Mark’s Latest Weigh-In

The weight continues to drop off. This morning I saw 246 on the scale for the first time in a couple of years. That’s eight pounds lost since I started the Xocai meal replacement shakes 17 days ago, and 24 total since I decided to lose weight back in April.

As a little bit of a history, Becky and I have been eating Xocai Healthy Chocolate for a year or so now, but it didn’t seem to have an effect on my weight for most of that time. While the pain and inflammation that made it difficult to get in and out of my car and near impossible to tie my own shoes went away almost immediately, I wasn’t serious at all about my weight problem and continued to gain. Then in April, I saw the number 270 on the scale. For some reason that was the moment that I realized that if I didn’t get this under control, I could looking at 300 pounds soon. Privately, I’d always dismissed people that weighed 300+ as having some real personality issues. I smugly thought “How can any self-respecting person let themselves go like that?” Yet there I was, 90% of my way to that number. I’d pretty much answered my own question.

So the first thing I did was go back to what had worked for me in the past – something that most dieting gurus tell you NOT to do. They (including the experts that wrote the diet plan that comes with the Xocai shakes) say you should only weigh yourself once a week. But I’d found in the past that if I weighed myself every morning and marked it off on a graph, I tended to think of the next morning’s number whenever I contemplated eating something. Back in my mid-twenties I’d done that and gone from what I’d thought was an incredibly fat 180 pounds back to my high school weight of 160. I thought that maybe I could harness that again.

Since I work from home and have a kitchen fortified with enough food to feed the five of us, the temptation is always there to snag things all through the day. It’s SO easy to grab “just a little of this” or “just a little of that”, but knowing that I’ll have to face the scale and chart first thing in the morning really helps me be accountable. The funny thing is, if I can talk myself out of that craving for just a few minutes, it goes away and I realize I wasn’t really that hungry after all.

That being said, I think the experts are right – for the vast majority of people, weighing once a week really is best. You’re going to have those days when you’ve stuck your diet faithfully, only to see your weight increase on the scale the next day. The natural rhythms of our bodies are like that, but for a lot of people, it can be really discouraging. For me, those unhappy weigh-ins are offset by those times when I step onto the scale knowing that I’d done a poor job with my eating the day before, only to find that I’ve lost another pound anyway.

One thing I know for sure, though, is that the Xocai shakes have accelerated my weight loss incredibly, yet I have fewer hunger pangs and a lot more energy than when I was dieting without them. But even better, I know that when I eventually hit my goal weight, I can continue to enjoy the shakes to maintain my weight. It’s not like being on some exotic, taste bud-killing, time-consuming regimen – it’s CHOCOLATE!!