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I’ve hit the goal, and I actually feel like I’m too skinny! I think I looked better when I was around 130, or maybe I’m just not used to this body yet. This is around the weight I was in high school. 3 years ago


Well, the scale at work seems to think I’ve made my goal here as of today. I weighed myself throughout the day and it never went over 125. I’ll wait awhile to mark this “done” and see if it actually holds there. SKINNY! 3 years ago

SJGetting Close

128! Cutting out sugar and a lot of carb-y foods this week really helped. I’ll probably try to continue doing that for the most part indefinitely. This goal very well may be met by the end of the month! 3 years ago


8 pounds to go!

This is pretty awesome because I started somewhere between 143 and 145. That’s at least 10 pounds lost, maybe 12. Working on my feet is really working well for me, because I really haven’t been watching what I eat at all. I’m figuring that cutting out dairy for a week will help this even more.

Thinking about looking into joining a gym tomorrow too, and if I don’t I’m going to force myself to go running. 4 years ago


Ten pounds to go! 4 years ago


Now that I’m back to work, and back to being on my feet for 12 hours a day, the pounds are starting to drop off without my even trying. THANK FUCKING GOD. I hate having to pay attention to what I eat and I hate hate hated counting calories.

To continue on this weight-loss path, I need to continue to walk to and from work whenever possible and join the local gym so I can get into awesome shape. I kinda want to get buffed up again. Heh. 4 years ago

SJNot Losing It

Somehow, I’ve only managed to lose a pound or two, though I’ve been doing this calorie counting thing for 5 or 6 weeks now. I should be down more than that. The only thing I can figure is that I’m underestimating my intake, though I purposely TRY to overestimate. Perhaps I need to be more exact in my measurements for a week or so, until I really get the hang of eyeballing things. I will try that this week. 4 years ago

SJLose It!

I recently started (loosely) tracking calories using an iPhone app called Lose It, really out of curiosity more than anything. I’ve never really had to worry about calorie intake due to having a very active job (10+ hours a day on my feet), but now that I’m (f)unemployed and therefore less active, I’m finding that it’s in my best interest to be a little more aware of these things. And really, if you actually start paying attention to this, the realizations are SHOCKING. I’m learning that carbohydrates are little devil calories, salads can be ridiculously unhealthy if you forget to ask for dressing on the side, and that tortilla chips may be the death of me. I mean, I knew these things before, subconsciously, but it’s AMAZING to see the actual numbers and percentages in front of you.

Oh, and regarding this goal, I am nowhere even CLOSE to 125 pounds these days. Last time I actually weighed myself (before the calorie tracking and also before I started working out again regularly), I was coming in somewhere around 140. Not acceptable! 4 years ago


About 4 pounds to go, or 3 if I weigh myself first thing in the morning.

I’m a pretty obsessively healthy eater to begin with, so I haven’t changed much in that department. I haven’t even added an extra gym day. I’ve just been staying longer on the days that I go, doing a second (less intense) cardio set at the very end. I’ve also been walking everywhere I possibly can and talking walks on my lunch break at work. 6 years ago

SJThe Time Is Now

I have a wedding to attend back in Chicago in three weeks. It’s going to be a rather large event, with a lot of family members whom I haven’t seen in quite some time. I have a nice dress (the one I did the photo shoot in) and found shoes to match. I’d like to try and lose the last 6 or 7 pounds I need to attain this goal beforehand.

I got out of my gym routine a little bit when I was housesitting in the next town over. My diet is pretty damn healthy these days, but I haven’t been exercising as regularly. Must work on that. 6 years ago


I’m really going try and step up on this goal right now. I’m hovering somewhere around 135 to 138 and I am NOT okay with that. My coworkers and I started “Fat Club” and we do a weekly weigh-in. So far, nobody has lost anything. Damn winter. 6 years ago


Although well on my way to completing this goal, I think I may Master Cleanse anyway. I’m in need of a good mental/physical/spiritual upheaval due to recent traumatic events. 7 years ago


...I’ve gotten down to 130. I haven’t been eating much I suppose. 5 more to go and a little over a month to do it. 7 years ago


I like the idea of a personal challenge! Good job robots! 7 years ago


I’m well on my way with the goal, entirely by accident of course. I’m dropping pounds like you would not believe on what I call “The Breakup Diet,” also known as depression. Ugh. 8 years ago

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