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Weekly Weigh-In

on February 17, 2012

I’m still fighting with the scale or at least fighting with my urge to weigh myself every single day.  I justify it a lot by saying that I need to see the weight loss to keep motivated.  Honestly, I could still get that motivation if I cut back.  Focusing on the numbers is not healthy for me.  Sticking with the plan, the program, and retraining myself to the new way of eating matters the most.

So, I’ve decided to report my weight loss only once a week on Fridays.  As of this morning, I’m down 40 pounds!  That’s 40 pounds in five weeks.  Remember that I was on full liquids for two weeks before my surgery on January 25th and dropped 20 pounds.  They came back in the disguise of water weight and swelling with the operation so I had to lose them again in the following week.  However, since then another 20 have come off.

I feel terrific.  Even this change makes a difference in my clothes, my mobility, and my energy.

I’m increasingly more bored with the full liquid diet but now I’m counting down one more week before I can expand to pureed foods.  One more week, one day at a time.  I can do this!  The weight loss so far will remind me that it’s all worth the effort!

8 responses to “Weekly Weigh-In

  1. Toni Andrews says:

    Mary Stella, as a person who generally sees you once or twice a year (and thus notices the ups and downs), I can’t WAIT to see you next time.

    I just came across this blog after ALL KEYED UP was featured on DailyCheapReads.com.

    Success is a great motivator.

    Late last year, when it turned out my body had, apparently, pretty much ceased producing seratonin, I started a depression recovery program, because I did not want to get on the pharmaceutical merry-go-round. Among other things, the program recommended a whole foods vegan diet.

    It took me about 90 days to transition (the last thing to go was cream for my coffee) and, over that tie, my concentration, mood, and focus dramatically improved. As did a lot of physical complaints that, until they eased, I hadn’t really realized how bad they had gotten.

    But I was so hoping that, although it wasn’t my goal for the program, that weight loss would just sort of happen organically.

    Alas, no.

    Apparently, (freshly ground) peanut butter and (100% fruit) jelly sandwiches on (100% whole grain) bread are not a food group and, even though calories aren’t empty, they’re still calories.

    So, phase 2: More greens! Luckily, I love them.

    I will be your long distance health buddy.


    -P.S. Here’s to cute shoes! And shopping in the regular clothiing section. And sitting cross legged. And getting up from the floor without transitioning from a kneeling position. And…

    • Mary Stella says:

      Hi, Toni! I’ve seen your posts about the vegan meals and wondered. I work with several non-meat eaters and a couple of vegans. Talk about disciplined! I’m such a carnivore I don’t think I could do it. Good for you, however, for identifying what you and your body need and going for it.

      Keep in touch and we’ll see how our journies progress!

  2. lunarmom says:

    I have a very unhealthy relationship with my scale too. But, I wonder if some of us actually DO need those numbers? It’s something to keep us accountable maybe.

    Great progress! Looking forward to reports of smaller feet and lower digits. And hey, pureed foods in week, now there’s somethin’ to look forward to!

  3. Judie says:

    Wow!! Congratulations that is freaking awesome!!

  4. Lorie says:

    I’m nearly 8 weeks out and I still struggle with not looking at the scale everyday. I like seeing progress. I also like to take pictures at the gym every week, front, profile, backside. My friends/family see it in my face/jawline and I love feeling it in my clothes. Have your feet started shrinking yet? That’s the wildest thing!

    • Mary Stella says:

      I SO hope that my feet shrink! I’ve always had wide feet, even as a kid, but in recent years it’s been increasingly more difficult to wear even double-Es because of the way my feet have grown out. Thank you for giving me hope! LOL Keep up the good work!

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