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DreamingNeonBlack is doing 14 things including…

lose 10 lbs


DreamingNeonBlack has written 5 entries about this goal

148 lbs

Now trying to weigh 138 lbs.

That’s a little bit more than I weighed when I wasn’t miserable by roughly 5 lbs.


It’s been a miserable day foodwise. I feel hungry, but it’s almost 2:30 in the morning. Usually eating so late at night causes me to enter the dreadful binge-mode. On top of that, I don’t even WANT anything. Nothing’s really making me think, “Wow this sounds good!”

This is all I had to eat today:
Weight Watchers: grilled chicken and penne pasta (330 cals)
2 cans of diet VAULT (10 cals)
Total= 340 cals/6 points

I lost another pound today. Finally. I now weigh 144 lbs. 6 lbs down; 4 to go. I hope I lose more tomorrow.

I have all these points that I can save up for, but I don’t want to make up for it until Friday.

This really shouldn't bother me...

but it does.

My regimen to motivate myself has backfired, but not really.

I haven’t lost an ounce since Saturday, which confuses me up a wall. Mind you I do everything I’m supposed to do. I’ve been exercising almost everyday to burn the fat and calories.

I haven’t gained weight, but I expected that at this rate to at least lose a pound over three days. I felt really pissed off. Part of me just wanted to say screw it, and then I looked in a mirror. The cellulite was a lovely reminder. Nothing like catching a glimpse of yourself changing clothes and everything sags, knowing that you’re busting your ass to make it go away and every square inch of it is STILL THERE!

Needless to say, these “thin” feelings of losing 5 whopping pounds have gone away. This Saturday when I weighed myself, I felt confident; today I’m disgusted again. I can’t stand it. I am too disappointed to keep this up. I’m too disappointed to have let myself get to this point, but I’m also too disappointed to allow myself to give up.

2 cans Diet Vault (10 cals)
Weight Watchers: Fiesta rice and beans (290 cals)
Low-fat string cheese (100 cals)
Total= 400 cals/ 8 points

I know that really is not a lot, and some of you may argue I’m undereating, but I don’t even feel like it. At the end of the day, I don’t realize I’ve only been eating only about a third of what I should everyday. I honestly don’t even feel deprived, because during the day I’m always busy and never hungry, and don’t eat dinner till late. At that point, it’s too late to eat another meal, so I just have a light snack.


I’ve been so busy today. In between studying and going to class, I hadn’t any free time until 11 tonight. At that point, it was too late to really do anything, so I didn’t get out to exercise. I feel like such a slob who’s wasted all day and all night in front of a computer screen.

So I didn’t do anything, and the internet’s been a boring place. It’s frustrated when you know you could have gotten exercise instead, but the recreational and wellness center was closed at the hour I wrapped up.

However, I didn’t overeat, so I think I’ve been redeemed at least a little:
Low-fat string cheese (100 cals)
1 can diet VAULT (5 cals)
Weight Watchers: Chicken enchilada w/ rice (270 cals)
1/2 cup Low-fat cottage cheese (90 cals)
Total= 465 cals/ 9 points

But I feel incredibly full and guilty for some reason. I don’t know if I feel like this because I didn’t eat until so late at night, or whether I failed to exercise. I feel like I need to compensate for this tomorrow somehow, preferably jogging that 3/4 of a mile. I’m so scared of gaining weight right now, especially just after acheiving my goal of losing 5 lbs. And I know that every time I go to the Rec center, I’m tempted to go on the scales and evaluate those dreaded numbers.

From starting weight

Name: Christina
Age: 20
Height: 5’1
Starting Weight: 150 lbs
Current Weight: 145 lbs
Mini Goal: 140 lbs

I have reached my first mini-goal of 5 lbs, and now I want to push my goal further by another 5-pound-period, so my overall goal of 115 lbs doesn’t seem so intangible. On the bright side, I am closer to 100 lbs than 200 lbs, like I was last week. Anything over 150 lbs for my height is when it starts getting ugly with me.

Previously, I’ve been weighing myself on a daily basis to encourage myself, but I feel as though I won’t need to do that anymore. I plan on weighing myself this Friday morning so that I can be surprised (or disappointed) with my weight loss goals.

Some may call my decision to reduce calorie intake to only 600-800 calories a day, but lately, food has been the last thing on my mind. I’m not going to force myself to eat if I don’t feel the need to, and while it’s for my own benefit. Restricting caloric intake has helped me to lose 30 lbs (I was my thinnest before Thanksgiving at 127 lbs) and keep it off until a devastating turn in my life caused me to do nothing but eat and stop caring about myself for several of months.

But as for right now, I’m focused on losing only ten pounds. Hell, I’m already halfway there.


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