Wow, I started to track my weight in June of 2009!
I've been fairly consistent in tracking my weight in and out of season. As I reflect, it's profound to me how much weight I move without very much effort. Droping or gaining 15 to 20 lbs. is nothing for me.
2013 was a huge year for us all. Primarily, this is the year that Debra fought cancer (and won) and I fought weight as a way to cope; and, was fairly successful. At the same time, it's probably the most frustrating. I remember the promises that I made to myself and the goals that I set, and after 5 years, I can look back and see that I didn't meet most of those goals. (not forgetting the marathon of course)
2016 would be the last time I would see under 260. I know that I reflected on the August pattern last year so no need to repeat it here.
While I met a few financial goals in 2017, I just couldn't meet my physical goals and break the 271 barrier. 2017's weight-gain would set a profound pattern for 2018.
In 2018, I got complaicent. This is the first year that I've been above 320 lbs. and spent most of the year at or near that level (a height of 327 lbs.); and I've managed. "Managed" is a big word. I've managed some physical limitations, managed limits on my personal activities and managed restrictions in some fairly private aspects of my life. Fearfully, this complaincy has made me casual with my health. I'm not suicidal but I'm not fearful of the risks either.
In 2018, I thank the Lord for allowing me to enjoy so many wonderful activities. While complaincy was not a great friend, I was introdcued to joy who came along side and ensured a memorable year.
You will notice that I had a big dip in January. I decided to try the "Keto" style diet and it worked real well for weight-loss but messed me up something bad. It took me a couple of weeks to recover from the symptoms and now I'm back to being leveled out.
This graphic is self-explanatory on the walking/running progress.
Happy New Year! The holiday season was good to me for sure. Spending time with family and friends are the highlight of my Christmas and New Years season and this year filled my love tank to the brim.
Well, I started the holiday season knowing that I typically gain weight so I did my best to keep it in check and did fairly well all the way up to my trip to Florida at the end of December. I'm happy with my results in November and December but crushed that I gained nearly 10 lbs. in one week. I knew that I was eating a lot but didn't think it was this bad.
If there's a silver lining, I'm still at a deficit for the year and down 10 lbs. year over year so there's still time to get ahead of this.
As mentioned in my last post, this chart tells it all. No exercise equals weight gain. 32 miles in November helped to keep my weight in check, but only 11 in December contributed to the upward climb for sure. One of the things that added to less exercise was an overloaded work schedule. Between overtime at my full time job and nearly 30 hours at Pizza Hut, there just wasn't any margin for exercise. While my wallet is appreciative, my waistline is not (and other aspects of my health, naturally).
If I'm being brutally honest, this weather is a stumbling block to my fitness. I'm motivated by walking and running outside and not so motivated on a treadmill. I'm going to look for other avenues, and I'll have to let you know how that goes.
In Part 1 of this month's update, I just made some observations about what types of things get me off track. At this point of my life, I'm not sure why this seems to happen at the same time every year but now it's something I'm looking for and hoping to turn around before I'm back up to 312 lbs again.
As mentioned before, my mileage for the months of September and October are down. Since I use walking and jogging as my primary vehicle for weightloss, this lower mileage trend helps to explain the upward trend in weight. Even if I eat poorly, the running will keep my weight in check but without the running and the poor eating is compounded.
I spoke on this a little last month. I've tracked my weight for long enough now that I can see a yearly trend that occurs. The 2013/2014 drastic dip was the marathon training (and when I started TMinus110). After marathon training, I've been on a regular cycle. 260 lbs appears to be the typical floor. Another striking observation is how fast I gain weight. I typically lose weight at a rate of 2 lbs a week but it only takes me a couple of months to go from 260 lbs to 312 lbs.
I'm not sure what I'm going to do with all of this but I've got to do something to break the cycle on this year around. We're entering into the holiday season so we'll just have to see how things go on the backside. I just know that I don't want to be 312 lbs in January.
Back in August, I prepared myself for the possibility of gaining weight after vacation. Thankfully, I prepared, vacationed with some restraint and finished off the month with some weight-loss. Some of the success was due to the 5K Donut Dash goal. Having a race coming up definitely helped me stay on track.
I plateaued in September and ended October with an upward trend. Since I'm now on the lookout for these negative cycles, I'm able to see what causes them and then respond. Here's my observation this go around.
First, there was hurricane Irma. For a week in September, we hosted some good friends from south Florida who evacuated from the storm. We had a total of 10 adults, 4 dogs, 4 cats and a partridge in a pear tree. I got some runs in but both my eating and exercise schedule got off track.
Tragically, I lost my aunt Donna (my Mom's sister) and I was asked to conduct the funeral in Florida. While we tried to get some exercise in, the activities related to the funeral consumed much of my time; including a late night/early morning stretch. Add to this visits with family in restaurants, coffee shops, and Dunkin Donuts, there was little hope for staying on track. I'm not being harsh on myself but recognizing that this type of thing does contribute to getting out of routine.
Next, about a week later, Mom and Dad visited for their annual Autumn visit to Georgia. We celebrated their time with visits to the apple orchard for apple picking, the fair and a late birthday celebration for me. Along with all of that came a ton of delicious cooking, and less exercise. Mom taught Alexis how to cook our traditional family pierogies, Mom made my traditional birthday lasagna and apple deserts were aplenty. I denied myself nothing and thoroughly enjoy it!
Finally, I started a part-time job with Pizza Hut. Pizza, chicken wings and breadsticks. Need I say more?