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 —!

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.


  1. Laurasays:

    You actually might not be eating enough!! Bare minimum should be 1200 a day, but when you get low, your body goes into weird semi-starvation mode. Obviously I don’t know your specific goals, but make sure you’re eating enough! If I’m under for the day, I love popping a handful of almonds with a stick of string cheese, or in place of the cheese, dark chocolate chips. Because chocolate.

    • Gretchensays:

      Yeah, I did think about that, but I don’t think that could be the reason, since the only day I was really very low was Tuesday — I wasn’t able to eat very much then since that was the day I got my braces on, but most other days I’ve been landing between 1200 and 1400. (And, of course, today isn’t over yet so that’s why Friday looks low, too.) Frustrating!

      • I was going to say the same thing. I’m no weight loss all-star, but we’ve got kind of similar builds and when I was using a PT (before it got too expensive) I was supposed to have around 17-1800/day.

        Maybe do a cheat day to make your body rebound and then go back to the grind?

  2. I’ve determined that while there’s a “formula” for weightloss, it never makes any sense to me. I can not lose for weeks and then I randomly lose 3 pounds. *shrug*

  3. Jessicasays:

    I agree with Ange. My weight loss can be so random. Did you start the advocare 24 day challenge yet? That will bump up your metabolism for sure. I just finished and lost about 10lbs, which I’m really pleased with. Good luck!

  4. How was your activity for the week? Some weeks I may eat very well but if my activity is low then I don’t have much of a calorie deficit and don’t loose much. And, of course, there are just the stuff that sometimes causes us to be temporarily up such as high sodium content, TOM, heavy exercise the day more weigh in and so on.

  5. Have you been able to stay active? Remember it’s a combination of healthy eating + exercise.

    But (and maybe more important), remember to be kind to yourself and that you’ll have really good weeks and then you’ll have some only OK weeks. It happens on the Biggest Loser and it happens in “real-life” too. You got this, so be kind to yourself! 🙂

  6. Christinesays:

    Don’t be so hard on yourself! There are good weeks and not so great weeks, but a 0.3 loss is still a loss! I still love your posts!

  7. I know everyone is probably going to say this, but at least it is down! Hopefully next week will be the week that shows your progress. keep your chin up, you are doing great!

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