So it’s Day 106, and I am, at last weigh-in, 35.2 pounds lighter than when I began. Actually, let’s lay it out in table form for you, since I haven’t done that lately:
Starting weight: 299
Last weigh-in (Friday): 263.8
Total pounds lost: 35.2
Pounds until 240: 23.8
So it seems that the Fortress is working, and I am not wasting your time. Certainly we could have seen more dramatic results. With 100 perfect days, I probably could be down to 240 already and finally be out of your lives.
While I am sorry for rehashing the basic plot of this drawn-out drama, I just wanted to see how it looked on paper. 35 pounds is definitely a nice chunk of weight, so I am feeling good about myself.
I wonder, though, how many of you I have lost along the way. Maybe the lagging of the posts from daily to three times a week has turned you off. Maybe my constant empty promises of weigh-ins and blog entries that never happened have helped you decide I am not worth your time. That’s ok. I don’t mind. Really. But for whatever reason, comments have dwindled on Blogcritics. At this point, the most regular poster is Guy, who doesn’t really count because he is my best friend and often just uses the BC forum to tell me what is going on his life. The other most frequent poster is Kevin, who also doesn’t count because he is a very close friend as well.
So indulge me, if you will. Please let me give in to my insecurities for a moment. I am asking whoever reads this post to leave a comment, just so I know you are there. If you want to say "hi", say "hi". If you want to say "Fuck you", say "Fuck you." You won’t hurt my feelings. If you want to offer your opinions on this series or my progress as a whole, that would be great. If you want to share your own story of fat-fighting, then that would be even better.
I am not pandering just for the ego boost. Instead, I would like to start answering your comments again. I want to know what you want me to write about, and I want to answer any questions you might have.
Also, I want to keep up the idea of the Fortress, and this blog is the foundation of that. It’s a personal support group, of sorts. Something that keeps me in check when I think about running afoul. It’s about having people that I don’t want to let down. Thank God for the internet, because otherwise I would be in this alone, and I would have no one to answer to besides myself.
So let me hear from you.
As for the diet, the first three days of the Perfect April have gone according to plan. I am sticking to 1,500 calories per day, with a few new twists from time to time. Tuesday, I made my first eggbeater omelet, with onions and fat-free cheese. It was delicious. Monday, my roommate brought home a low-fat chicken sandwich from Starbucks (his place of employment). 330 calories, 3.5 grams of fat. Though I wouldn’t ever pay the $6 price tag, it is definitely worth it if you get one for free.
As for the gym, I’ve gone the last two days. Monday, all the elliptical machines were taken, so I got on the stair climber for an excruciating, painful and sweaty 28 minutes. I wanted to stop, but I persevered. Now I have to make it back to the gym the next three days, and probably rest on Saturday.
I am confident that I’ll make it through the complete 25 days without screwing up, Though there are some possible pitfalls along the way (a spring potluck at work on Thursday, for instance). But it will be interesting to see what happens in Week 2 or Week 3. I am guessing I’ll try to convince myself to take a day off, but in the end, I’ll realize why I am doing this, and what the eventual rewards will be.
That’s it for today. Hope to hear from you guys (If you are out there, at least).