About Fogdog's Weight Loss

STARTING OVER (AGAIN)...

Through failure we learn to succeed! This is a blog about fighting back. It's about picking yourself up off the floor, dusting yourself off, and getting right back in there. It's about holding yourself accountable, having the right mindset, and learning to live a healthy lifestyle.

I have failed more times than I can count. I've reached a point in my life where I've decided that giving up is no longer an option. I've decided to devote 360 days toward my health and well being in the hopes that I can turn my life around.

Join me as I take the journey and try to stay on the path. Learn from me through my successes and failures, and help me learn from you. As one blog I am weak, but as a community we are very strong. Let's Succeed Together!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Day #83 - End of Month Results and a New Challenge

It wasn't until I started putting my numbers into my spreadsheet that I realized this was the end of my first month of tracking my weight loss.  January and February were all about smoking and drinking; March was all about the weight (and no smoking and drinking too).

This morning I was pleasantly surprised to see another 2.5 pound loss for the week.  I started the month at 348 and finished at 337... A very respectable 11 pounds lost so far!

I also tallied up my second week of scores on my "healthy living index".  My first week I scored 6.4; this week I scored a 6.9.  A little improvement, but more importantly, consistent with the previous week's score.

This month I really have felt like I've turned a corner.  I feel like I'm heading into spring and summer firing on all cylinders and I'm starting to get excited about what I might be able to accomplish... I think I might be starting to believe!

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So now I need to turn to a new challenge for this week.  Unfortunately, Mrs. FogDog did not do so well this week posting a gain of 1 pound.  For the month she lost a respectable 3 pounds... a good pace for someone who only needs to lose about 40 pounds.  From the moment she got off the scale I could see she was discouraged.  She ate well all week, but last week she lost a bunch of weight and my belief is that her fluctuations are more about water.  Like I said she lost 3 pounds for the month.

Anyway, this event presents us with our first challenge... Staying the course.

This has been our pattern for as long as I can remember: We start eating healthier and we start losing weight.  Then one of us has a "bad" day and finds an excuse to do "bad" things (remember my trip to Chinese buffet this week?).  Usually we recover, but the from that one of us has a "bad" week and gets discouraged.  That person then proceeds to "drag down" the other person because misery loves company.  The other person joins in the spiral downward,  and a bad week for one then turns into a second bad week, but this time for two.  From there it just all falls apart and we end up back where we started and depressed.  Mind you, all of this happens on a subconscious level, it's not intentional sabotage.  One begins to sink and it becomes a convenient "excuse" for the other to follow behind.

So my new challenge for this week is to help Mrs. FogDog stay the course.  I need to not give her any excuses for having a second bad week.  I need to help her understand that the number from this week doesn't match the effort.  From a percentage-wise she's lost 2% of her weight where I have lost 3%.  She only weighs 160 and wants to get to 120.  that's less than a pound each week to hit her goal within a year.  My personal belief is that she should only weigh in once each month but you know how it is, especially when you have a husband dropping several pounds each week, you want to see results and it's hard to stay off the scale.

So this week we are going to break the cycle.  If I have to I'll be strong for the both of us and help her get past her discouraged feelings so that next Saturday she sees a better number.  We are both aware of the pattern which is the first step to beating it. 

Stay Strong!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Day #82 - The Sound of Breaking Habits

Do you hear that?  It's the sound of me breaking one of my habits.  I drink every weekend without exception; sometimes just a little and sometimes way too much.  Last weekend was the first weekend this year that I didn't drink.  It was hard; much harder than it should have been.  The habit was incredibly strong as it usually gave me a signal of the end of another stressful week.  It became part of my weekly routine and with it came absolutely no chance of ever getting control of my weight as even the hardest work during the week was quickly erased by a few bad choices.

Usually by noon on Friday I'm already thinking about having a few stiff drinks.  Today, not so much.  In fact, the thought of drinking didn't even enter my mind until I got to the barbershop after work (it's not far from the liquor store),  When I had that realization I felt a sense of accomplishment.  It's only the second weekend but the habit is already starting to fade.  I have no desire to drink tonight.

Even as I sit here typing and can hear all three of my daughters all fighting and yelling at each other  while Mrs. FogDog is joining the fray as well (I think I'll just stay out of it), I'm sitting here calmly realizing that I don't need a drink to feel better, I need to keep breaking bad habits to feel better!

Today was good end to my week; I finished it off by sticking to my eating plan and getting my gallon of water in.  Looking back it's been a pretty good week with only a few mishaps.  I weigh-in tomorrow and to be honest I am fearing the scale a little.  I earned about 1-2 pounds of weight loss but I'm fearful that I already saw this week's number in last week's 7 pounds.  Oh well, the number will read what it reads.  I also get to tally up my health rating points from the scoring system I created.  Yes, I can see some of you rolling your eyes, but I'm an Engineer; we love to come up with clever ways to measure things that can't be measured easily.  Thanks for all the support from the community, until then...

Stay Strong!