Saturday, December 4, 2010

Offical Monthly Weigh In

Last month was rough. It started off with me doing a bunch of whining and beating myself up about how I only lost 5 pounds for the month of October. That lead to a few days of overeating and self doubt. After that I had blister issues to contend with and then it was the dreaded Thanksgiving feast. All of those lame excuses (well except for the blisters..they hurt like crazy) led to a dismal:

One pound Loss for the month of November.

Now, I'm not doing the same thing as last month and getting out the violin, playing a sad song for myself and wallowing away in self pity. In October I worked damn hard, so to see just a 5 pound loss was well, frustrating. As for November, I honestly didn't work hard at all. I went through the motions of going to the gym with some lazy workouts, and I counted my calories albeit half assed. But all in all, I pretty much gave in for the month of November, so a 1 pound loss was more than I expected. I thought for sure I would have a gain. 

For this month I going to get my workouts back to a kick ass level. I also need to work on holiday eating. Thanksgiving day was rough. Putting a fat guy who is trying to lose weight in front of all that food is like sitting an alcoholic at an open bar and saying hey, now go easy and only have a few drinks. It will almost always lead to a disaster. I didn't eat as much as I have in previous years, but I did eat until stuffed and then a bit later had pie.

At the end of this month I will be heading back to RI to visit family for the holidays. I don't get to visit RI too often so I'm going to have a tough time resisting all the great food I have been missing on the east coast. I usually go back and I eat my way through all my favorite places and probably gain 10 pounds in the process. This year I am adding a Christmas dinner with family into the mix. If I don't watch myself I could be in trouble so I must admit, I am a bit worried. When it comes to food I don't have much self control. I do better just staying away from it at this point in my weight loss saga, rather than testing my will at portion control. I will be staying with my sisters, who thankfully are a bit health conscious, so they might help me stay in line.  
What are some of the things that you do to fight off the holiday food monsters?

Well hopefully through all of this, I have worked hard enough to hear that *CLICK* when I sit down in my seat on the plane this month. If you don't know what I mean, scroll down a few posts and read. With that I leave you with a short summary of my weight loss saga so far. It's not great and with less weight lifting I think the numbers could be a tad better. But I will take this and all my NSV's over where I was in March any day.

March 2010 - 320 pounds
November 2010 - 290 pounds
December 2010 - 289 pounds


  1. Keep up the good work! Sometimes it gets frustrating, I know, but it can be done. I was well over 300 at one point and I've lost currently about 50 since then. So it can be done. Just make sure to keep finding positive influences.

  2. Hey, thanks for stopping by Jeffrey! I really appreciate it. Congrats on the 50 lbs lost. I am not there yet, but you are right, with all the positive influences here I have no doubt I will eventually.

  3. Keep working hard vinny! We can do this :)

  4. Vinny listen, you're already setting yourself up for failure because you are thinking about the holidays that still have three weeks until they arrive. You're worried about eating your way through RI and you've yet to get on the plane.

    When we stop living in the moment and jump way ahead of ourselves it's only because we think we can't. Hardly anyone I know on this journey spends hours and hours thinking about what's coming up ahead and says to themselves "I can't wait because I know I can"

    Spend the next three weeks visualizing yourself taking control. Eating what you want and eating until satisfied. Moving more (whether it's walking down the block or up some stairs to sneak into a bed room to do some sit ups).

    You need to see yourself doing all the things you know you can instead of worrying about all the things you think you can't.

    You have the control you need. I believe in you Vinny. You can and will.

  5. Vinsanity! Agree with Tara. I think its because we both have bear hats.

    I love the Disney quote. It was at the end of "Meet the Robinsons". They focused on the ...keep moving foward ... part. I think we need to do the same.

    Stay focused, stay fit, stay active. We got it man.

  6. What Tara said. Also, take one day at a time. Try do do something active every day. Try to find something fun and festive and social that does not revolve around food. Snowball fights? Snowman building? Christmas-light viewing? etc etc. If faced with a food temptation, first ask IS THIS WORTH IT? Take a very small bite. If it's absolutely and totally awesome, take two more bites. Then stop. (your tastebuds will have desensitized and it will never taste as good) If it's NOT absolutely and totally awesome, TOSS IT. Not worth it!! Rinse and repeat.

  7. You guys are great! Fantastic advice and I'm already looking forward to having a lose in weight in Dec.

    Thanks for the support everyone!

  8. Awesome getting that CLICK NSV Vinny. That had to validate all you've done so far in a big way.

  9. YOU HEARD THE CLICK!!!! That is some Warrior action right there.

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