So here’s to the weekly weigh in! Last week I lost 2.2 pounds. It has taken me longer than I wanted, but today I hit eleven pounds, which is a little more than ten percent of one hundred pounds! Even though it took a lot longer than I wanted to, the important thing is that I made it and am continuing on my way to one hundred pounds.
The first week I started this journey I lost five pounds. My mind automatically went to what if I did that next week, and the week after that. I will lose fifteen pounds in three weeks. I already know from dozens of attempts to lose weight that my body doesn’t lose much the week after a five pound loss. So as the weeks have passed and I have lost one or two pounds (the recommended amount of weight loss in a week) I found myself getting a little discouraged.
When you have a lot to lose it seems like those one or two pound losses don’t really add up to much. That is where we have to tell ourselves that is a lie. Every pound lost is a pound closer to where we want to be. Sometimes when we are right in the middle of an experience it seems to take forever, but when I look back it really hasn’t been that long. The truth of the matter is that the time would have passed just as quickly if I hadn’t been doing anything and getting closer to my goal, but I have done something and I am now ten percent closer to my goal. I am so excited about that!
I also have to look back over the time I’ve been working on this and realized that the only exercise I have been able to do is ride my recumbent bike. I have been having trouble with my knees so that’s about all I can do right now. That means most of my weight loss I really have to chalk up to the food I have eaten, and probably even more the food I haven’t eaten.
This week I tried a little experiment (I’m sure I’ll be doing a lot of this, but that’s what it’s all about, right?) I’d like to share with you. I think it has been really helpful. I got myself a composition notebook and started writing once a day in it. I just shared my thoughts about how things were going, quotes I found helpful, how I overcame a struggle, etc. Then at the end of the week I read all my entries and highlight things that really stick out to me.
Here are just a couple of the things I highlighted. I went to a program the other night and one of the speakers said, “No failure is final!” Wow! If I can keep this in mind, I’ll be able to keep myself on track. We all slip up, but if we remember that failure isn’t final, it doesn’t have to take us down the road that leads to giving up.
The other thing I wrote down is that I am going to talk to myself in a positive way. In another entry I wrote, “When I don’t spend so much time beating myself up it leaves me open for all kinds of better thoughts, and a more positive outlook on life.
I hope you’ll take time to check in as well. So how are you doing on your journey? Has it been a great week, or have you struggled? Please share your thoughts and we can all help each other move to the next level!
Let’s do this together! We’ve got this!