Emptying the Trunk – Week 2

Emptying the Trunk – Week 2

I don’t want you to think this site is going to turn into an obsession about my weight and bore you to tears when you really want to know more about leadership or business or saving money or parenting or any of the other topics that are discussed here.

Therefore, all weight status updates will be titled like the first one “Emptying the Trunk”.  You can therefore choose to skip them and pay attention to the topics that are of more interest to you.

However, for those of you with a few (or more) pounds you’d prefer to shed, please feel free to join in and travel along with us on this journey.

I say us because I have the Royal “we” complex there are a few of us working on this together:  holding each other accountable, giving encouragement, sharing tips, etc.

So far we have:

I’m sure I’ve missed a couple.  Please leave a comment and I’ll make sure to include you!

So, this is Week 2.  It just so happens that I started this adventure the WORST possible time of the year.  It is the most eating (and drinking) two weeks of the year for me plus it’s below freezing outside so I have no motivation to go for a walk or to the gym or anything.  Granted, I’m not sure I had motivation when it was 50 last week either.  However, I have logged quite a few miles in stores doing Christmas shopping and after Christmas bargain hunting.

Ok, clearly I need to up the exercise ante.

Although I haven’t added exercise, here are the steps I’ve taken in these first two weeks:

  1. I have paid more attention to my eating habits and was astonished to realize just how much snacking I’ve been doing at work.  I don’t know that I changed that habit too much, but awareness is a good first step.
  2. I have chosen to eat more protein.
  3. I bought a treadmill at Goodwill.
  4. I have turned down food.  I haven’t done it too often, but when I’ve been full or already eaten I have declined.  I know this should  be common sense, but previously I was eating again because hubs had cooked or it smelled good or whatever.
  5. I ate apples for a snack!  3 times.  (Good source of fiber)
  6. I found and followed this site which is all about healthy snacks JillSnackSpot.   For me, snacking is where I fall down.  Well, and wine, but wine is non-negotiable at this point.  We’ll start with snacks and work our way toward cutting out down on wine.

So, have I lost anything?

  • Start – Dec. 20 – 70 lbs to lose
  • Week 1 – minus 0.5 = 69.5 lbs to lose
  • Week 2 – minus 2.0 = 67.5 lbs to lose

That looks pretty good, and I’ll take any steps in the right direction!

…but I have to admit that I took my starting weight after lunch and the other weights when I first woke up in the morning.   So, as those of you that have been down the weight loss track know… I stacked the deck in my favor for these first two weeks.  Now though that advantage is over and we’ll see how it goes moving forward.

Thank you all for your support and for keeping me accountable!!  Especially Lori for her unwavering courage and optimism on this journey.

Come on and join up!  We CAN do this.  Together.

What is your weight loss tip for this week?

My two are hidden up there…

1)  Eat an apple a day to keep the weight away.

2)  Substitute healthy and low calorie snacks for the office donuts or candy jar.

Please share one thing that motivates or works for you…

23 Responses to Emptying the Trunk – Week 2

  1. WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I am SO proud of you! One day you’ll be posting that you lost all 70 and are at week 2 of maintaining it!

    Next week, we’ll rick this thing! Think between just us two we can lose 10 lbs this week????? (uh huh – that IS a semi challenge… ;))

    WELCOME Kristi!!!! We are here to help and support! Whether it is 10 or 100, I want everyone to reach their goals this week!

  2. I’m in! I just re-joined Weight Watchers today. Yes…I know…stereotypical start date, BUT I mostly did it for the special offers.

    And because I didn’t want to think about food over the holidays.

    Keep up the good work! Our goals are very similar. :)

    • Yay! I can’t wait to see us all succeed. I took my *before* pics today. Wow. That was an eye opener. I am definitely committed to changing those pics!

  3. Well, suffice to say I have ALOT more weight to lose than you so but I am still motivated. I am tired of being ashamed of my weight. My wedding pics taken last July were the final straw. When I see them I get physically sick and cry. I have to lose this weight, NOW! Thank you for your words of encouragement. Add me to the support group if you would like. I have to be accountable to somebody other than myself, or this won’t last. Exercise is my downfall, I HATE IT!!!! And that is an understatement. But I have to get moving. I danced all my life until I had kids, maybe that is my weapon of choice. I am going to enroll in dance classes, I loved it once maybe I will again.


    • Dance classes sound like a great idea! I have to find something I will do consistently too. I took my before pictures today. I must admit to a tear or two also. So upsetting… but that’s why we r doing this! Together, we can do it.

  4. Count me in! I started losing weight just before fall hit us. I wanted to be one of the few to say that I didn’t have ‘as much’ to lose for the New Year. I am down 33 pounds due to hard work and watching what I eat. In 2006, after my son was born, I went on the same routine that I am on now and I lost 108 pounds (down from 245 to around 130). I did weight watchers, watching what I ate, but mostly eating in moderation and working out like a mad woman. That has been my best accomplishment for weight loss. I want to lose some more weight, but I am at a head start from what most are for the new year. Count me in for being a cheerleader, motivator, supporter and loser!

    • Hi Tanya –

      Only time in my life when being a Loser is a great thing! :) Thank you so much for joining our group! That is an amazing loss! Holy cow. I can’t wait to read your tips and things that have worked for you. I added the Calorie Counter App on Facebook that you recommended. It looks great! Happy New Year, may 2011 be the year you reach your goal. :)

  5. Great work Daria!
    My tip is to walk in place whenever you are standing around. It us amazing how many steps you can get in and I threw away all the cookies that I cannot say no too (after I warned the family). :0)

  6. I’d love to join! I’m on a mission to lose 70+lbs this year. I decided to blog about it and make it public so there would be more pressure on me to actually stick to my goal. I’m on Day 2 of my diet and so far so good. My tip is to take it one day at a time. Sounds silly, but when you’re in the habit of mindless or emotional eating, it’s difficult trying to be mindful of what you’re eating and trying to fight off the urge to just binge.

    • Welcome! Great tip Leilani. One day at a time is a great tip to remember. I did WW and one member said – each meal is a new chance to start fresh. Don’t let yourself get discouraged because you had a bad day or binged, just pick yourself up and start again with the next meal and then the next day. I do find that weighing daily though makes this pretty hard to follow. Weekly is better for me or I say – look I lost a pound, I don’t have to be as strict today, or I gained a pound, darn I need to comfort myself with a brownie. No, this doesn’t make sense – but that is why I have 70pounds to lose!

      Thank you for joining up! We’re not quite sure how to encourage each other – so challenges/ideas are welcome! :)

  7. This is such a great goal! I like your “apple a day” deal. I think I will try that and I won’t even drizzle caramel all over it! LOL I’m going to RSS this so that I can keep up and hopefully have something to brag about along with you.

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