July 14, 2021

Week 7 Wednesday Weigh-In


Isn't that yellow shirt super cute? It's a loose cotton knit, so it's breezy and cool for warm weather, but I like that it covers my arms (the extra weight, PLUS my loose skin makes me self-conscious).

We're getting family photos taken at my sister's cabin up north next week and I needed a shirt. We're supposed to coordinate muted colors with our family members. I saw this shirt on clearance and I wanted to use it for photos, but finding a variety of yellow shirts for Jerry and the kids was difficult. So, I bought this same shirt in green and was able to get green shirts for the guys. 

It is so crazy to me that it's already been seven weeks since I started counting calories and the Couch to 5K plan. The time has flown by. Yesterday marked the end of the first month of my 6-Month DietBet. I haven't done my "official" weigh in for that yet, but only because I've had the busiest day ever today. I'll submit it later tonight or tomorrow morning.

So, I decided to finally do a Wednesday Weigh-In like I used to do back in the days when I was losing weight. When my weight is at a standstill or just going up frequently, it's disheartening and quite frankly, embarrassing to keep posting the weigh-ins. I wanted to make sure that I was going to stick with this for the long term before I decided to post them again.

The whole reason I even started all of this (calorie counting, Couch to 5K) was because of my initial DietBet weigh-in. I mentioned before that I was SHOCKED when I got on the scale for that! It scared me into counting calories, actually--I hadn't planned to count calories but when I saw my weight, I knew I had to pull out all the stops.

I want to explain more about the weigh-ins, but first, the actual numbers...

On May 23rd, I weighed in at 197.0. Yes, Friends, you read that correctly. I was almost up to the 200's again.

I remember when I was losing weight and I first weighed in at 199.5 in January 2010. I was ecstatic! To be under 200 was a dream come true. And I promised myself that I would never see the 200's again. Yet, on May 23rd, there I was at 197.0--so close to the 200's.

I signed up for DietBet that day, all set to do my official weigh-in the next morning. On June 24th, I did an initial weigh-in, which was rejected because I was looking at my phone and not the mirror for a scale selfie (they couldn't see my whole face). I had already eaten breakfast and drank quite a bit of water by the time I found out I had to redo it, but I had to take new weigh-in photos. So, my official start weight for DietBet was actually 200.4!

I really did not like that I was starting in the 200's, but I knew that it was higher than my actual weight--I was wearing clothes and I had eaten and drank water. So, for the purposes of my blog weigh-ins, I'm going to count the 197.0 as my official starting weight. If I use 200.4, it will look like I've lost more weight that I actually have.

I immediately got to work with calorie counting and the Couch to 5K. The DietBet didn't officially start until the following day, but I went ahead and started right away because I was horrified at how much weight I'd gained.

Just a week after my initial weigh-in of 197.0, I was at 189.4. I'd lost 7.6 pounds the first week! I didn't do anything drastic--just the same old thing I did before (because it works).

When I post weigh-ins on here, I'm only going to use my morning weight, no clothes, before eating/drinking. It's easier to stay consistent that way. My DietBet weigh-ins are higher because I try to simulate the same conditions as the first weigh-in (after eating and drinking water).

So, here's the rundown:

May 23: 197.0
May 30: 189.4
June 6: 188.0
June 13: 185.8
June 20: 183.4
Wednesday, June 23: 182.4
June 30: 181.0
July 7: 179.6

The first five that I posted above were Sundays, and then I switched to Wednesdays. Which brings us to today. I had a pretty big loss this week...


So, I'm down 20.8 pounds--I'm beyond thrilled with that! I've worked really hard to do it and I'm so glad that my hard work is paying off. I still have a long ways to go, but I feel confident I'll get there.

The best part about the last seven weeks is how much better I feel about myself. Not for the number on the scale, but because I just feel so much more in control. I don't feel disgusted with myself and/or my choices. Running again feels fantastic, even though I'm basically starting from scratch--I feel proud of myself each time I cross off another workout.

I was absolutely dreading our family pictures (and I still am, honestly, haha) but I feel a heck of a lot better about it now than I did 20 pounds ago. I'll be glad to have the pictures, even if I choose not to share them.

So, there you have it--the numbers that have so much power over us, hahaha. I won't be able to post a weigh-in next week because I'll be up north, but I will when I get home.

25 comments:

  1. Katie, thank you for sharing your journey with us. I stepped on the scale yesterday, and found I was hovering right below 300. It snapped me straight, and I just joined a Diet Bet.

