The Lost Weigh-in

Between the logging of my weigh-ins on My Fitness Pal and reporting my %s of weight lost for Yelp’s Biggest Loser and, of course, all of the dancing around my bathroom that I do every time I have a loss, it only just occurred to me that I never actually blogged about my weigh-in from this past Friday!

Bad weight loss blogger! Bad Gretchen!

This is actually a reaction shot to experiencing my very first raw oyster this weekend (I did actually like it, once I got over the initial weirdness!), but I figured the expression was still apt, haha.

Anywho, rest assured that the information did not go unrecorded, so I’ll just catch you up right quick on my most recent foray onto the scale.

(Re)Starting Weight: 236.6 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 227.5
This Weigh-in: 226.2 lbs
Difference: -1.3 lbs

Hallelujah and blessed be, I have made it to the 10 pounds lost club yet again! I am a very happy camper indeed that I have yet to have a week without at least some kind of loss (although I know a gain or a stall will happen eventually, I’m just gonna be happy with what I’ve got for as long as I’ve got it!) and hopefully a full ten libbies means that maybe the slimdown is starting to be semi-noticeable?

It’s so hard for me to tell, not only because I’m, y’know, me, and thus I see myself every day and so subtle changes are difficult to see, but also because of my frame, even when I’m not at my current weight, losing or gaining five pounds doesn’t really mean much to the naked eye.

But whether it’s wishful thinking or actual fact, I do think that some of my clothing is starting to fit a little nicer again, and I feel like my stomach might just be a millimeter or two flatter. Onward, downward, and whatnot, right? Here’s hoping that I continue to do really well this week, because I’m off to San Francisco next weekend to spend an entire week with my Yelpy coworkers in one of the foodiest cities in the country! Urrrrk!

On With the Show (Weigh-in)

Hey there, neighbors!

I hope you’ve all had an eventful and productive week! I know I have… I’m currently working on planning a large promotion here in Northern Virginia (Yelp’s Passport to Mosaic! — keep your eyes akimbo for more news about it soon, since it’ll be open to ERRRRRYBODY!) and spent the first three days of this week in nonstop meetings and calls. Whew! I mean, I appreciate having a reason to get out of the house (and out of my jammies) as much as the next person, but boy, do I feel like I’ve deserved this weekend.

Except, it won’t exactly be the relaxing, no-plans weekend that I would ideally have laid out in front of me, since things kick off tomorrow with a 5K! My first 5K, in fact, since — hooooo boy — I don’t even know when the last race I participated in was. I think it honestly might have been Reach the Beach… wowzers. Anyway, I’ve been upping my running game little by little over the past month or so, but we’ll have to see how it goes A) running outside (I’ve been doing all treadmill running so far) and B) being back in a race environment again for the first time in over a year. But since this particular race, the Cupid Run, seems like it’ll be on the smaller, more intimate side, hopefully it’ll be a good one to get back in the game with.

Plus, everyone who runs gets a pair of heart-shaped deely boppers! #worthit

Anyway, onto the main event:

(Re)Starting Weight: 236.6 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 230.7
This Weigh-in: 229.6 lbs
Difference: -1.1 lbs

Whoop! I’ll take it! Consider me officially out of the 230s and continuing to wind my way dooooown. This week brought with it another bout of eating difficulties due to the metal braces strapped to the back of my teeth, further educating me in the types of things I can and cannot eat.

For example:

Sandwiches made with any kind of delicious, crusty bread are out. So clearly, this is going to be the real key of my weight loss.

ANYWAY. While unfortunately non-Wonder Bread sandwiches may be out, Peking Duck, which we went out for last night in celebration of my mama’s birthday, surprisingly is still in!

To which I say, “Thank GOODNESS!” because Peking Duck is outrageously delicious. And totally worth the 15 minutes I spent brushing and flossing my teeth afterwards to get stuff out of my braces.

Alas, I do think that this uneven eating schedule, as well as the uneven amounts that I’m able to eat — partially due to just physically being able to eat at all, and partially due to the ridonkulously slow speed at which I am able to consume things — isn’t doing me any favors in the weight loss department. Which actually sucks, because I would much rather have easy weight loss as a side effect of these things, over, you know, tongue ulcers and stuff.

Of course, I also have a sneaking suspicion that my body is just being spiteful about making it go through this all again, so there’s that. But after 25 years of weight fluctuations, diets, “diets,” and all the other crap I’ve put it through, I can’t really blame it for not behaving properly. Which is why I just gotta keep doing what I’m doing, try to get back to my regularly scheduled programming, and hope that things even out eventually.

Anyway, another pound down is another pound down, and while it’s hard not to feel like my progress has been slowing over the past couple of weeks, I’m trying to take your advice and stay positive. After all, just as many of you accurately pointed out, weight loss may come down to a “formula” (calories in vs. calories out) but we all know that results don’t always adhere to a schedule.

