Friday, February 23, 2007

declaration of apogee

weight watchers online - 2/2007
(my personal wwol screen)

So, longtime readers of this blog know that, between May and October 2005, I lost around 45 pounds with Weight Watchers Online. This reversed the Great Weight Gain of 2003, in which I put on weight at a rate equivalent to scotch-taping a Twix bar to my body every day for nine months. Anyway, prone to bad habits as I can be, especially when I am doing a lot of travelling and feeling generally harried, I have lately been creeping back up again. Not at the 2003 pace, fortunately, but in all, I have gained 15 of the pounds I lost back. So things are happily not where they were before, when I would be regularly mistaken for the unfortunate detritus of a human-narwhal breeding experiment, but still the elevator is moving in a direction I don't want to go.

Today, harnessing the might of my credit card and this blog as devices of committment, I have rejoined with the goal of losing 15 pounds. I will be providing updates here. You should root for me.

18 comments:

Shamus said...

WOOO!!!! I'm rooting for you! Hell, after an unbelievably gluttonous meal last night, after which I came home and felt terrible about myself, I've decided I'll be joining you! Granted I have closer to 150 rather than 15 pounds to lose (really?!? hmmm... no, not really, but still). But I want to be healthier by the time I move to NYC. So I'll be your virtual work-out/eating partner. And perhaps not-so-virtual in the months to come!

rps said...

You rock! In fact, you're totally inspiring. Looking forward to cheering you on!

Gwen said...

I will root for you, but with the qualification that I think you are lovely as you are and never even came close to thinking you were part-narwhal. Thus my support should not be taken as any kind of agreement with your negative self-portrayal.

SalRivas said...
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SalRivas said...

In agreement with Gwen (except for the lovely part and part-narwhal bit...hehe), I am with you all the way my friend! YOU GO BOY! I would also highly encourage you to add some weight-lifting into your regimen, it is important to keep your muscles fit, especially as you begin your descent. ;-)

(I just discovered we can delete our own messages, cool!)

Tina said...

So, last weekend I got a bag of marshmallows so the kid and I could make rice krispies treats as a special "the weather sucks" Sunday activity. When he got home, he didn't want to make them, and over the last week, I have eaten the whole bag. The whole bag of marshmallows.

I am rooting for you.

jeremy said...

Shamus: Did you sign up?

RPS/Gwen/Sal: Thanks. I appreciate your rooting.

Tina: If I ate an entire bag of marshmallows, my immediate next thought would be, "I wish I had another bag of marshmallows."

A+ said...

I signed up again, too. I'm fatter than fat right now, and my pants no longer fit. So I'm rooting for us both...

eszter said...

Congrats! Gosh, I could really use this, too, but I won't commit right before a trip to Italy. I'm already collecting restaurant recommendations for Florence.

Hazy Dave said...

I bought myself a new digital scale for Christmas. When I finally took it out of the box in January, I discovered a metric/english switch on the bottom. Wooo!! I'm under a hundred!! But my wife insisted on setting it to pounds instead of kilograms, so it's much less fun to step on. Lacking the novelty of foreign units displayed between my toes, my shaping-up regimen has floundered somewhat, but I slowly gain more interest in pushups and smaller second helpings as the daylight hours increase...

Lucy said...

Go Jeremy! But that doesn't imply any agreement with your negative self-portrayal, as Gwen said. I think you need a star progress chart, too.

Ookami Snow said...

I will root for the underdog in this battle, twix bar.

Sure he is not the "home town favorite" but he does come in a foil wrapper.

I think Twix bar is up against a tough opponet, and his chances of winning are slim, but someone must stnad by him.

shakha said...

I did indeed join. My credit card has been charged! When I return to WI I will be buying a gym membership. Life as we know it is about to change, damn it! I won't fail this time! Except for the Lobster dinner I'm going to have tonight. But after that...!

jeremy said...

Shamus/A+/anyone else who joined: You have to provide updates, as if I am going to be holding myself accountable on my blog mainpage, other people have to have some kind of mechanism of accountability as well.

rps said...

Sugar (long one of my favorite terms of endearment, but rather delightfully ironic here, don't you think?): If I was inclined to report online the events of my life and/or hold myself accountable in the public sphere for all manner of goals and aspirations (beyond those mechanisms that are unavoidable, e.g., faculty webpages), I'd have a blog of my own.

A+ said...

I refuse to be accountable in the blog comments. It's not because I don't love you. See, you and Shakha are men. In my experience, men lose faster than women. One time, Shakha watched what he ate and took a few walks, and lost like 6 lbs in a week. I almost literally starved myself, did like 90 minutes of working out seven days a week, and lost 5 lbs - in a month.

I'm really not trying to back out and be a jerk. I just don't want to be sad.

Any other hard-to-lose people wanna join in on the fun?

jeremy said...

I wasn't necessarily thinking of updates in terms of outcomes. What about just an update as to how well one has done sticking to the point system? I'll provide full information about points allotted / consumed / earned (via exercise) in my own update, so one can see the extent to which I'm sticking with or veering off the plan, independent of how progress toward the outcome is coming along.

jess said...

I'm in.

For what it's worth, even if I hadn't sucked it up and joined too, I'd be rooting for you.

Further, even if I fail miserably while you shed the twix bars, I promise not to hold it against you (or at least try not to).