Weight Loss Progress – Week 17

I started this year weighing 220.0 pounds (15 stone 10.0 pounds, 99.8 kg). Last week, I weighed 206.0 pounds (14 stone 10.0 pounds, 93.4 kg). This week, I weigh 205.9 pounds (14 stone 9.9 pounds, 93.4 kg). That's a tiny loss of 0.1 pounds, or hardly-worth-mentioning in kg! Total weight loss so far is 14.1 pounds or 6.4 kg (16.3 pounds, 1 stone 2.3 pounds, or 7.4 kg since Christmas). My original waist measurement was 45″, last week it was 39.0″ and this week it is the same. That is a total loss so far of 6.0″ (all rounded to nearest half inch).

Weight loss before and after photos - end of week 17

Exercise for week: A 3 or 4 mile stroll and a hilly 5 or 6 mile walk. I did a very hilly bike ride (about 33 miles).

I went over my alcohol quota again this past week and it cancelled out nearly all of my good work watching my food intake and exercising.

Here is the current OJ-ometer!

Verdict on week, once more – food intake good, exercise okay, too much beer.

Blimey – it's almost as if I've given up on losing weight! When I look back to January, my progress since then looks painfully slow. Well, this is an honest account of my attempt to lose weight. I've shown that I can do it when I put my mind to it. My body isn't the problem, my attitude to beer is, or rather, my turning to it whenever I feel stressed, which is most of the time. It's easier to chill out with a chilled beer, than it is to sort out the problems causing the stress. It's the same with many people and food. Comfort eating. I do comfort drinking but it amounts to the same thing.

Oh well, keep on keeping on…

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4 Responses to “Weight Loss Progress – Week 17”

  1. Keep it up.
    I’m finding this blog highly motivational

  2. Thanks for that redbikes.

    I’m just annoyed with myself for not making more rapid progress when I know that I can. Still, my fitness is coming on so it will be there waiting when the slim body finally arrives! 😉

  3. Sorry, I left a comment on an old week before but I think you read it anyway. You mentioned upper body strength, try going to you loacla climbing wall. Climbing is a brilliant sport and if you take to it you will be come very, very strong very quickly. It is also infinitely more rewarding than going to a gym. You will gain muscle and therefore weight so you will learn more from your waiste measurements. My routine involves 5 dyas a week doing an 8 mile commute on bike, then return journey. 2 times a three hour climbing session, one 40 min swim, then either a long walk, a long bike ride or more climbing at the weekend. I may also do some running depending how I feel. I drink beer as well but I would suggest substituting for red wine as much as possible. Once my weight loss slowed down I started looking at controlling my carbs a lot more. Initially I just cut out fats and sugar drastically and that works well for about 5 weeks. Another good tip is have a day when you eat whatever you want, this tricks your metabolism and helps stop it from slowing down too much. All the best mate your doing really well.

  4. Hi again Ian.

    I can really see the attraction of climbing but I have absolutely no head for heights so I’ve never considered doing it! I know it would be safe with the ropes, but it’s just one of those things that I don’t have any control over. I’ve seen some really impressive feats of strength by climbers. We have quite a few old quarries round here which are popular for climbing and bouldering.

    Also, as I’ve mentioned on the blog – my hips are on the way out so I have to be really careful what I do with my legs. I’m okay cycling long distances and riding up hills in low gears but anything that involves using a lot of force, impacts or sideways movements of my legs (as opposed to the backwards and forwards of cycling and walking) causes me a lot of discomfort. I’ve had to give up running and I even struggled with a breaststroke kick last time I went swimming.

    Your routine sounds really good. I definitely need more variety in what I do.

    I must admit that I don’t find going to gyms much fun either but I’ve got a chin-up & dip station at home which I can use. The only trouble is – I’m too heavy/weak to do those exercises at the moment. Last time I was slim, I really got into them and my upper body was fine then.

    I’d be okay with moderate beer drinking, but it’s been fairly heavy for a few months now so I need to cut down.

    I don’t have much will power and find wine drinking too tempting! I could quite easily knock back a bottle, and then I’d start feeling tempted to start a second one or have a couple of beers as well. At least beer is bulky so drinking a lot of it is harder to do.

    I don’t have a whole ‘cheat’ day but I do allow myself a couple of cheat meals a week. I’m treating a friend to a birthday curry next week and I’ll have one too. I won’t go over the top with it though. I used to eat a whole garlic naan and a portion onion bhajis plus other sundries as well as the curry and rice but we’ll share them this time.

    Thanks for the encouragement. I’ve got some really tough cycling planned for June and July and I’d like to get at least another 10 pounds off before then.

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