My Body is a Jerk!


It’s been two weeks since my last post and during that time I have learned that my body is a real jerk! It has managed to show me who is in control and insists upon wanting me to fall just short of my expectations and desires.

Two weeks ago I started the week with incredibly high expectations. I had just lost 8.6 pounds the week before and I was certain that if I just ratcheted my workouts up a notch I could lose even more weight during that week. As always my diet was spot on and I was obsessive hitting the gym for six straight nights. And as a reward for my efforts my body only gave up 1.4 pounds! That’s right- a whopping 22 ounces!

While I wasn’t thrilled I was still happy with some weight loss. I also took comfort in the knowledge that I was very close to hitting the 50 pounds lost mark and that was on my mind as my target goal all week. I see 50 pounds lost as being a large milestone and it was within reach. I worked out hard all week and of course ate right and was sure I would get there. With great excitement I jumped on the scale this morning looking for that magical awe inspiring 50 pound mark- and what did I lose in total? 49.8 pounds! If these two weeks don’t prove that my body is a jerk then I don’t know what does!

So as I head into week 13 I’m looking forward to not one but two potential milestones next week. I could indeed pass the 50 pound mark and if the jerk lets me I could break into the 240’s as well.

Below is the spreadsheet tracking my process so far:

Last

This

Pounds Lost

Total

% Weight

Week

Week

Week

This Week

Pounds Lost

Loss to Date

1

303

294

9

9

2.97%

2

294

287.2

6.8

15.8

5.37%

3

287.2

284.6

2.6

18.4

6.41%

4

284.6

279.4

5.2

23.6

8.29%

5

279.4

276.8

2.6

26.2

9.38%

6

276.8

272

4.8

31

11.20%

7

272

269.8

2.2

33.2

12.21%

8

269.8

266.8

3

36.2

13.42%

9

266.8

266.6

0.2

36.4

13.64%

10

266.6

258

8.6

45

16.88%

11

258

256.6

1.4

46.4

17.98%

12

256.6

253.2

3.4

49.8

19.41%

 

General observations:

 

Overall I am very, very happy with my progress so far. If anyone had told my 303 pound self twelve weeks ago that I would have been where I am today I would have questioned their sanity. Sadly I let myself get to the point where I still have about 50 pounds to go but I am absolutely certain that I will get there. Even if I could average 2.5 pounds per week lost from this point on I would be there in just 20 weeks.

That which is both frustrating and exciting are the challenges I am having with clothes now. Everything from 12 weeks ago is way to big now. My pants look like clown pants and my shirts are huge. This has created a lot of extra expense which is frustrating because I’ll be in the same position when I lose the next 50 pounds!

 

Every day it becomes more and more clear to me that this process is far more about the exercise of the mind rather than that of the body. Personal focus and clarity of mind and goals must come first and then the nutrition, diet and body will follow.

An example occurred last night. Short story is that there was a family medical emergency with my Dad that had me traveling out of state to a hospital and back in the same day with about seven hours in the car. It was a miserable day in every aspect and I didn’t get home until 9:45 pm. Few people would have faulted me for calling it a day but I have made a conscious effort to give up on excuses. I am fat and no longer desire to be so and there’s only one person that can change that. Me! By 10pm I was down at the gym and did not get back home until midnight.  It sucked like a Dyson but it was simultaneously exhilarating to have punched another excuse in the face!

So on to week 13. On to the 50+ pound mark. On to the 240’s. And if that jerk gets in my way again he’s going to suffer the fate as my excuses.

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