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Why Aren't I Happier?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

I lost 3 lbs this week and I'm ok with it but why is it bothering me? My 1st week I lost 2 lbs and I was real happy about those 2lbs and glad to see the scale actually starting to go down for once. My 2nd week I lost 7 lbs and maybe that's why the 3lbs is somewhat a let down. I know I can't pull big numbers every week & that it's also not healthy. I know it's better than gaining. But, it's weird how the number game also plays mind games. In alittle while this will pass and it won't bother me anymore. I think it's not so much setting goals that causes disappointments but it's setting unrealistic goals. I wanted to lose 5 lbs this week and I lost 3. I shouldn't be looking at the fact that I didn't lose the 5 lbs but that I still had an accomplishment of losing 3lbs. So, 3 lbs is good. This in no means is a set back. I will look at the glass as 1/2 full not 1/2 empty.
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    Thanks Girls..

    2459 days ago
    I hear you and relate. For some of us, setting what seem like "small" goals feels like torture in itself. As a type-A in a high achieving, compare-yourself-to-others town (Los Angeles), I struggle with this daily & have written several blog entries about it. What I'm learning is, setting small, achievable goals means you ultimately have more successes and less beating up on yourself. So celebrate those 3 pounds! That's fantastic! Good luck! emoticon
    2459 days ago
    Well, I guess I could be a cheerleader and tell you how fantastic a 3 pound loss is, but I know that won't be helpful because I've been in your shoes many times. I lost 25 pounds through a weight loss program a while back and re-gained it plus more. During that time the large losses made the small losses very disappointing. And here I am on spark people (again) trying to lose this burden I'm carrying around with me.

    Like I told a friend who was discouraged when she gained all her weight back, we really don't have a choice. We can stay the same weight or even continue to gain, or we can continue to try. We have to continue to try. Even if I've eaten like crap for a whole year, I have to start over because it's so important. To me, to keep trying - always no matter what - is what counts. And even one day of being healthy counts.

    So on that note, congratulations on your 3 pound weight loss. I ate like crap yesterday and I know the scale will go up, but here I am again. Less time on facebook and more time on Spark people. Just keep showing up every day even when you don't feel like it, and I will too.
    2459 days ago
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