Week 97 weigh in: I have fans? Nah

I have been sick literally ALL YEAR! I just had to say that, sorry. When I am ill my sense of humor gets a bit twisted. In this case it is true. I have had this ear infection for the entire calendar year of 2016. I am on antibiotics since Tuesday, so I should start to feel significantly better soon. But, I decided to pack it in today and take a day of rest.

After I made the decision to have a sick day today, I got up and weighed in. As of this morning I weigh 218.8 pounds. That represents a 6.2 pound loss since one week ago. You read that right, 6.2 pounds lost. One week of diligent tracking on the new Weight Watchers program, and being more mindful of my water consumption has me back on track. I am certainly not declaring victory here, I am still not back to my lowest weight of 2015, and that weight was still above my goal weight. What I am saying is that I am back on track. I feel a weight lifted from my shoulders. After 97 weeks, I am now down a total of 126.2 pounds or 36.6% of my original body weight.

When I told my wife what my weight was she said I could “go tell my fans” that I had lost weight, and that I no longer have to “start the new year being so morose”. My answer was “I have fans?” I told her there are followers of my weight loss story, and family and friends who offer plenty of encouragement, accountability and support, but I wouldn’t call them fans. She offered that I, at least, have cheerleaders. To that I agreed. I do have cheerleaders, and they matter to me a great deal.

One of the things I have tried to do on this journey is to not only hold myself publicly accountable for my decisions, but also to give back to the community. I know that I am supported and without that support I wouldn’t be as successful in this as I have been. And, I offer my support to those who are trying to make a difference in their lives.

When I get healthy, and my mind isn’t in a drug induced blur, I will write about the community aspect of weight loss and health management. I have come to understand that it is one of the pillars of success.

That is it for today. I am going back to bed.


  1. Happy to hear you are back on track and implementing the new WW system and it is proving to be successful for you! That is awesome.
    I was actually just on the way to the store to get a TShirt made with your face on it! :p #SuperFan
    Haha, hope you feel better soon!

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  2. Bobby, I just found your blog and will have to go back to the beginning to get caught up. I completely agree with your comments about a weight loss community. It’s so good to be connected to people who are going through the same thing. I’m only on week 6, but I’m on a journey to lose 150 lbs. I too have great support from family and friends, but no one I know has ever tried to lose this much weight. I’m going to do it, no matter how long it takes. Keep writing, I’m your newest fan, and I’ll be here to support you too!


  3. I am a fan, Bobby! 🙂

    I am so proud of you! Congratulations on getting back on the horse and losing that weight!

    So sorry to hear you’re still sick. I hope you get better soon and are able to begin your regularly scheduled workouts!

    I have been struggling a lot lately, and I’m still up 7.2 lbs. from my lowest… But I feel SO GOOD about this week, and I FINALLY feel back on track! Here’s to hoping!

    I am looking forward to 2016! Let’s make this our year!


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