It's been two and a half months since my last diet update, and I have stayed on track that whole time. My waistline did not. In early October I hit what they call a weight loss plateau.
I'm certainly no expert on the subject. What my research indicated was that a plateau is brought on by a sudden loss of weight. It is implemented by the body decreasing its metabolism as a defense mechanism. And it usually lasts about three weeks if you stick to a healthy diet.
This was my experience exactly. At the time my plateau started in early October I had lost 24.5 pounds. I lost none until it ended at the end of the month. Since it ended, my diet has been doing fine, and I've lost 4.5 since then.
The other thing I need to explain is how I've been measuring. I was weighing myself with clothes and glasses and such. I've realized this is fairly inaccurate, because that does change. I did a couple of tests, and believe six pounds would account for everything I was wearing. That makes my new starting weight 208 pounds. It also means that my original goal of 175 pounds should be adjusted to 169.
With these new numbers, I can calculate my current weight of 179 pounds as a 29 pound loss. I'm very happy with were I am now. I obviously have some left to lose, but I think people would no longer describe me as a chubby guy.
As for my goal to be 169 pounds by the start of my trip? I do think I can lose that last 10 pounds in fifty days. I'm not positive if 169 will be my ultimate goal weight, but it's probably not too far from the mark.