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, October 11, 2014

Week #7 Weigh-In

8/24/14 Starting Weight: 347.8 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 319.2 lbs
Current Weight: 315.9 lbs
Period Weight Loss: 3.3 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 31.9 lbs
I have a confession to make... If you read my last post you know that I struggled early in the week leading up to a small binge on Wednesday evening.  On Thursday morning I couldn't contain myself; I needed to know how much damage I caused.  I got on the scale and it said I had gained 3 pounds!  Now I knew that a lot of that was just water retention; when you drink 8 pounds of water each day and then eat some salty snacks in the evening, you are bound to hold some extra water.  

My last post was all about me mentally preparing myself for my first gain since I started.  I've said it before, weight loss is not linear and I know that I've personally derailed myself many times from that first week that the scale doesn't agree with you.  Much to my surprise, I did not need the preparation (well, just yet anyway).  I had no idea that two days later I would be 6 pounds lighter!  Clearly I was retaining some water from earlier in the week.  This is a great example of how the scale can fluctuate wildly just over the course of a couple days. 

  1. Stress is triggering some bad eating habits
  2. Not enough exercise
  3. Lost control a little on Sunday (unrestricted day)
  4. Got on the scale on Thursday because I was struggling
  1. I made a great recovery after struggling early in the week
  2. Played basketball with the kids 3 times for some fun exercise
  3. Still drinking plenty of water
  4. Learning from my mistakes instead of letting them beat me down
Week #7 was a week of learning more about me.  I learned a little about my willpower limits as well as how stress is affecting me.  I also learned about my own weight fluctuations.  Imagine if I had let the scale reading on Thursday get to me.  Clearly I was retaining water a little.  Come to think of it, imagine if I was retaining water on one of my Saturday weigh-ins.  Imagine how it could derail my entire week.  I'm proud of the fact that I didn't fold when the scale didn't read what I liked; when it happened I made a choice to fight instead of running for the hills (small victory #22).  Now if I can just figure out how to stay off the scale...
 Stay Strong!


  1. Congrats on the loss FD! Keep it up!

  2. I weigh every morning. LOL I loved this post. I'm so glad we can slip up and still recover. Great job!

    1. I used to weigh every morning too, but then started to realize just how much it was affecting my mood! I'm actually thinking about going every 2 weeks, but haven't decided for sure.

  3. You are doing great! Are you still carb cycling, and if so how is that going?

    1. I am still carb cycling and I love it. My high carb days are Wednesday and Friday. By the time I reach my high carb days I'm craving some carbs. I get carbs every morning for breakfast as well. So far it's working as I had hoped it would.

  4. Congrats FD! You are doing so well. Good for you for not letting the scale get you down.

    1. I'm not letting it get me down, but I'm still obsessing over it. I gotta figure out hoe to let it go. Thanks for reading.

  5. Glad you were able to regroup and not dwell on the extra food! I've had timed where the turnaround was weeks later. Congrats on your loss.