Eleven weeks ago I started a journey to get healthy. Today I ran 1.5 miles without stopping. It wasn’t fast but I did it – 11 weeks ago I don’t think I would have even tried. Today I weighed in at 306.0 which is up 3.4 pounds from last week. Disappointing, but I know I am still moving forward with my health.


I worked hard this week and I don’t feel like I overate, so what is different? Looking back over the last few weeks the one thing that has been different has been the amount of sugar I have eaten. Our family recently watched the documentary That Sugar Film. This film really opened my eyes to the reality of the sugar industry and how much sugar there is in packaged foods. Look at the sugar content on labels in your pantry. Dessert, in particular, is a challenge for me, so I am going to have to make a conscious effort to focus on not eating sugar.

I’m going to start the new year with a new challenge for myself – no sugar for 5 days (except for sugars naturally occurring in fruits and vegetables.) To keep myself honest I am going to track my food and post everything I eat here. If you want to join me, let’s give up sugar together for 5 days and see what happens. Look for my first day’s post on Monday.


Weigh In

I weighed in today at 306.0 pounds, up 3.4 pounds from last week. I’m so glad to have all the additional details from my iHealth Core wireless scale so I am not focused solely on weight and can see progress even when I don’t lose weight. This week was another positive in my body fat (down 1.8%), and lean mass (up 7.8 pounds). Here are today’s results with comparisons to where I started:

Category Started At Today Total Change Goal
Weight 343.2 lbs 306 lbs  -37.2 lbs 240 lbs
(NIH suggests 200)
BMI 43.1 38.4 -4.7 <25 
Body Fat 37.0% 30.6% -6.4% <25%
Lean Mass 216.2 lbs


212.3 lbs


-3.9 lbs

+ 6.4%

 76%-82% of weight
Body Water  41.6% 45.5% +3.6% 37%-63% of weight
Muscle Mass 201.0 lbs


200.6 lbs


-0.4 lbs


 >35% of weight
DCI 3799 kcal 3460 kcal -339 kcal n/a
Bone Mass 10.3 lbs 10.1 lbs -0.2 lbs n/a
VFR 20 15 -5 <12 


Continue On…

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or head back to the first post: Starting My Health Journey