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Fifty Pounds Down

Friday, April 05, 2013

This morning I stepped onto the scale as I do most mornings.

108.52 kilograms.

That probably doesn't mean much of anything to you if you weigh in pounds.

And when I write that I started this at 131.54 kilograms, that doesn't really make it any much more clear.

131.54-108.52 = umm....


So, a kilogram is 2.204 pounds, approximately, and so to put that into units that most folks can relate to, I've lost

23.02 x 2.204 = 50.74 pounds.

Pretty nifty.

That's an average about 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) per week, which has been my target rate based on the approximations and estimates of my maintenance calorie level and calories burned per activity.

I'm encouraged by that.
But I really don't have much control over that rate.
In the coming weeks and months it might be more like 2 pounds per week.
Or 0.5 kilograms per week.
It's going to be whatever it's going to be and I don't mind.

As I write pretty often, I ABSOLUTELY have no control over what the scale might read.

That's why I personally don't do "weight by a date" goals.
You won't find me writing about wanting to lose "10 pounds by May" or anything like that.
I don't care if others do that, but that's not what I do.
And the reason I personally DON'T do it is that I want to set goals for things that I can control.

I can control a few things:

1. My food intake. THAT is the biggie. I write this often that you can EASILY out-eat your exercise.

2. What I do with my time. I can sit on my backside and watch TV or I can DO things.

3. My expectations. It is SO easy to set up unrealistic expectations. So I purposefully set mine so that I'm not discouraged when things don't live up to expectations that aren't reasonable.

Everything else... well, most of those things are out of my control.

I can't control what the scale will read.

Or how someone will respond to something I've said or written.

And I cannot control every aspect of my life.

Things happen that we don't expect.
And that we cannot anticipate.
And that we can't prevent.

That's life.

I've written this before and had a few folks criticize me for saying it.
But I think - no, I KNOW - that I'm right.

Weight loss is hard.

It's hard because it requires significant effort.
And it isn't just for a little while.
And it ABSOLUTELY requires a change of the mindset.

And that... well, that's something that I'm working on controlling.

To say that I am fully in control all the time would be a lie.

But I'm working on that and stronger than I was.

I'm pretty strong.
Strong enough to overcome my obesity.
And I've found I'm WAY stronger than I thought I was.

And you are too.

So, I'm encouraged by the fifty pound weight loss.
I'm thrilled, honestly.

And I know there's nothing special about the next pound or the one after that.

I'm just focusing on my behaviors, attitudes, emotions and thinking.

And the weight loss... well, it'll continue to happen at whatever rate it does.

And I'm satisfied with that.

Make it a great day!


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SIMONEKP 4/24/2013 10:09AM


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BESSHAILE 4/24/2013 6:54AM

    50 lbs
23 Ks

either way it's great!

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MELISSAKAY78 4/14/2013 2:02AM

    Very happy for you Matt, way to go on reaching your goals!

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BRENDA_G50 4/13/2013 12:31PM

    emoticon on your weight loss and you are correct when you say "weight loss is hard". Especially when it yo-yo's and you really don't understand why.

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SPARKLISE 4/10/2013 8:55AM

    emoticon Great job! emoticon

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KENWANNE2013 4/6/2013 11:21AM

    Agree with your comment about focusing on what you have control over. I've recently changed my ticker, from weight measurement to exercise. I can't always control what the scales say (even when I stick rigidly to my plan), but I can control the number of minutes I exercise.

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DALID414 4/6/2013 12:04AM

    emoticon on the fifty lbs lost!!

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MICKEYH 4/5/2013 10:57PM

    emoticon on your huge weight loss!! emoticon emoticon emoticon you!!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 4/5/2013 8:20PM

    Congratulations Matt, that's fantastic!!!
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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/5/2013 7:43PM

    Congratulations! I agree because it will happen in it's own good time.

I know this because I only lost 1 kilogram per MONTH! Not many people are slower than that.

But you know what the plus side was/is? I didn't feel all that deprived and once at goal weight staying there isn't that hard either.

I think it was so slow I tricked my body into thinking nothing had changed.

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BEBOP4ME 4/5/2013 4:48PM

    Congrats on the weight loss! I think it is wise to just focus on healthy goals of eating right and exercising! Like you mention, weight goals by certain dates often set you up for disappointment. In light of that, I may end up revamping my goals so they aren't setting me up for failure! I don't really care if i don't meet certain dates, as long as i am eating right and exercising consistently!

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MY1FAN 4/5/2013 1:59PM

    Congrats! Great blog.

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GINGERHAWK 4/5/2013 10:10AM

  50 pounds lost? That's incredible AND inspiring AND downright awesome! Hooray for you!

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BOOKAPHILE 4/5/2013 10:02AM

    This was a hard earned 50 pound loss, Matt. You've made your plan, stuck to it, and learned some new skills. Very well done!

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SUGAR0814 4/5/2013 9:42AM

    Yay! Congrats! emoticon emoticon

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JACKIE542 4/5/2013 9:24AM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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CELIAMINER 4/5/2013 9:21AM

    emoticon on losing 50 pounds!

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KABMPH 4/5/2013 8:43AM

    Nice work and congrats!

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DTCATSPARK 4/5/2013 8:36AM

    Thanks for sharing Matt,

Good read this morning, though brain hurt a little on math :)

Congrats on 23.02 / 50.74


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