It was that awkward moment around Halloween 2012. Maybe you saw the image that went (mildly) viral? My costume was to be an homage to Monty Python, and I had nothing to worry about with it fitting as it was the â€œone size fits allâ€ variety. I slipped on the base outfit and checked it in the mirrorâ€¦
Then I turned to one side.
Then to the other.
When I smoothed out the front and my hand went out not down, I knew that a day I dreaded had finally arrivedâ€¦
â€¦but no, Iâ€™ll deal with it later. Maybe it wasnâ€™t as bad as the costume made it look.
Fast forward to the first weekend of November, when Pip and I were at the Emerald City Steampunk Expo. Iâ€™m getting into my steampunk outfit, I go to button up my pantsâ€¦and I canâ€™t. Not the first time. Not the second time.
You can guess how the third attempt went.
It is at this point I accepted the fact that all the weight I had lost and kept off (give or take a few pounds) between 2007 and 2010 had returned in full gluttonous glory. Once back in Virginia, I asked Pip if she wanted to join me on Medifast. The program had worked for me, and I trusted their system. We agreed, and decided to get on the wagon â€“ the two of us, together â€“ the week of Thanksgiving.
Yeah. We went on a diet the week of Thanksgiving.
193 was the starting weight. That was a hard number to have staring back at me from the floor. That was the 2006 Model Tee. I liked the 2007 Model Tee. It hadnâ€™t been easy getting to that goal weight of 155, and I knew it was going to be even harder this go-round as I am now in my forties. Stepping off the scale, I looked at the week ahead Two Thanksgiving dinners, both offering my kryptonite â€” pumpkin pie. That’s what happens when your timing of “I’ve had it!” really stinks. I had two options:
- Cry, piss, moan, and whine about it.
- Do something about it, but just work a little harder.
I was expecting to feel as if I failed, seeing as I was back on the packets and bars. It was just the opposite. I felt a surge of pride. Well, pride and many trips to the loo on account of drinking lots and lots AND LOTS of water. (64 oz. / 8 pt. a day. Pip now appreciates the Mason jar glass.) I was taking control again, and I was determined to make it work.
If you are reading this post, it means today I passed the 20 pound milestone.
This time, Iâ€™m approaching the health and weight loss very differently. Instead of staying hardcore on the Medifast food â€“ which, honestly, has been a surprise in how much the food had improved â€“ Iâ€™m incorporating off-the-shelf food with the Medifast meals. Iâ€™m trying to approach how Iâ€™m eating differently along with what I eat. This is also to make sure when I step away from their food, I can transition much easier into â€œrealâ€ meals. This approach has made my 2012 “Get Fit” odyssey infinitely better.
The trade-off has been, though, the weight loss has been more gradual; but Iâ€™m in no hurry. I’d like to be lean by the time Dragon*Con rolls around in 2013 which was exactly what happened between 2006 and 2007. Looking at my stats on Weightbot, I appear to be right on track.
Medifast says â€œGive yourself goal treats but make sure these treats are not food related.â€ (So much for the Dogfish Lock-Inâ€¦) and that is sound advice. On thinking about it, I decided that when I hit my desired goal of 155 (which, if I start strength training around 165, might change) Iâ€™m going to make an appointment with the incredibly talented J.R. Blackwell. I want to do a full on photo shoot involving steampunk, secret agents, and maybe even superheroes. Â Considering what she did with me on the flyâ€¦
â€¦I want to give her time to plan, plot, and prepare.
That goal is in my sightsâ€¦and I intend to get there. So this is a charge to the lovely Miss Blackwell: Make sure your cameraâ€™s ready.