Yes, that means it’s going to take me over two years to reach my goal weight, but, more importantly, it means that I’ve maintained this lifestyle for two years.
I can honestly say that I have completely changed the way I eat and move in the last two years. My mindset is completely different. I was just telling Brian last night (while watching The Biggest Loser) that last year my thought for Thanksgiving was that I just wanted to enjoy my favorites – in moderation – but basically forget about weight-loss for that day and enjoy.
This year, I really, truly want to enjoy some of my new, healthier favorites. The thought of putting all that fattening junk in my mouth is off-putting. I hope my extended family isn’t too disappointed that healthier options will be replacing some of the the fattening, calorie-laden goodies that I’ve brought in years past.
And, I'm totally excited about the 5 mile run I'm doing Thanksgiving morning. What a great way to start the day! (Even more than that, I’m excited about running my first half-marathon this coming Saturday!)
I’ll confess that I was feeling pretty frustrated when I saw the scale yesterday. I peeked at the scale Sunday morning and saw 131 – a number I haven’t seen in years. I was feeling excited and hopeful after a couple of weeks of less-than-impressive weigh-ins.
Then, I got on the scale Tuesday morning.
I gained two-tenths of a pound. At this point in the game, I really consider that normal fluctuation, rather than a gain. It’s certainly not a loss, though. It’s frustrating. I’m ready to be at my goal weight. I’m ready to start learning to maintain. I’m ready to celebrate.
Don’t get me wrong. I am so happy to be where I am rather than where I was. I’m so much healthier and happier. I’d rather stay where I am forever than go back to where I was.
However, I've been at this for nearly 2 years. I thought I would reach my goal weight that first year. Then, I thought surely by the second year mark. Now, I know there's no way I'm going to hit it by the 2 year anniversary.
I have to remind myself, though, that when I did Weight Watchers, forever ago, there was a lady who had lost a lot of weight. She wasn't at her goal weight yet, but she was getting there. She wouldn't tell people how long she'd been at it. Basically, she said people get too caught up on how long it's taking to lose the weight, rather than being focused on the process of changing their lives.
She’s right and so is Jill, who gave me an incredible pep talk. It doesn’t matter how long it takes. I have – and still am in the process of – changed my life. This isn’t a temporary thing, so I’m not going to stress if it takes a few more weeks or months to lose that last 7 pounds. Heck, when I started, I never dreamed I’d ever see being within 7 pounds of my goal weight!
Of course, I do need to get busy. I do need to beat Jill at our challenge. :)
How did you do on the scale this week?
Do or do not. There is no try.