Want to ride a roller coaster? Follow my poor snacking decisions this past month. With all the ups and downs on the scale I could barely keep up, and I finally had to hold an intervention for myself to kick myself in the ass and say "no more snacking!".
The bad side is that I basically gave up almost a month's worth of progress, having to re-lose weight I had already lost. I can't tell you how many times I lost and regained those 2 pounds between 197 and 199 pounds. Too many times, at any rate. That's a little depressing.
You can see this reflected in my overall goal tracker. Where I was previously on track to hit my goal weight a little early, now I am right back on track for hitting it sometime in January. That's a little depressing, but not unexpected. I knew the last 30 pounds were going to be challenging, and eating my way through a candy store this month only increased the challenge. Because it wasn't challenging enough...
What good things did I learn this month? One good thing that I learned is that it is relatively easy to get back on track if the good habits in your life are fundamentally sound. I was still eating very healthy meals thanks to the Nerd's cooking, and I never missed a workout, so once I cut out the snacking, it only took a solid week to get back on track. I officially finished the month at 194.7 pounds, down 139.2 pounds overall, which is a tiny 1.7 pound loss in August (but a loss nonetheless, so I'll take it).
This puts me into a size 12 dress depending on the style. I got a new dress to celebrate, and have gotten a ton of compliments on it. Photos will follow once I take them.
So how am I progressing, shape-wise?
In a fun NSV I have had to order some new workout gear, because the Old Navy XL stuff I have been wearing since February is starting to get a little too baggy.
Let's compare to 6 months ago:
My official photo for the office website is also much better:
It's funny that when I start to eat a lot of chocolate, I just want to keep eating it. Whereas when I haven't had chocolate in a while, I no longer crave it. I know that learned scientists have done studies on this, but it's interesting to see it happening to me.
Even with a tough month I am marginally closer to my goals: