Weigh-in Wednesday #1 (2.0)

Man, am I feeling the deja vu vibes today. It may have been a while since I was truly (madly, deeply) on my weight loss kick, but I certainly never forgot the thrill and terror of stepping back onto the scale. Especially because my starting baseline was higher this time… womp womp.

And yes, of course I know that the scale is just one measure of health, and arguably not the best one, either. But there’s no denying that it’s still a good way to keep a general idea of how things are going, especially when starting out… and especially at my current weight. I grappled a little bit with the idea of publishing my weigh-ins weekly this time, since I do realize that it’s about the downward trend of my weight loss over time, not necessarily the individual weigh-ins. I admit that I used to get really caught up in the specific numbers before, and my mood became very dependent on what I saw each Wednesday. Down a pound, I’d be ecstatic. Up, even just a few ounces, despondent. That sort of thing. Not to mention just the sheer embarrassment of having to admit exactly how much I weigh to anyone who reads here.

But, that being said, I’ve always been a huge proponent of honesty and transparency when it comes to weight loss in general, and especially when it comes to my weight loss. This is probably a whole post for another time, but I firmly believe we as a society need to destigmatize the actual numbers, and educate about what it really means to be a “healthy weight.” Since there are still an alarming number of people who have no real concept what a healthy weight is, and instead issue blanket statements about how people who weigh over 200 pounds are the most disgusting possible type of human. But I digress.

I mean, let’s be real, it was when I stopped being transparent and talking about it that I started to have real issues with my weight again, so what does that tell me? And recording my successes and failures each step of the way through this journey is such an integral part of keeping me accountable and motivated in what I’m doing. So I’m sticking with my weight loss roots, for the time being at least, and reinstating “official” weigh-ins.

One of my goals this time around, however, is to keep a better perspective about it. My weight fluctuates daily (and by a lot — I can be up or down 3+ pounds within a single day), and even though the whole point of picking a specific day and time is so there is relative consistency, I still want to be sensible about it.

Aaaaanyway, all this to say, I did weigh myself this morning and here are the official stats:

Starting Weight: 254.2 lbs
Current Weight: 244.6 lbs
Difference:  9.6 lbs

So! Down 9.6 pounds in week 1… with a pretty big caveat, given that I’m pretty positive that I didn’t really lose 10 actual pounds in 8 days. We’re talking water weight, the kind of weight that sheds purely from cleaning up your diet and cutting out a lot of the stuff that our bodies end up carrying around for the whole week.

This is almost exactly what happened during Round 1 (which is how I will refer to my 2010 weight loss heretofore) — I dropped 10 pounds in the first week! So you can see where the deja vu comes in. Even in trying to keep a level head about it, I won’t lie and say it’s not encouraging to see (well, encouraging and discouraging, since all this does is put me back at the same weight I was at the very beginning of Round 1… but I’m still working through those complicated feelings, as you know.)

I just have to be cognizant of the fact that this is obviously not the norm. I am not a contestant on the Biggest Loser who is working out 8 hours a day to drop 14 pounds every week. (Sidenote: have you guys read this super interesting NY Times article about Season 8’s Biggest Loser contestants? It’s a really interesting study about the long-term effects of extreme weight loss on metabolism.) I am, however, an overweight individual aiming to shed pounds at a reasonable clip through good old-fashioned “diet” and exercise. (I have a lot of issues with the word “diet” so that’s why it gets the quotation-treatment-—another post for another time, perhaps—but you get the general gist of what I’m laying down, right?)

Anyway, so here we are! We kick off Round 2 (I know, I know, it’s really like Round 283948, but we’re simplifying things here, haha), Week 2 today! As my old motto says: onward… and downward!


  1. Reesesays:

    In August of last year, I met someone that I think will be in my life for a long while. I let down my traditional “food guard” and gained nearly 15 lb. with him. Now that he’s moved in, and we’re trying to find a new normal that involves life with the two of us… I decided to get my stuff back together.

    I have a starting weight of 154.4.
    The first week I hit 153.1.
    The next week was 147.1.
    Last week was 146.7 (I’m happy for ANY downward movement).
    This week…I’m hoping for 145.

    My end goal is 135. I’m 5’4″ and practice the Beyond the Scale program with Weight Watchers. My goal is to work out 3 times a week until I feel I can handle more. Then increase.

    My issue is I’m hard on myself… and I need to not only eat clean 7 days a week, but I need to workout 6 days a week. Then when I can’t do it? I stop doing everything. So… I got on track eating. Introduced working out on Saturday of last week…and just trying to keep the balls in the air. If any fall..I’ll stick to nutrition.

    Losing weight definitely isn’t as easy as gaining it. Drat it.

  2. Congrats to you!
    Yeah. I’m definitely in the same place with my own weight loss. It’s really easy to fall into certain traps, especially once you get into habits. I’m doing WW again, which seems to be the only time I can ever really lose weight consistently. Love their new program, which focuses more on plants and lean protein, and less on high sugar/low-fat stuff, which, studies show, aren’t so great. Those first ten pounds dropped super quickly are motivating. Last time I did it, I lost 20 lbs in the first month. Awesome at the time. I can’t help but long for those same results, but I need to be focused on the slow and steady.
    I feel so bad for those Biggest Loser contestants. It’s sad, trying to make a good change for yourself, only to gain it all back relatively quickly.

  3. Alliesays:

    I am so with you on this. My “round 1” was around the same time as yours and I’m currently 4 weeks into “round 2” So far I’m down about 12 lbs. I’m feeling stronger in my workouts and making better food choices. I went up a bit in weight last week and I could have let it get me down, but I just aimed to keep it consistant. I know I’m doing what needs to be done..just gotta keep going.

    My Starting weight: 255lbs
    My Current weight: 243 lbs

    I don’t really have a goal weight, just a goal “feel”. I just want to feel better and have more energy. I’m well on track!

  4. Niksays:

    Hi Gretchen! I normally don’t comment on blogs, but I’m really excited to read about your weight loss re-commitment and was very happy that you had a great first weigh in. I’m also in the process of re-losing weight I previously lost. Not many people (in life or on blogs) want to acknowledge it or don’t understand the shame and disappointment you feel when that happens. Thanks for being so open and honest with your readers, I’m cheering you on!

  5. Aileensays:

    Always in admiration of your candor. So much head-nodding going on while I read. Sisterhood of the traveling never-use-the-word-“diet”…pants?

  6. Beckysays:

    I’ve been following your blog for awhile. I’m thinking I discovered it around the end of round 1. I’ve been struggling with weight loss for quite a while now and am hoping it sticks this time. It WILL stick this time! I look forward to following your journey as I go through mine too!
    My starting (current) weight: 253

  7. It is always great to see progress. The hard part is when you are doing all the right things and the darn scale stays on an annoyingly even keel (that is where you have to start looking at different parts of the whole, such as body composition, relative strength and stamina (those lovely muscles have an peculiar ability to weigh more than than the fat)).
    That said I just started putting it out there on my blog right about the same time you did. I have been on a long and unsteady glide path for over a year (1 year ago, 285.3 lbs, this morning, 258.4 lbs (the lowest I have been in 4 years!!!!)).

  8. Well I’m proud of your loss! I’m weighing myself all week and holding steady at 191.8. But it was work potluck today, so I’m expecting a bump up for tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll get in the habit of a once a week weigh, but I never remember, so I’m doing daily for now.

  9. kristensays:

    way to go! that is awesome! I am just now catching up on your blog posts, but Im so excited to follow your journey 🙂

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