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The “Results” of My Healthy Living Experiment and Where to Go From Here

October 14, 2013  —  Written by Chris 

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In case you haven’t been following my experiment on Instagram, this was my “final” weigh-in this morning:

sorry for the blurriness

Not quite 207, but close enough to where I’m not gonna get down on myself. Yesterday I ate turkey, rolls, cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole, and mashed potatoes and gravy. It was a wonderful birthday dinner, and I feel really great about the progress I’ve made from where I started.

So where do I go from here? I’ve been saying since I started that this was just a short term goal for me. I wanted to get myself in a healthier place, making better choices and building good habits. I feel like I’ve made progress on that, but still with a long way to go. So here are my next goals:

• Don’t get above 210 before January 2014
• Keep waking up at 6
• Keep exercising every day

I’ll keep weighing myself, but I’m just gonna do one weekly weigh in on Monday mornings. Now, you may think it strange that my goal is just to not gain weight, instead of continuing to lose it. But we’re headed full steam into the holiday season, and not gaining weight is pretty darn ambitious for me. I would actually like to end up around 190 eventually, but we’ll leave that to the new year.

Lastly, I just want to thank all of you for your continued support and encouragement. Changing negative, life-long habits is always difficult, but it’s been so nice hearing that so many of you are going through similar things and to hear of your successes.

So now, I guess the only thing left to do is get crackin’ on the (controlled) holiday celebrating! Can’t wait to share with all of you the awesome food we have planned, and hopefully help you rock out the holiday meals as well.

Cheers, all.

What do you think?

  1. Nora Rose says:

    Woohoo! Congratulations! I think the holidays are always a struggle not to gain because trying to lose weight with so much yummy food around is just cruel! I know there are other ways to show love besides making food for people, but I am not rejecting my aunt’s delicious pecan pie!

  2. I know Julia probably isn’t up for exercising with you – but I have great luck around the holidays doing “workouts” with my little cousins, who are Greta’s age! Getting outside for a half hour of soccer on turkey day is a great workout for someone like me who does not want to get up early after a long night of pre-thanksgiving drinking :) GOOD LUCK!

  3. Great job Chris! I’m proud that no matter if you reached your goals 100%, you are still so positive. I am trying to live a healthy life as well, and reading your posts helps to keep me on track. I hope you continue to update us on how things are going so I will keep motivated as well. Also, congrats on the pregnancy!

  4. Go Chris! You’re so inspiring. Yes, my goal is zero weight gain with these holidays coming up (even though I’ll probably stuff my face every chance I get). Balance out those heavy meals with lots of cardio.

  5. You have a very realistic attitude towards weight loss which is refreshing. As you said, it’s harder to lose the weight but maintenance is fairly easy and – maybe I misunderstood you – but you should totally be encouraged that you can get into maintenance mode too!!!! It is the day in day out choice to do what you’re doing that, eventually, pays major dividends. Love the updates!

  6. Karen W. says:

    I really enjoy your balanced attitude!! I too am at a place where my focus is not on loosing more, but rather on maintaining my 25lb weight loss (I’m grain-free 1 year Oct 18th- basically a vegetable-centric paleo diet). Happily, my maintenance is no problem, not difficult at all, so I know I did the right steps in getting here (not to mention I cured my 22 years fibromyalgia and early stage MS!!)

    I just made this bread over the weekend (cashew butter and coconut flour based) and it not only exceeded my expectations (I had a SANDWICH!!) but my non-paleo mom and hubby loved it. It has a great crumb and actually has a crust!
    http://www.againstallgrain.com/2012/05/21/grain-free-white-bread-paleo-and-scd/

    I did my dietary overhaul right at holiday time- I actually brought my own meal to Thanksgiving. My MS symptoms were progressing quickly and I couldn’t have cared less what anyone thought or that it was the WORST time of year to eliminate grain and sugar. When you want something bad enough, nothing else matters ;-)

  7. Scully says:

    Congrats, that is really awesome! I think your goals are realistic and because of that, you will succeed! Enjoy the holidays, but don’t gain…sounds like good advice, since I think I read a stat once that many of us gain ten pound from Halloween to the New Year….

  8. Scully says:

    Congrats, that is really awesome! I think your goals are realistic and because of that, you will succeed! Enjoy the holidays, but don’t gain…sounds like good advice, since I think I read a stat once that many of us gain ten pound from Halloween to the New Year….

  9. Woo! Way to go! I’ve got the same kinda goal going into the holidays, keep it steady!

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  11. Neyir says:

    I love it :-)! I am super pleased for you as someone who has been on a similar journey and changing all that negative behaviour (self-talk for me) was and is the clincher! I also completely understand focussing on not putting on weight over the holidays. We were away for nearly a month this summer (in some fun locales with amaaaazing food) and I was over-joyed to have not put on any weight! The key for me seems to have been mainly sticking with my breakfasts, keeping up my excercise (we walked a ton) and then eating whatever I wanted but being mindful of portion size, oh yes and water. Can’t wait to hear what your golden nuggets are :-).

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