It’s been a month since I started writing about my weight loss again. If I was on The Biggest Loser, I would be reporting a 50-pound loss right about now. And possibly crying because Jillian is so mean to me.
But I’m not.
No cameras track my every move. No huge loss. No tears shed.
I don’t have an up-to-date weight, either, seeing as how I’m on the road — Boston today, New York yesterday, Chicago tomorrow — and didn’t pack my bathroom scale for this business trip. For that matter, I didn’t pack my VISA card that hasn’t expired or a debit card, either. Always an adventure.
Before flying to NYC on Monday, I did weigh myself at home. The numbers then: 267.0.
That’s a loss of 1.6 pounds in the five days since my previous Weigh-In Wednesday. I’ll happily take that, especially considering Thursday was Halloween and I traveled to Phoenix over the weekend.
For those who haven’t been stalking me while I’ve weighed weekly in my bathroom, I’ve dropped 4.1 pounds over the past month since beginning this blog. I’m about 18 pounds less than a couple of months ago and 104 LBS lighter than my all-time high of 371.
I’m only 5-7 tall (a towering 5-8 in shoes!), so my current weight keeps me well within the morbidly obese range. It also has me in XXL shirts, some that are still tight, and size 44 pants. Thanks for asking.
Even though I’m still about 100 pounds overweight, I do like the direction I’m heading. My October results weren’t eye popping, but some of my decisions have been surprisingly good.
• I traveled to Phoenix on Friday morning instead of on Thursday so I could spend Halloween with my kids. My sister-in-law was in town and three of our four kids were born in November, so we added a birthday party to the trick-or-treating festivities. I allowed myself to have ice cream and a piece of cake, but I was much less of a pig about it than my soon-to-be-1-year-old son. The sweetest victory? I made a goal to not eat any Halloween candy. On Sunday, I had a few licks of a caramel-apple sucker my daughter got in her goody bag, but that was it. The kids were thrilled to not face dad’s traditional trick-or-treating toll.
Oh yeah, and I went to a very cool restaurant in Phoenix called “The Arrogant Butcher” but somehow willed myself into only ordering minestrone soup and a salad with beets, kale, pomegranate and a cider vinaigrette that somehow tasted amazing together.
• My breakfasts have been either oatmeal with fruit, egg-white sandwiches and/or low-fat yogurt.
• While in New York, I did allow myself to have some of the city’s fine cuisine. Yep, I had pizza! But I opted for one slice of thin-crust chicken pie. I ate it with an orange and Diet Coke to make it even healthier. That night, I also tried a funky Sicilian arancini rice ball and an even funkier waffle chicken sandwich with pear sauce (yum!) at some food tents set up on Broadway. The portions were small and I resisted the urge to have seconds or to get dessert. And, trust me, the cannoli was calling my name!
• I ordered pork ribs at a place called The Smoke Joint in Brooklyn. (Don’t worry. Smoking real joints isn’t legal in New York.) A BBQ spot isn’t ideal for a diet, sure. But I left one savory and succulent rib on the plate as a small dieting victory. And I only ordered a half of a rack. I also didn’t lick my plate clean. I didn’t have any cornbread or rolls, either. I should’ve been given a medal to wear around my neck like the proud runners who did the New York Marathon. My best choice at the highly recommended hole in the wall? I didn’t order The JOINT Dog, which is dubbed “the best hot dog in Brooklyn” and includes your choice of pulled pork, beef or chicken, sauce and fixings on top of the bun and frankfurter. Is it bad to make that hot dog the reward for hitting my 100-pound weight-loss goal?
• I still need to hit the hotel gyms for some weightlifting while I’m away the rest of this week, but I’ve walked multiple miles on this road trip. Walking around at night is one of my favorite things to do in New York City (some fun stories to be included in a future Man vs. Travel blog). I certainly wore a layer off of the bottoms of my shoes in the Big Apple.
I’m proud of any dieting wins on the road. Staying healthy while on the road is a major challenge for me, especially when work is picking up the dinner tab and you want to try tasty food from different parts of the country. But that last victory was probably my favorite. In the long term, I think focusing on actively doing good things for my body and mind will pay off much more than always thinking of avoiding bad things.
Starting weight: 271.1 (all-time high: 371)
This week’s results: Lost 1.6 pounds
Current weight: 267.0
Goal weight: 171
BMI: 41.8 (morbidly obese range)
Quote on my mind: “Leaving one rib on the plate makes this a diet meal, right?” — Someone’s thought recently after eating at The Smoke Joint in Brooklyn