SamoasI made the mistake of buying several boxes of girl scout cookies (Samoas) and thinking that I could store them and only have a few at a time. I thought I could control myself and use them as a small treat within my diet. After all, one cookie is only 65 calories and 6g of added sugar. Over the course of this week, I ate 4 entire boxes of Samoas. I almost doubled the added sugar in my diet this week over last week. The only good thing is that they are now gone. I made up for the calories in my diet (though it was hard) and ended up at an average of 2,560 calories this week. I thought that would save my weight loss goals for the week as everything else was going well, but I ended up this week up 1.2 pounds at 277.5.

Diet Priorities

I found this chart on another blog when researching the impacts of sugar:

Source: Renaissance Periodization

I like how this chart ranks the different factors in your diet because it helps to put things in context. Consistency is the most important factor (up to 100%). Calorie balance is second at 50%. Where your calories come from (protein, fat, carbohydrates) is next at 30%. After that, a lot of other things have a small impact. This just looks at diet, but exercise, sleep, stress, and genetics all play their role as well. What all this means is that your journey is a very personal journey and will not likely look exactly like someone else’s journey.

For me, added sugar is an issue. I know it is an issue and I should have known better than to tempt myself.I really love Samoas.

I really love Samoas.

When I started, I also really loved soda. So far, I have managed to live without it for 162 days. I need to do the same with added sugars in other products.

Weigh In

I weighed in today at 277.5 pounds, up 1.1 pounds from last week and a total of 65.7 pounds (19.1% of my body weight). Here are all the additional details from my iHealth Core wireless scale:

Category Started At Today Total Change Goal
Weight 343.2 lbs 277.5 lbs -65.7 lbs 240 lbs
(NIH suggests 200)
BMI 43.1 34.9 -8.2 <25 
Body Fat 37.0% 27.2% -9.8% <25%
Lean Mass 216.2 lbs


201.9 lbs


-14.3 lbs


 76%-82% of weight
Body Water  41.6% 48.3% +6.7% 37%-63% of weight
Muscle Mass 201.0 lbs


191.5 lbs


-9.5 lbs


 >35% of weight
DCI 3799 kcal 3194 kcal -605 kcal n/a
Bone Mass 10.3 lbs 9.7 lbs -0.6 lbs n/a
VFR 20 13 -7 <12 


Continue On…

Continue on to the Week 24 Results:


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