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.
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.