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  2. You're doing great!

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  3. Katie, congrats! And thanks for being so brave and sharing all your numbers! I've been a long time fan and read you almost every day. I can relate to so much of what you post, especially your posts from the last few years about how hard it has been to get inspired/motivated to get back on track. I love reading all your posts, but your posts about your weight loss/maintenance journey are why I'm here. Thank you!

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  4. Yes that shirt is super cute! I joined DietBet with you and yesterday was my first win! :D I signed up for the 6 month one so here's to more wins! Thanks so much for sharing all this, you are an inspiration!

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  5. First of congrats on your success this far! Also thank you for being brave enough to share your entire journey with the world...not an easy choice. But in doing so you help so many others who are struggling that life happens and there are so many ups and downs as we venture through. Keep up your great work!

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  6. Do you mind if I join your Wednesday weigh in?! This morning I was 214.2, down from my highest of 217. My immediate goal is to get to 200, but ultimately 155. I am trying to follow an anti inflammatory food plan because of some issues, seeing if it makes a difference. The goal is to cut out as much processed food as possible. You're doing fantastic and it's so good to see you smiling!

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    1. I am at 207 from 217, 227, 200’s since I was 30 years old. Trying so hard to get below 200. And my goal is 150ish. I also have Celiac disease which is an auto immune disorder and I have to stay off wheats grains processed foods or I’m miserable. If you are interested in doing this together, please let me know.

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  7. Wow!! Great job, Katie! You continue to inspire me!!

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  8. Congrats to you and Katie! I weighed in this morning and am down from starting point of 276 to 262 since April 9, 2021 14 lbs. I too want to see below 200 for a good start. I do circuit strength training 4x a week and try to walk and take the stairs when I can in between. Katie-- I love that shirt, can't wait to see it in green!

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  9. I'm proud of you!!!! You've got this!

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  10. This is the stuff awesome sauce is made of! 🙌🏾☺️

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  11. Congratulations Katie! As always, thank you for telling us your truth. I'm trying to get back on a weight loss path and you've helped.

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  12. I was at 189 when I restarted. As of this morning I am 152!! Dont feel so bad. You are doing fabulous!!! So proud of you!

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  13. You look AMAZING and I love, love, love that shirt on you! Congrats :)

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  14. Way to go Katie! So proud of all of your hard work, and thank you so much for sharing your struggles. I can relate so much to them. I am trying to lose weight also. Do you have any dinner recommendations that are lower in calories but still yummy? Finding ideas that are healthy yet satisfy the whole family can be challenging. Maybe an idea for a future blog post!

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  15. This is so fantastic! I'm in the same DietBet...you inspired me...and it's a kick I needed! I haven't lost like you have but I met my goal first round which is huge for me. It's very hard for me to get the scale to go down. I'm trying to be active on the game board because I find the check-in and support beneficial. Congrats!!!!

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  16. Yay for feeling good!!!
    Take care,
    Michelle

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  17. That's fabulous, especially that you feel better about yourself. Love the top BTW!

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  18. Congratulations! It’s so nice to just feel in control again.

    Where is your shirt from? It is super cute. Do you have a link?

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    1. Thanks! I don't have a link--it was from a local chain store called Meijer. If you're in the midwest, you may have heard of it!

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  19. I’ve been following you for years and years. Excited about you posting again! You are so relatable… my favorite follows are folks who share actual real life struggles, so thank you!

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  20. Wooo! And yeah, as quick as 8 weeks seems to you, I’m here like “wait, when Katie started doing c25k again I wanted to start too and I’ve done 2 workouts, both the first one, weeks apart 🤦‍♀️“ if only I had actually started counting calories and running when you did, I’d be where you are, but instead I’m here on the couch feeling so unenergetic and blah. But thank you for sharing this because this has got me ready to get on the ol dreadmill 😂

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  21. Great job, Katie! I just started counting calories and am at the same starting weight as you were so this gives me lots of hope! How many calories do you eat each day? And do you look at macros or just calories?

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  22. Great job Katie! You look fantastic! My experience is similar to yours. I was at 213 and started a Boot Camp transformation. Tomorrow is my 6 week weigh in and as of week 5 I was down 14.2 pounds. Thank you for sharing your story. Your transparency helps so many of us.

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  23. Hello Katie, you have inspired me over the years and much like you ,my scale keeps climbing curious how you decided how may calories you need to consume daily. Keep on Keep in on!

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