Off my ASS for the SSA – Week 5

Starting weight: 186.4 lbs
Last week’s weight: 178.6 lbs
Current weight: 177.2 lbs
Weight loss this week: 1.4 lbs

Getting there! Just two weeks left until the SSA SoCal conference. JT is currently beating me by a tiny bit, so I may be ramping up the exercise for the remaining time. Should have gone by percentage lost – it helps when you weighed more to begin with. *cough*JT*cough*

It’s funny. I keep thinking about the happy dance I’ll do when I make the 10 pound mark, but that’ll still only put me at my weight when graduating undergrad. I’d need to lose another 15 to get back to my high school weight, when I was still out of shape and a little pudgy. I’d like to blame the ramen and peanut butter sandwiches that basically made up my diet for four years, but that doesn’t excuse the grad school weight.

Oh well – I’m almost there!


  1. Steven says

    I like how you are stating your weight loss, although now has been long enough that its time for a plot! :) Then you can do all sorts of fun analysis!

  2. says

    I’ve never tried anything like that myself, but I’m glad for you that it’s going well.One thing – I can’t help but read “ramen and peanut butter sandwiches” in a way that doesn’t make much sense… how do you make a sandwich with ramen?

  3. LS says

    I’ve probably gained 30 pounds since leaving school. It’s really pretty bad. Now that I work a real job, I can afford good food, and I tend to eat more. D=When I was in school I was an endomorph, sure, but I was in decent shape.

  4. says

    Good point Anna. I’ve found for myself that what I eat has a much greater impact on my weight than the amount of exercise I do. If I’m eating the right stuff and not overeating I lose weight. If I eat junk food and fried foods it doesn’t matter how much exercise I do. Either I maintain the same weight or gain.

  5. Johnny Slick says

    As someone who has lost about 100 pounds since 2003, congratulations! And yeah, the sad, evil fact is that the whole calories in/calories out thing means that really the only way to actually lose weight is to exercise *and* cut calories big-time. The good news is that if you work out really hard and maintain the same weight, you’re also essentially converting fat into muscle, which down the line will increase your metabolism and make it easier to lose weight in the future.All that being said, although I have lost a crap-ton of weight, I am still pretty damn fat (221 pounds as of Thursday) so am probably not the best person to talk about this kind of thing. Good luck!

  6. says

    In 10th grade, the football coach and gym teacher, a gruff, forbidding presence over a heart of gold, got me into exercise. In the following almost-five-decades, I’ve learned that it’s a lot easier to keep it off than it is to get it off.Good luck and best wishes.

  7. ChrisP says

    Congratulations on maintaining your routine for so long. As someone who can’t keep to an exercise program for even two weeks without the intervention of a coach, I am always impressed by people who can actually keep it up on their own.Good work, and I hope the benefits of the healthier weight are suiting you well.

  8. says

    I find excessive exercise makes me eat more, but that’s just me. Portion control is where it’s at. Completely anecdotal, but my partner & I lost equal amounts of weight in the same time period. He didn’t exercise that much, and I exercised 5 times a week. We lost similar amounts of weight.

  9. Eric_Rom says

    Indeed, portion control is the shiznit.What also works for me is playing psychological games like small healthy snacks scattered thru the day to give the IMPRESSION of indulgence, but not the actual substance of indulgence (fat).Poverty also helps.

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