Sunday, February 20, 2011
On January 3, my three sons and I started a Family Biggest Loser Challenge. I knew I had no shot to win, since I had already lost most of my weight, and was down to needing to lose about the last 20 lbs. or so. But I said okay to their idea.
Surprisingly, it has inspired me to work really hard to lose the last weight. I usually start letting up about now when I'm on a weight loss journey...never actually reaching a pre-set goal. I hope this time is different. I hope this time I can make my goal--only 13.4 pounds away--and that I can keep it off. I have been frantically searching for successful maintenance stories and tips and ideas to help me when I get there. I am dismayed when I hear the percentages--only 5-10% of people actually keep off all the weight they lose. Depressing. I've worked so hard, I like how I look, and I NEVER want to go back to where I was. And STILL I KNOW how easy that would be. It's a slippery slope and I have to keep a tight rein on myself, til the end of time!
Although I only lost .2 lbs. last week, I made up for it this week--losing 3.2 lbs. WOOHOO!! But my youngest son has claimed the lead over me finally, I had been leading since the beginning. He has already lost over 23 lbs. since we started for an 8.27% loss, I have only lost 15.4 lbs. for an 8.06% loss. I am satisfied with my loss however, especially this late in my journey! And if you count the 154 pounds I have lost in total, I'm at over 46% lost. My oldest son doesn't have much to lose either, but has lost over 10 lbs. already. My middle son needs to lose over 200 lbs., he is the one I worry most about, but has only lost 6 lbs. He has a hard time giving up the food he loves to eat. Don't we all?