Once upon a time I wanted to lose 30 pounds in a month. Maybe a month and a half. I'd have an "important" date in the not-too-distant future and I'd focus on getting into the perfect size dress to make the event special. (anyone have a 10, 20 or 30 year class reunion?!)
Sometimes I took sketchy supplements. Other times I joined eating plans. My hopes were big but my losses were small and in the long-term - irrelevant.
This time I wanted to do it differently. Sure, I knew I like immediate gratification - who doesn't? Still, the reality is that I gained about 40 pounds at some point between winter 2013 and my all-time high weight in the Spring of 2016 - so why would I think I could lose those 40 pounds in a month or two?
Like many people on #weightwatchers I had one of my biggest losses in my first week - that was 2.4 pounds. I'm in various chat and support groups where people complain if they ONLY lose 2.4 pounds! As I scroll through my weight loss journey I see that I've never lost as much as 3 pounds in one week. There are 6 weeks where I logged a gain - including my Christmas Eve weigh-in where I gained 2 pounds!
You know what though? At that weigh in my overall situation was pretty darn good - I was down a total of 14.8 pounds. Would I have liked to go into the Christmas Holiday having lost 20 pounds? Sure. However, that gain did NOT send me into the dumps and spiraling into the "I'll eat whatever I want until New Year's" place I would have gone to in previous years.
I'm proud of the fact that the very next weigh-in, after New Year's eve and a great week of company visiting I lost .6 pounds!
I'm sharing this to remind myself that it's a slow and steady process that helps me reclaim my life, and to let anyone else who loses in small increments know that it's all okay - you're going in the right direction.
I've been posting pictures of some of my meals on Instagram. (you can follow me here). Looking at all my food photos I'm realizing two things - 1) my meals are pretty repetitive when I "cook" for myself; and 2) They're pretty ugly as far as food photos go.
I'm not going to be a food blogger anytime soon.
As a result I've started tagging my posts with #uglymealweightloss and am thinking of adding #lazygirlmeals too.
I'm really adamant about showing that losing weight:
Each week I'll highlight a few of my meals here, complete with my super-easy instructions and pure #uglymealweightloss photos. I'll let you know roughly how much each meal cost and how long it took to prepare keeping in mind my mantra of enjoying life not spending hours shopping or in the kitchen.
Hey! I'm Peggie & this is the year that I'm losing - my fears, my limits, and my ego. Along the way I'm losing weight and unhealthy habits, and picking up new skills too.