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Weight is relative

Friday, February 08, 2013

The other day, I had an interesting conversation with a colleague at work. She was complimenting my weight loss and mentioned that she's been trying to lose 10-15 pounds for quite some time. I was surprised to learn this because I think she's already at a healthy weight. Through further conversation, I learned that she is the same height I am and is at the weight I've set as my goal. In other words, I only weigh 15 more pounds than she does.

This was a revelation for a few reasons:

1) I consider her to be a lot smaller than me, but we're only 15 lbs apart so maybe I'm not as "fat" as I've been feeling recently.

2) She's at a good weight but is unhappy. She admitted that her doctor does not have a problem with her weight. She says she wants to get rid of some tummy fat.

3) It REALLY is hard to lose weight when you have little to lose. She shared with me info on how she's eating and the exercise she's getting. It sounds to me like a daily calorie average over 1,200 to 1,400 calories or less than 300 minutes of exercise a week is not going to be enough.

4) It reveals that she has to WORK to stay the size she's at. If she's eating right and moving, at least she's maintaining and not gaining.

Somehow, someway, I've got to remember this for the days (months?) I feel discouraged that I haven't whisked off these last 15 lbs. The reality is, I haven't been willing to kick things up a notch and do what I need to do to lose the weight.

So until I'm ready to make additional changes, I need to be content where I'm at, quit stressin' and stay focused on my new, healthier habits.
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