September 12, 2010 – A Day I’ll Always Remember

During the time since we quit the liquid diet, I did try several things to make me want to lose weight again. I bought a Withings scale that send my information to a special Twitter account that the world can see (if they follow it). You can see the latest tweet (weigh-in information) in the box to the right. One of the reasons I signed up for it was that Leo LaPorte of This Week in Tech claimed that a woman wouldn’t do that. Leo’s obviously never met me. It didn’t shame me into losing weight, but it did keep track of my ups (frequent) and downs (not so frequent).

One day was momentous. You see, when I got the scale in March of 2010, I weighed 291.1 pounds. Then, the weight roller coaster started until, on September 12, 2010, I hit a not so good milestone. For the first time in my life, I weighed just over 300 pounds (302 to be exact). I was close to it for a long time, but that was the day I went over. It became a day that will live in infamy (in my life, at least).

Since then, I have been back below 300 a few times, but I never stayed there long. Instead, my so-called “starting” weight continued to go up. I would re-set my goals on SparkPeople and re-set my goal on my Withings scale. First, 298.9 and then 305.8 and then 307.3, 308, 311 and finally 312.5.

So, today, after eight days back on the liquid diet, I stepped on the scale and saw 299.2. Alleuia! I’m back below 300 for the first time in almost a year. And I’m bound and determined to stay there.

Here’s to being healthier at 51 than I was when I turned 50 this past January.

–Carla

What a Difference Three Years and Five Months Make

Hi there.  Remember us?  We used to blog here about the liquid diet we were on and the weight we lost doing it.  We also blogged about how frustrating it could be.

In the three years and five months since our last blog post, lots of things have happened. We each have different offices, though mine is still at the same place. We started a beer blog focused on Cincinnati. My mom passed away. We took my dad to Disney with us three times. My union went out on strike for a week. And we gained back all the weight we lost. For me, it was thirty pounds more than when we started the liquid diet back in July of 2007.

There were many times in those three years and five months that we talked about losing some weight. But, we would just have another burger and beer.

Then, in May of this year, we lost Tom’s cousin Sharon. She wasn’t just a cousin. She was the sister Tom never had. When we heard her health was failing, we dropped everything to drive to Houston. We didn’t make it in time, but Tom got to talk to Sharon one last time. In fact, he was the last person to talk to her.

When we got to Houston and set about the business of celebrating Sharon’s life with family and friends, something started to change. It was like a switch came on. All of those “you know, some day we should really…” projects became more important. We cleaned up our lower level and really separated our work and play areas. We got the ceilings re-painted that had been damaged by a leaking roof a couple of years ago. We got an estimate for expanding our patio and are just waiting for the HOA board to approve it.

But, most importantly, we decided to really do something about our health. We decided to do a version of the liquid diet like we had done before (and documented here). We found a website online that sells shakes and bars almost exactly like the ones we used before. We set a date – Monday, July 16th (after the Beer Bloggers Conference in Indy). And three days ago, we started.

After re-reading this blog, we are determined to listen to our bodies more and do the things that make them feel better. Don’t eat and drink to excess. Don’t eat or drink because you’re angry. Eat because you’re hungry. Have a beer on occasion, but make it worthwhile. Don’t kill yourself if you don’t make it to the pool every day. We know these first few days (and maybe weeks) will see pounds dropping fairly quickly. But it doesn’t matter if we don’t stay in it for the long haul.

The journey begins again…