confident.

Well those are my thoughts so far.  My first goal was to lose 24.6 pounds.  Of that, I’ve lost 15.8.  I have 8.8 pounds to go.  At first my plan was to take a break after I reach my first goal, but there are two problems with that 1) maintaining my weight for a while means upping my calories, but that would feel weird because I feel like I’m eating the perfect amount right now and 2) I am a person who tends to lose motivation if I take a break from something.  So I’m not sure yet.  Soon though I’ll decide what to do, but I’m leaning towards diving right into a new goal of losing more.


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I've been writing about my weight loss (-100lbs, now just -80 bc of regain) for years. Now I also write about science. Find me at and say hi.

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