I can’t believe that it has been 6 months since I started my journey. That first post was on October 13, 2016 at 8:19 p.m. It was a public admission that I needed to make some changes and a commitment to get started. The first thing I did was to give up soda and other sugary drinks and I am now on day 182 without soda. This morning I weighed in at 265.6, a total of 77.6 pounds lost in 6 months and down 4.4 pounds since last week. I have now lost over 22% of my starting body weight! Most importantly, I feel like this is a new lifestyle and not a diet. I look forward to my routine each day and do not feel hungry, or like I am struggling to get through the day. I can really see this as my new normal and I think that is crucial to keeping the weight off.

Smart BMI

Smart BMIIn my first post 6 months ago, I reported my Smart BMI results as measured by the Smart BMI Calculator at ‘Extremely Obese’, scoring 61 out of 70. I am happy to report that as of yesterday, that calculator lists me at a 49 out of 70 which lowers me to the ‘Obese’ category.

Report Card

Two weeks ago, I laid out the 5 key areas that I am tracking. Through the challenges I have completed and reviewing my progress, I know that these are the key success factors for me each week. I thought it would be good to add in a weekly report card on each to track how I did in each area.

Category Rating Comments
Total Calories  Almost My average for the week was 2,341 calories. My target is 2,200 per day and I only hit it 4 out of 7 days. I burned a lot of extra calories in exercise so I gave myself a little leeway here. Still, I could have been better this week.
Intermittent Fasting  Pass My goal is to fast for 16 hours every day, and I made it 6 out of 7. The one day I missed was schedule related and I only missed by 30 minutes. This has been a staple from the beginning of my journey, before I even realized intermittent fasting was a thing.
Supplements Pass I had 2oz. of NingXia Red every day with a few drops of Slique Essence and Frankincense added. I’m currently out of Slique Bars and really need to get some more, but I did have 5 Larabars this week. The Slique Bar is a better snack for keeping my hunger cravings at bay and adds less calories and sugar to my day, but Larabars are great when I really crave a dessert (especially Lemon). I didn’t have a need for the Slique Shake this week – I mostly use that after the gym.
Sugar Pass My goal is to average <60g of sugar per day and I was at 51g this week. I did have 3 days that were over 60, so I need to be more consistent day to day. Looking back, those days were days where I had either ice cream or chocolate snacks for dinner and I had also had a Larabar in the afternoon. I need to make that one or the other and not both.
Exercise Fail This week, my exercise was 3 days finishing up the patio that I mentioned last week. I was not able to hit the gym at all as that project really took a toll on me. Apparently, lifting weights in the gym is NOT the same as lifting bags of stone/sand, or moving 500 pavers around. I’m sore, which was no surprise, but my lower back is also in a lot of pain. I’m going to give it time to recover before I hit the weights again. I will have to be careful next week – maybe all cardio.

Weigh In

I weighed in today at 265.6 pounds, down 4.4 pounds from last week and a total of 77.6 pounds (22.6% 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 265.6 lbs -77.6 lbs 240 lbs
(NIH suggests 200)
BMI 43.1 33.4 -9.2 <25 
Body Fat 37.0% 28.0% -12.0% <25%
Lean Mass 216.2 lbs


191.1 lbs


-13.9 lbs


76%-82% of weight
Body Water  41.6% 48.4% +6.8% 37%-63% of weight
Muscle Mass 201.0 lbs


180.1 lbs


-20.9 lbs


 >35% of weight
DCI 3799 kcal 3077 kcal -722 kcal n/a
Bone Mass 10.3 lbs 9.2 lbs -1.1 lbs n/a
VFR 20 13 -7 <12 


I also took down some updated measurements today:

Category Starting Today Change
Chest: 56″ 49″ -7″
Waist: 56″ 47″ -7″
Hip: 50″ 45″ -5″
Neck: 19.5″ 17.25″ -2.25″
Bicep: 17″ 14.75″ -2.25″
Thigh: 25″ 25″


Continue On…

Continue on to the Week 27 Results:


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