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Friday, July 12, 2013

Down .4 this week. It’s so close to half a pound! Send out one of those “Teachfirst268 lost 4 tenths of a pound” thingies, would ya SP? Don’t you know that it’s a step in the right direction?

I’m teasing; I realize they have a system in place and due to many factors, some of which I haven’t a clue about, there is a rhyme and reason as to why it only goes out for half a pound and more. But honestly, there is some truth to what I’m saying. At this point in my journey, .4 IS worth celebrating! It’s going in the right direction. I’ve been working very hard this week to get back on track with my eating and into the routine with my 8 min in the morning program, as well as continuing my regular running. I’m going to take to heart some words I found myself preaching to my friend in a text last night, after she shared her “only .4” weekly loss with me. C’mon, only .4??? That’s awesome!

The closer to a healthier weight we get, the smaller the losses will be. I’m not back starting with 80 lbs to lose, where my body can healthily and easily let go of those 2 pound each week. I’m about 5 ½ pounds away from where my doctor says I should be, and about 9 pounds away from ‘healthy’ on that stinkin’ BMI chart. At this point, is it really healthy, or realistic, for me to think my body can drop 2 lbs a week? I don’t think so. At this point in my journey I think .4 is a good loss and I need to be consistent in my efforts (especially my eating) so that I can build another .4 loss on top of that next week, and the week after! I’ve been doing this long enough to know it adds up. .4 a week seems like pretty slow progress, but this is a marathon, not a sprint. If we can get over our impatience and stay the course, eventually we look back and say “No Way! I’ve lost 10 lbs!” It’s all mind over matter. Patience can be our biggest struggle. I can remember a time when I’d have been disappointed with .4. Today I realize that is was a good loss. I just hope for it again next week!

Have a great weekend, Sparkfriends!
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