My Public Display of Dieting – Week 13

April 5, 2016

RESULTS: Lost 1 pound for a total loss of 15 pounds!

j0227558I'm so amazed! I'm 30% of the way to my goal two weeks ahead of schedule! Woohoo!!!

Part of what has me amazed is that I'm losing weight even now that I've reintroduced sugar back into my diet. (We gave up sweets for Lent.) I've had Easter egg colored peanut butter M&M'S, Reese's peanut butter eggs, dark chocolate almond bark, and more. Of course, what that means is that I haven't been eating as healthy since all that candy takes up a good chunk of my daily calories.

The good news is that my stomach is protesting bringing the sugar back. So starting today, I'm going to try to figure out how to only have some once or twice a week instead of every day. Plus, I bought some more salad and veggies this weekend and that has tasted remarkably delicious. 🙂

My friend Kathleen reminded me this weekend that bicycling can burn up almost twice the amount of calories as walking or jogging, so John and I went for a bike ride at dawn yesterday. It was super nice but I was surprised at how tired I was most of the rest of the day. That's not good for my productivity, so I'll have to figure out how to balance the exercise and my work.

Meanwhile, I'm super excited!! I'm doing it! I'm actually achieving my goal of losing 50 pounds in 50 weeks! I have only gained weight the last few years, so it's shocking to find myself with the willpower to make this happen. The weight I'm at today used to be my record high weight for ten or so years. (The last really successful weight loss I achieved was 18 pounds in 11 weeks, and I kept that weight off for 8-10 years.) So it's weird to have gained and now finally lost fifteen pounds to be back to that former “highest weight” and be happy. But that's how I feel – happy to watch this number go by on my way down.  🙂

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