15-week weight loss

I was wrong about my 3-month weight loss post. It hadn’t been 3 months – the time since I started my weight loss program had only been 10 weeks. I’m not sure how I was off by 2 weeks. Regardless, I wanted to post my most recent results.

I have lost —

::drum roll::

TWENTY-FOUR POUNDS (~10.9 kg)

Wahoo!

That’s 1.6 lbs a week, in that perfect healthy weight loss zone the experts want you to be in (1-2 lbs a week). The Goldilocks of weight loss.

I’ve got 48 more pounds (~22 kg) to lose. That’s a whole hell of a lot. If I lose weight at my current pace, that’ll take me 30 weeks to get to. Of course, it’s harder to lose weight the closer you get to your goal, so it could take closer to a year. If I get to my not-ideal-but healthy-for-me phase that means another 25 lbs. I might be able to get there in 15 weeks. I’m almost to my pre-pandemic weight: only 6 more pounds to lose.

Yes, I gained a fucking THIRTY LBS (~13.6 kg) during the pandemic. But I blame my antipsychotic, plus my marriage separation, plus issues with my kids, for causing me to binge eat and my cortisol levels to go through the roof.

Here are my goal steps and estimated weight loss time:

  1. Pre-pandemic weight (-6 lbs), 3-4 weeks
  2. 2017 weight (-8 lbs), 5 weeks
  3. 2106 weight, (-15 lbs), 9-10 weeks
  4. 2009 – 2015 weight (-25 lbs), 15-16 weeks IF I GET HERE I WILL BE HAPPY, NEXT MY IDEAL:
  5. 2004 – 2008 weight (-40 lbs), 25 weeks
  6. 2002 – 2004 weight (-48 lbs), 30 weeks

Wow, typing this out made me see some trends. I was a healthy weight in my mid-20s. I gained 8 lbs after I had my babies, putting me into the overweight category. Then I gained another 15 lbs after my family lost our jobs during the Recession and had to move across the country and live with my former husband’s parents. I stayed at that weight for 6 years.

Then 2015 happened and I’ve packed on the pounds since then, putting me into the obese category. What happened in 2015? Well, I lost my faith, told my husband I wanted a divorce, and started taking psych meds. So I gained, 10 lbs in 2015, another 7 lbs in 2016, 2 more lbs in 2017. Then the pandemic happened and I gained 30 lbs. 10 of that was after I moved into my own apartment/separated from my husband.

Well, it feels really good to see my weight gain journey. I don’t know if it’s realistic of me to get to my ideal weight even though that’s what is considered “healthy.” As far as the way my body felt, my glucose, my blood work, my ability to move, my blood pressure, my heart rate: all that was good 25 lbs less than what I am at now, back in 2014. So maybe that’s what I should shoot for. I think that’s something I’d be able to maintain.

My doctor upped my semaglutide (each month it goes up until the 5th month and then stays there). The last week or so I’ve only been able to consume 600 calories because I have no appetite. I kinda don’t hate that because I’ll lose weight faster, however that can’t be healthy.

My Factor keto meals come in on Tuesday and hopefully they’ll taste good. They are each 500-600 calorie meals and that’s all I’ll eat during the day because I’m intermittent fasting as well. So that should get me closer to a healthier calorie count. If I can’t eat at least 1,000 calories I will call my doctor and see what he suggests. I can’t believe I’m even having this problem! I used to eat like a grown overweight man! Lol

Oh and I started going to my gym again. Well, I went once to meet with a personal trainer. The plan is to weight train Mondays and Wednesdays. Then 1-2x a week I’ll walk and 1-2x week rollerskate/rollerblade. Today I went on a 4.15 mile (~6.7 km) walk with one of my friends and it was fabulous.

5 thoughts on “15-week weight loss

  1. Congrats on your success so far. Super inspiring. I can’t wait to see how far you will go.

    All the best,
    Brett

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About Quixie

Hi! I go by "Quixie." Quixie is a shortened version of "quixotic," which means: "exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical." It's how I described my evangelical Christian faith when I started blogging 7 years ago. Now I'm an agnostic atheist who is trying to find a balance between idealism and reality. I write about my mental health journey with bipolar disorder, my loss of faith (deconversion), parenting teens, reading, exercise/health, work-life, and my marriage separation/divorce.