And so, it’s on with the show we go! Onward, downward, and so on, and so forth. Allons-y!

Winners and Losers (Weigh-in)

Today has been kind of nutso on the work front, with me dashing into DC for a meeting and then settling into House of Steep in Arlington (my new favorite place evarrrrr!) for the rest of the afternoon to work with my coworkers, but I wanted to pop in and give you a quick update nonetheless.

First up, I have the winners of the Cooking with Greek Yogurt cookbook giveaway! As plucked out of the lineup by my random giveaway winner plugin, let us congratulate…

Jen Mitchell: I like to make a breakfast parfait with plain Greek yogurt, fruit, and some cereal. Boring but it sticks with me all morning.


April: I use plain greek yogurt in my mac and cheese. It makes it really creamy and adds some protein. So good!

Whoop whoop! Congrats ladies! Email me your full name and address — [email protected]!

So there’s the “winners” portion of this update, so let’s move right onto the “loser” half, shall we?

(Re)Starting Weight: 236.6 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 231.0
This Weigh-in: 230.7 lbs
Difference: -0.3 lbs

Alas. While yes, technically that’s still a loss, I have to admit I’m pretty disappointed. Aside from my anniversary dinner on Saturday, I was under my calorie goals every day this week! In fact, due to my new braces and inability to eat, my calorie counts have been looking especially impressive over the past few days.


Blargh. I know that weight loss isn’t an exact equation and there are lots of different factors and blah blah blah, but I’m still disappointed. I was really just hoping to keep the momentum going. After all, how am I supposed to win Yelp’s Biggest Loser with 0.3 pound totals?!

Aaaaanyway, there’s no point in dwelling. I’m just going to move on, keep on doing what I’m doing, pray that I’ll be able to eat solid foods again soon, and blame this mood-dampening weigh-in on my period.

Onward We Go (Weigh-in)

Good Friday, friends! I’ll keep this one short and sweet since I’m sure we’re all eager to get our weekends going, but just a few things before I get to the deeply humiliating good stuff.

Firstly, thank you all so much for your incredible support through my last few extremely emo, extremely wordy, scarily honest posts. I spoke a lot about how terrifying this process is for me the second time around, but it makes it so much easier knowing how awesome my readers are, so thank you for that.

Secondly, to make up for said posts, here is a gif of a cat petting a rabbit:

Thirdly, I wanted to share with you the most recent addition to my healthy journey toolbag:

I got a Fitbit Flex! I had a Nike+ Fit that my brother got for me a couple of years ago, but I stopped using it for a long time (clearly) and when I tried to boot it back up, it didn’t seem like it was reading accurately anymore. Plus, it doesn’t track as much stuff as the Flex. So after a little bit of comparison between the Fitbit Flex and the Jawbone UP (it was a close call!), I decided on this slick-looking do-dad. So far I really love the My Fitness Pal integration and the sleep tracking, and as I get more accustomed to wearing it I’ll be sure to come back with a more robust review!

Okie doke, well, I guess there’s nothing else left except for You-Know-What.

(Re)Starting Weight: 236.6 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 233.4
This Weigh-in: 231.0 lbs
Difference: -2.4 lbs

Another decent loss that I’m pretty happy about. I mean, not like, happy-happy, since I’m not thrilled about my weight in general right now, but at least I’m still headed in the right direction. Onward, downward, and all that jazz. And tonight, Sean is taking me out to dinner for our 2-year anniversary, so here’s hoping I don’t undo all of this in one fell swoop!

Quick Check-In (Weigh-in)

I’ve been having site issues up the wazoo today, since my host server (DreamHost) evidently had a datacenter spontaneously combust (not really), the effects of which have been affecting sites all over the interwebs. So! Assuming that my site will stay up for at least long enough to finish this post (keep your fingers crossed), I just wanted to get a quick weigh-in posted. Here we go!

Starting Weight: 246 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 193.9 lbs
This Weigh-in: 192.1 lbs
Difference: -1.8 lbs

Dum da dum dum, still on the way down! Slow & steady, and that’s just fiiiine by me! There really isn’t that much more to say, I guess?

Apologies I don’t have anything else exciting to post about today. Life is, y’know, life! It’s good, but not particularly eventful this week. But if you’re looking for a semi-interesting post (and if my other site stays up, too!), you should check out my writing blog post from yesterday! Especially if you think stuff having to do with book covers and/or stock photos is interesting… or if you have read any of the Obsidian/Onyx/Opal books by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Check it out by clicking here.

Also, I actually have a–gasp!–recipe headed your way tomorrow, so stay tuned for that!