About Fogdog's Weight Loss

Don't Focus on the Goal...

If you've followed this blog you know that I've struggled for many years with improving my health. I've finally reached a point where I've managed to maintain a small amount of success. Now it's time to take the next step, but I believe it requires a new way of thinking.

Instead of trying to get healthy, why not shift focus toward learning how to build healthy habits instead. Follow me as I try to teach myself how to Engineer healthy habits that will allow me to take my health to the next level. Let's see where this experiment goes!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Weigh-in #1 - September 6, 2014

8/24/14 Starting Weight: 347.8 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 347.8 lbs
Current Weight: 336 lbs
Period Weight Loss: 11.8 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 11.8 lbs
I have to admit I'm quite impressed with this result.  Remember I went on vacation for 4 days during this period and I still managed to lose a great deal of weight.  Of course, this isn't my first weight loss rodeo; I know that some of this is water weight, but I'll take it.  It's definitely a great start!
Some highlights from the last two weeks:
  1. I decided to start my transformation a week early despite knowing I was going on vacation
  2. I tried to take it one day at a time and focused on the mental part of losing weight more than the physical
  3. I turned down a huge homemade chocolate muffin at work (small victory #4)
  4. I started getting up at 5AM to exercise
  5. I exercised on the NJ Turnpike
  6. I turned down going out to lunch twice in favor of sticking to my plan (small victories #5, and #6)
  7. After my vacation I caught a stomach virus and missed a day of work.  The perfect excuse to go off plan (but I didn't)
  8. After declaring on this blog that I need to get moving more, I spent the next day doing more work than I had in a long time

Of course, it's not all sunshine and lollipops, some lowlights:
  1. I used being sick as an excuse not to get up at 5AM for 2 days
  2. I made a few questionable choices during vacation
  3. Mentally, I'm still don't completely believe in myself yet (though this result helps)

This has been a great start to my transformation.  The road ahead of me is going to be long and tough and I know it. For me the hardest part will be maintaining the mental fortitude.  Though I'm not a big fan of scales and numbers, today's weigh-in is a nice little boost to my confidence. 

Stay Strong!


  1. Congratulations FD! Not only is your loss great, but the fact that you started your transformation knowing you were going on vacation is a huge win. You definitely had more highs than lows last week, and that is what it is all about. Stay strong is right!

    1. It was hard, I had to put aside those thought of "one last unhealthy weekend" but I'm glad I did it. Thanks for the support!

  2. Hey, congrats! And as for not getting up at 5m when you were sick - if you were actually sick, that IS what you are supposed to do. Your body needs rest to fight and get healthy. So, I wouldn't count that against yourself.

    1. Thanks Kyra, I didn't beat myself up over it too much.

  3. Congratulations on the loss! Stay strong and consistent no matter what life cones up with. Good luck!

  4. Great work! And I know it was work. Weight loss like that doesn't just happen by itself. Awesome.

    1. It's a great start; I'm definitely excited, but cautious because I've been here before. Just one day at a time. Unrestricted day today, I need to be reasonable. Thanks for following!

  5. Great job!!! I think the believing in yourself comes and go. One day at a time :)

    1. That's it! One day at a time. When I find myself thinking too far ahead I get frustrated with how long it will take. Thanks for reading!

  6. Excellent blog! I am glad you found my page so I could find you!

    1. I'm always scouring the 'sphere looking for different persepectives. By sharing our knowledge, we all win! Thanks for reading.