Aug 30 2011

The Beauty Loser Weekly Update 3

Before I tell you the “ugly” this week, I want to share with you one little nugget of “good,” or total happiness I experienced while being “bad”:

My sweat shorts needed to be CONSTANTLY pulled up as I shopped around the mall Saturday. I mean, these puppies were falling and sliding and moving all around.

Something I haven’t mentioned is that before I started chronicling my weight loss journey here, I lost about 3 lbs. prior. So as of last week, I lost a little more than 6 lbs., and it’s no wonder my shorts felt a little different! I haven’t noticed this on most of my other clothes, but I was THRILLED that I looked like a dufus, yanking my shorts up as I passed by Abercrombie and Fitch and 5-7-9!

Otherwise, let me share with you a few lessons I picked up the last week:

  • Do not buy two boxes of the TastyKake Kandy Kakes as pictured in the photo at the top of the post.
  • Do not buy two boxes of the TastyKake Kandy Kakes as pictured in the photo at the top of the post, when you will be trapped inside your house all weekend due to a Category 1 hurricane named Irene (or named anything else, for that matter).
  • Putting one of the two boxes (I had to buy two. They were buy two for $5!) in the freezer for Mike to consume is not an effective measurement against eating said TastyKakes.
  • Hurricanes make me hungry.

So yeah. I lost this week. But I also lost my mind eating through my boredom. I probably had four packages of Kandy Kakes, some Oreos, and a bunch of other snacks while trapped in the house during Hurricane Irene over the weekend.

Not only that, but I sucked balance balls at keeping track in my iPhone app of what I ate, and I only walked once. I did, however, work up quite a sweat going through my summer shoes and grocery shopping for the above offending TastyKakes and other “nonperishables” in advance of the hurricane.

But, it seems silly to beat myself up over these things, doesn’t it? You gotta pick yourself up, dust off and move on. Me eating Kandy Kakes? Over the course of two days out of seven? It’s going to happen again. Perhaps not the quantity of the weekend, but it will happen again. This is a lifestyle change, not a diet. So, I gotta roll with the cravings and figure out other ways to allow myself what I enjoy.

With that snapshot of the week, here’s the stats!

Weight at start of week 3: 215.2 lbs.

Weight at end of week 3:  214.4 lbs.

That’s a loss of 0.8 lbs!!! That brings my total weight loss since 8/8/2011 to 4 lbs!!

Strengths this week:

  • I went to the diner for breakfast Saturday and instead of French toast, butter and syrup with a side of extra crispy bacon, I ordered an egg white omelet (ok, I added American cheese), and opted for fruit instead of home fries.
  • When my friend and I went out for our usual pho/Friendly’s dinner – pho first, Friendly’s for ice cream after – I ordered the Strawberry Shortcake sundae, with sugar-free vanilla ice cream. Talk about low calories, I was a champ and still got my sweet on!
  • I have tried to maintain a positive attitude, especially when I feel I’ve “cheated.”


  • TastyKake Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes.
  • Hurricane boredom grazing.
  • I didn’t keep track of what I was eating. I always do better when I put it down on pen and paper, or log it online.

My goals for week 4 are simple!

  • Exercise.
  • Write down my food and exercise, whether it’s in my notebook or in my app.
  • Research whether I want to try Weight Watchers, for the guidance.

What a week! How did you make out this week? Accomplish your goals? Did you have any natural disasters tempting you with boredom eating!? Next week, I’ll share my first photo since the beginning! I can’t wait to take it next Monday, and see if there’s a noticeable change compared to my start-date photo, although I am seriously doubting it. What do you think will happen!?

Share you thoughts and rants and successes in the comments below!

  • minicolor

    Congratulations on your weight loss!

    You mentioned Friendly’s… sigh! I miss their Wattamelon roll… growing up on the East Coast, that was one of my all-time favorite things to eat. Unfortunately there are no Friendly’s in the midwest or Asia where I am now… boohoo.

  • Lucy

    First I love Tastykake Kandy Kakes. Thank God I can’t go shopping or my apartment would have been loaded with all the wrong things. My girlfriend went shopping a few times and she didn’t do to bad. She did buy breakfast stuff as in sausage & O’Brien potatoes. I wasn’t happy when she bought that in. I ate it once and that was it. Too salty! I do eat mostly everything just watch the amount. My nerves were a wreck about this hurricane. Thank God we didn’t get hit bad. Just tons of rain. I gained 2lbs last week. All the things I did wrong were catching up on me. One excellent thing was that I had blood work done last month and my cholesterol was 151! I can’t even remember when it was that low. I’m a diabetic and my HBA1C was 6.9 which my doctor was thrilled with. I’ve had very high triglycerides in the past. One doctor wanted to put me on medication. It’s now normal range. Can’t remember what it was. I’m really thrilled and shocked by that. So in a way I did do good. Stress is a killer and hurricanes are very stressful! You have to learn to be able to eat anything without going crazy. I have a long way to go. Your doing great and I’m really proud of you! Keep up the wonderful work.

  • Cristina – PeeBeforePolish

    I don’t comment oftern because it’s difficult to express opinions and thoughts in a foreign language – expecially when it comes to “serious” matters like this.
    During the past 4 years I took a lot of weight. 24 kilos. 😀
    Last december I did some routine exams and I discovered I have a very high cholesterol level. And I was only 27 years old!
    So, I wrote down all my weakness and my sins of gluttony. I eliminated from my life all fat food (frech fries and mayo are my drug). I fought with my family – they wanted me to go to a dietician and started a slimming diet. But I know myself: I’m not the kind of person who can follow a diet.
    I started my new life style on January 2 and until now I have lost 22 kilos.
    Now I am very happy with my body and I didn’t do so many sacrifices. I’ve only changed my point of view on food and feeding.