Off my ASS for the SSA – Week 3

Starting weight: 186.4 lbs
Last week’s weight: 182.8 lbs
Current weight: 179.8 lbs
Weight loss this week: 3.0 lbs

Under 180 pounds, wooo!!!

Though when I look back, I weighed about 175 pounds before my senior year at Purdue. That’s what applying, interviewing at, and actually starting grad school will do to you – stress eating until you gain 10 pounds. Hurray.

Other than that, I don’t have any major weight loss revelations this week. I learned I don’t have to completely deprive myself of stuff like pizza and chocolate – I can just eat them in moderation. Amazing how that works.

Oh, and if you’re doing your own New Years resolution, maybe you’d be interested in the Secular Student Alliance’s Carrot and Stick Project. Executive Director August Brunsman found effective motivation to get healthy – he wrote two checks, one to the SSA, and the other to Campus Crusade for Christ. If he made his goal, he’d tear up the check to CRU. If not, well… you see why he lost the weight. Eek, CRU.


  1. Mary Bierbaum says

    Moderation is the key to weight loss. And getting enough calories and not depriving yourself. Congrats on losing the weight.

  2. says

    Here’s the Two-Bite rules for treats:1. The first bite is wonderful2. The last bite is wonderful.3. All other bites are so-so.Since the best bites are the first and the last, make a two-bite treat the rule.(Trust me, it works. Sorta.)

  3. says

    Yeah… no. I’d rather have the serving size allocated, and then plan around the treat. Bugger having two bites of a chocolate bar. No Offence. :)

  4. says

    You keep this up, it’s gonna cost me some money. :pSuggestion: If grad school allows you the time & you have the inclination, look on for groups that do some sort of physical activity you’d like. I’ve found some outdoorsy type groups here (metro Detroit) that hike, cross country ski. etc. Burns calories and helps alleviate cabin fever in the winter. Just back from a 4 mile hike with a group. Haven’t lost weight but for me, not GAINING weight in the winter is enough – so far so good.

  5. Azkyroth says

    I learned I don’t have to completely deprive myself of stuff like pizza and chocolate – I can just eat them in moderation.

    So are my comments pizza or chocolate? ;)(Kidding.)

  6. says

    Congrats on the weight loss Jen, though don’t let this project be the last time you want to be proactive!Setting up a running (or jogging) routine a few days a week as a habit is a fun, stress-relieving, healthy outlet!Pizza and chocolate are delicious, I know- but that just means they are full of SIN! …Wait, that’s all the more reason to indulge…>:D

  7. JediPsychologist says

    HA! My undergrad Behavioral Psychology professor (Richard Malott, one of the top authorities on behavioral psychology right now) did that experiment! It works for anyone, just so long as you choose one cause that you love and one cause that you hate… And so long as you truly intend to follow through with the punishment if you fail to reach your goal.

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