May 11, 2022

Wednesday Weigh In: Week 50

That is not a mirror-image photo, although it looks like it at first glance. I can't remember what brought it up last week (I think Jerry saw me take a mirror selfie for Wednesday Weigh-In), but Jerry asked me why I always photograph the same side. He wondered if I have a favorite side and I only do photos of that side of my body.

I told him no, that I'm right handed and it's just easier to hold the phone in my right hand (that's the picture on the left--it looks backwards, but that's because of the mirror image). Then it made me wonder if other people are curious about the same thing--if I only take pictures from that angle because it's my "better" side. I never really thought about having a better side!

Today I did both. And holy cow, is it hard to take a mirror selfie with my left hand! It's super confusing. Try looking in a mirror and doing your hair or apply make-up with your opposite hand and you'll see just how awkward it feels. So, the answer is no--I don't photograph a particular "side" for a particular reason. Although, looking at those two photos, I think I like my left side better! (The photo on the left.)

Anyway, after the last two weeks' weigh-ins being pretty good, I didn't have high hopes for this week. My pattern has been lose, lose, gain, lose, lose, gain, etc. until a couple of months ago where it started going up and down about every week. I was happy, then, to see that I had a loss for the third week in a row!

Last week I was at 147.4, so I didn't lose much--but a loss is a loss and I'll take it! My starting weight last May was 197.0, so I "officially" hit 50 pounds lost for Week 50. 

Now, I'm really hoping to lose three more pounds before my Week 52 weigh-in. It would be awesome to reach a "normal" BMI (a weight of 144) on my one-year mark (May 24). Not that there is anything special about one year of calorie counting and weigh-ins, but it would be a nice way to start year two. 

This is the longest I've gone doing weigh-ins every week. In the past, when I would see a relatively large gain or if I gained a couple of weeks in a row, I would just stop doing weigh-ins. But this time, I decided that I'm going to weigh-in every week no matter how embarrassing it is. I even had a five-ish pound gain several weeks ago! I don't know how long I'll keep it up, but I do like the accountability.

Since I did really well last month when I challenged myself to 10 days of a few habits, I decided to do that again for 14 days (starting today) and maybe that will help me to drop the 3 pounds I'm aiming for. The daily habits I plan to do:
  • Eat about 1600 calories. 
  • Drink 4 liters of water.
  • Do some sort of exercise (walk, run, bike ride, etc).
  • Read 10 pages.
  • Write in my five year journal.
  • In bed by 10:00 PM.

Nothing too difficult, but they make a big difference in how I feel. I even made a little sticker chart to keep track, even though I'm 40 years old ;)  

It's hard to believe it's been 50 weeks since I saw my weight approaching 200 and I felt like it was hopeless to get it back down to a comfortable number. I'm glad I stuck with it!


  1. No matter the age sticker charts are fun!! Keep up the healthy choices Katie

  2. Such great accomplishments! You should feel very proud! And you look so cute!! I'm loving that dino shirt!

  3. Congrats on 50 lb loss! That's awesome! I think the picture on the right is a better angle because we can see your shape better. You look great (and thin!) in both though!

  4. You are an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your journey.

  5. Yes I second the motion! It's a perfect weight for you to be at. Cute shirt and you're rockin those jeans too Katie!


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