Week 53 weigh-in: Giving back – In good and not-so-good ways

These last 7 days have seen ups and downs for me. Here is a quick rundown.

After my successful weigh-in last Friday, I decided to give myself the weekend off from heavy workouts. On Saturday I did attend a meeting of a group called Team 383. It is a group that was organized by Brian Fleming and Jackie Eastham. You can read more about the group here. Brian’s is an inspirational story of losing nearly 400 pounds through diet and exercise. His story has been featured in newspapers, magazines and TV shows around the world. As it turns out, I live just about a mile from him, and I was glad to finally connect with him and the local group. That meeting did include taking a walk around an indoor track, so I wasn’t completely without exercise.

Sunday I slept in and skipped my workout.

I did workout on Monday and Tuesday, but Tuesday was a bit odd. When I woke up that morning I had a slight sore throat. I didn’t initially think much about it, and went about my normal day. By the end of the day it was obvious that my cold had come back. Since then I have been battling it.

Wednesday I worked from home and felt fairly miserable, and I did not work out.

Thursday I was feeling much better and participated in a work-sponsored community service event at Forgotten Harvest. For the event I was on a team of about 30 people who re-packed 40,000 pounds of potatoes. We moved them from 2,500 pound bags into family sized bags. My job was to get them out of the 2,500 pound bags and into bins for bagging. It was back breaking work, but I really liked being involved. Later in the day we also sorted and re-packaged 6,000 pounds of red peppers. It was a great day to be sure.

This morning I woke up sore from the event, and not 100% with my cold. My wife suggested I give myself one more day off from working out,so I did.

With being away from my workplace, I also didn’t do much extra walking.

Also this week my wife made some amazing Jambalaya. We had it as a meal twice, and a side dish once. It is really delicious, and very filling.

At the end of all that, between eating a little extra and exercising a lot less, I ended up gaining 2.2 pounds for the week. My total weight loss is now at 115.0 pounds, and my weight is 230.0

I am a bit disappointed, but I know there are going to be weeks like this in this second year. The plan for the week ahead is to get healthy, and get back to working out. I also plan to be back in the office doing my laps in the morning, lunch time and end of day to keep my walking up.

For today I am going to let my sore back rest, work from home, and enjoy the fact that my heating pad and ice pack are both nearby.

This week I gave back some of the weight I lost, and I also gave back to my community. Considering everything, it was a good week. I am disappointed with the weight gain, but I know I am still on the right path, and those pounds will take care of themselves.


  1. I can relate to the disappointment of the weight gain. But like you said, those pounds will take care of themselves. The important thing is that you are on the right path.

    Hope you feel better soon.

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