It's Weekly Weigh-In time! Have the scales been friendly to you this week or do you need a pep talk? Either way, share! I want to celebrate with or encourage you, whichever the case may be.
I am very happy this week. I didn't reach the three-point-whatever it was I was shooting for, but I still exceeded my weekly goal of 2 lbs. per week. I lost 2.6 lbs. again this week! The same as last week. I was very happy. Now, I'm only 0.6 away from an official 30 lbs. lost and 0.8 lbs. away from the 180's! Yes, I'm very, very excited.
Now I'd like to weigh in on attitudes, mine in particular. I wish I could explain to you how I'm feeling about myself and my weight-loss this go 'round. I'm not sure that the written word will do justice to what's been going on in my mind. There are a couple of things that are predominant.
First, I'm not doubting myself. I know I'm going to do it this time. I know I'll reach my goal weight. There is no doubt in my mind. It may not happen as quickly as I'd like it to (though, so far, so good), but it will happen. Last week, we had hibachi chicken take-out. Oh, my, it was good! It's also one of those things I've been avoiding since I began losing weight. Did I feel guilty about eating it? Nope.
First of all, I shared it with Megan since neither of us would eat the whole thing. Then, I put half of what was left in the box on a plate and put the remainder in the box into the fridge, so I wasn't tempted to eat more than half. Later in the week, I ate the remainder for lunch one day...but there wasn't much left by that point. Megan had already had part of what had been left as leftovers for lunch herself.
I told a friend that I've made good food choices for twelve weeks. I lost weight the week of Thanksgiving, for crying out loud. So, there's no way I'm going to let myself feel guilty about one order of hibachi chicken. This is a lifestyle change. The way I'm eating and working out now are ways that I can see myself eating and working out the rest of my life. And, there will be days, during the rest of my life, when I'll want to enjoy hibachi chicken...maybe even the occasional Big Mac (not in the foreseeable future on that one, though!).
There's a Leslie Sansone walking video that I do in which Leslie is talking about using weights during the workout. She's saying that it's okay to put the weights down for this particular exercise and just keep walking if you need to. She says, "You're doing 90% of it. Why worry about the 10% you can't do?"
Isn't that great advice? Why do we get so caught up on that 10%? I'm choosing to focus on the 90% that I am doing.
Second, I don't feel fat anymore. Yeah, I know I still am. I mean, I'm still 65 lbs. overweight, but I don't feel fat anymore. I don't have that "fat girl" defeatist attitude anymore. Sometimes it's a surprise when I look in the mirror and see that I'm still overweight because I feel so much better about myself. My confidence is up. My self-esteem is up. My energy level is up. I just feel better. It's a good, good feeling.
See? I told you the written word wouldn't do it justice. ;-)
So, what about you? How'd you do on the scale this week? What would you like to weigh in about? I'm missing those of you who have been around from the beginning of my journey. You've been awfully quite lately. You can't imagine how much you encourage me. I'd love to hear from you!