Monday’s Weight Loss Confession

2391334189_d61c947cbc Oh, the manipulations we weave on the path to weight loss. 

I had a feeling on Sunday I was going to relax a bit on the eating and exercise thing. And of course I did, because I went to the Star Trek movie, (loved it!) and had movie theater popcorn and potato chips with my home grilled hamburger for dinner. A salt and fat orgy.

So I weighed myself Saturday morning instead of this morning figuring I have a week to make up for Sunday's indulgences. Saturday I was feeling pretty good about myself and I didn't want to lose that feeling.

So on Saturday I weighed 154 lbs and lost another 3/4 inches from my waist (33.75)!

How do you like that? Half a pound lost since last week. Not a lot, but the article Maria provided about lean muscle weighing more per volume of fat helped. My waist measure keeps going in the right direction, plus my clothes are perceptively looser. The best thing is I just plain feel better.

The challenge this week is to continue to:

  • Step up my workouts: intense 45 minutes at least 4 times a week with lighter workouts (20 minutes of yoga or horseback riding) twice a week.
  • Stop eating around 7:30 or at least two hours before going to bed.
  • Try to apply the hunger scale and stop eating when I've reached a 5.
  • Pay greater attention to the quality of my food.

I feel the need to cut out all salty snacks and sweets just for the week as an experiment. We'll see how that goes.

The hunger scale thing could do better, too. Research says that we humans are programmed to keep eating once we've started and, boy oh boy, I know what they mean. Not eating isn't as hard for us as stopping once we've gotten started. It really sucks when our brain is our own enemy

The few times I've shoved my plate away with food still on it I gave myself major snaps for doing the right thing despite the devil whispering to me about being wasteful. Will this ever get easier?

Just for fun. Were you disappointed that Helen won Biggest Loser? There's a lot of chatter on the blogs about how she looked too skinny and how people don't like her much because she appears self-centered. One commenter couldn't get over how Helen 'threw her daughter under the bus.' Something about her bugs me too, but I feel like a petty bitch mentioning it. I was rooting for Tara.

Puzzled about Helen's win? Here's a fun activity to distract us from our weight woes, provided to us by Janice Taylor, Our Lady of Weight Loss. Enjoy!

Photo courtesy of lobstar28 via Flickr


  • SD

    Dr Aletta,
    Congratulations on your weight loss and inch loss. I too had a bad Sunday. It must be something about the day. Maybe weight loss needs a day off as long as you don’t go completely overboard. Some popcorn and a few chips. For me it was Chocolate Cream Pie. I know better than to go to Wegmans hungry. I am back on track today.

  • I hope you really enjoyed that pie!
    I know someone who lost a lot of weight by being very disciplined during the week and giving herself one ‘day off’ to have something wicked like a cheeseburger or an ice cream sundae or a personal pizza or…you get the picture.
    I am not a deprivation kind of girl. I know myself enough to know there is no way I’m going into a movie theater without my popcorn (no butter, but I never liked buttered popcorn anyway so no sacrifice there). Do what works for you but make it work!
    And, yes, stay out of Wegman’s if you’re hungry even if you have to stop at the cafe and have a lean salad before shopping. Good for you for getting back on track. Remember, one day at a time.

  • Wow! It’s great to hear that you were able to lose body weight and that too within a very short period of time. Even I used to relax in weekend, staying away from gym and having chips and burger. The result is same as of yours so now I’m in diet in all the seven days of the week.

  • Dear Eat Smart!
    Thank you for your comment. Sometimes I feel I am loosing weight VERY SLOWLY but then I remind myself that slow may mean it will be permanent weight loss.
    I dropped in on your web site, very interesting! Being Italian by marriage I love the Mediterranean regimen. I will visit again.
    Dr. Aletta

  • I recently came across your blog because i’ve been reading a lot about Weight Loss Tips and Bodybuilding Supplements. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

  • Its nice that you have made a schedule to follow with regards to you weight loss program and its very simple and not hard to follow but to do this one must have discipline to achieve their goal.

  • I’ve only just stumbled across this site. What an amazing resource for life! Really enjoyed the tips from Mark Twain. I suspect he saw life a little differently from the rest of us.

  • interesting blog, i really learnt a lot from you… i got to know a lot ways of eating healthy from your blog… I would appreciate if i could get a time table to healthy food i can eat to keep me healthy

  • Hi,i’m from Italy and i love to discover new blogs and sites.
    Thanks for your articles.
    To Your Success

  • Thank you all for stopping by! I love hearing from readers and your comments are most welcome. Come back early and often!

  • Eating the right foods is just as important as proper exercise. It is my experience that if you don’t keep the junk food in the house you are more likely not to eat it, so go to your fridge and cupboards and dump anything that is not healthy.


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