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BMI TMI week #2 roundup

So, I’m at the end of week #2. I started, fully clothed and after breakfast, at 212. Last Wednesday I was 208.

Today I’m 206.

My successes have been in maintaining sustainable eating habits. My failures have been in keeping to an exercise program. I haven’t been completely sedentary, but I can do better.


  1. #1 Denice Walter
    August 19, 2009

    Dude! About the exercise: I divide it into the more intense, longer period,scheduled type- the “big guns”, so to speak (2-3 times a week) and the quicker sessions at home (Fit TV dance/ exercise class/20 minutes each, 3-4 times a week)which is easier to fit into your schedule.

  2. #2 elissa
    August 19, 2009

    Interesting article in Time magazine this week about exercise… the premise is basically that people who exercise often end up taking in more calories, thereby reducing the weight-loss benefits of the exercise. (I would imagine it’s still a good idea to exercise, but they’re saying food intake matters more in the long run).
    Link here

  3. #3 Dan J
    August 19, 2009

    Congrats! I must confess that I lost about 20 pounds over the past several months without any intention of doing so. Car trouble forced me to do more walking than I ordinarily would, and it just sort of happened. Two weeks ago I even quit smoking. I honestly feel better than I did six months ago.

  4. #4 Noadi
    August 19, 2009

    elissa: The study that article talks about has a number of pretty obvious flaws. The biggest is that the women were given no guidance on food at all, they were told to keep eating as normal. If you suddenly start burning more calories of course you’re going to eat more if you haven’t got any sort of eating plan to follow because you’re hungrier. The recommendations are never just exercise to lose weight, it’s always exercise AND diet.

    Dr. Isis had a good rundown of it on her blog http://scienceblogs.com/isisthescientist/2009/08/realistic_expectations_and_why.php

  5. #5 Donna B.
    August 19, 2009

    Six pounds in two weeks? That’s fantastic. I’m sure somebody here will correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t losing weight too fast unhealthy? And doesn’t it increase the chance you won’t keep those pounds off?

  6. #6 PalMD
    August 19, 2009

    It’s typical for me to lose a lot of weight in the first few weeks and then to slow down. I’m explicitly trying not to go so fast, but there seems to by something physiologic taking place the first couple of weeks.

  7. #7 Charlotte
    August 19, 2009

    Despite my general distaste for exercise and tendency to fall over a lot, you’ve inspired me to dig my in-line skates out of the attic, so thanks for that. My strategy’s more or less opposite to yours so far, but it’s a start.

  8. #8 Isis the Scientist
    August 19, 2009

    Good work, Pal!

  9. #9 Janette
    August 19, 2009

    I found that when it comes to losing weight, nothing succeeds like success. When I realized that I had actually lost weight, I was more motivated than ever to keep going, especially since I was doing something that was, well, doable. I lost over 60 pounds nearly 10 years ago and have kept it off by focusing on eating as healthy as possible (fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, a little lowfat dairy and fish)and exercising (both cardio and strength-training). If I had envisioned doing what I’m doing now when I first tried losing weight, I would have simply given up. But you just keep building on small successes.

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