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And Week One Concludes....

Sunday, August 14, 2016

I've concluded Week One of my new life (I will NOT call this a diet...this is my new life!), and I lost 3.9 pounds. I am telling myself I should really be proud of this number but I can't help but think, "Ugh....why didn't I lose more?!" In my brain, I know this doesn't make sense because the average HEALTHY weekly weight loss for many women is only 1-2 pounds, and that I am making healthy choices, rather starving myself.

It's so easy to get lost in the dread of knowing you have SO much weight to lose. In my case, I am hoping to go from my starting weight of 238.7 to as close to 140 as possible before my sister's wedding at the end of June 2017. That gives me approximately 11 months to lose 100 (or close to it) pounds.

I keep telling myself that it took several years (and three babies) to get this weight on, as I was never overweight before I had children. This means I've been steadily gaining over 100 pounds over the course of 11+ years. It's unrealistic to assume that I will lose this weight overnight or even in a few months.

I'm realizing I need to change my mindset to one of appreciation and realization that this weight loss journey will take me at least a year, and even then the journey isn't over. I want to be healthy for the rest of my life, and I know to sustain that I'll have to make better choices forever. I'm finding that while making good nutrition and fitness choices requires planning and mental fortitude, but overcoming the emotional self-doubt, stress, and anxiety that comes along with having to lose a lot of weight is the MOST DIFFICULT part.

I hope all of you have had a great weigh-in this weekend, and that you realize any loss is a good thing! Meanwhile, I'll be here trying to convince myself the very same. We just have to remember to emoticon !
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  • no profile photo CD16928274
    You're doing such a emoticon job! Keep it up and don't worry about the weight loss. Something I tell myself daily too! If you're eating right and exercising it won't matter if you watch the scale or take your measurements you will lose and you will be on the right path! Its so hard to watch the numbers go so slowly down.. trust me.. I get it!

    Just remember, "No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch!" and one of my favorites... "You aren't going to get the Butt you want... by sitting on it!" emoticon

    Have an awesome day! emoticon
    1655 days ago
  • FLGIRL1234
    I could've totally written this blog. I let my mind get in the way of my success sometimes especially when I know 1-2 pounds a week is awesome yet I get bummed its not more. I think this time is the time we make it to our goals though! No matter what we are going to do this. Both of us. You have 11 months to lose 100 pounds....its do-ble. I am rooting you on. Excited to watch you on your journey! Keep moving forward!!! emoticon emoticon
    1656 days ago
    Yeah, your logic circuits are telling you what a great job you're doing, but, your heart is going, zomg, are we there yet!?!!?
    I'm going through the same thing.
    It's tough.
    I just keep telling myself, the time will pass, whether I'm doing this or not, so, just keep doing it.
    I should get my 40lb badge tomorrow, so, I know the progress is happening... and, like you, it took me years (7 or so) to get here, so, I SHOULD know it'll take awhile to come back off.

    Just keep swimming.

    ... we'll get there.

    1656 days ago
    I started at 262 and got down to 145 a couple of years ago and the weight is creeping back up to 191 this morning, but I am determined not to ever give up. I made myself a promise I would never see 200 again and I have been heavy my whole life.
    1656 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14895031
    It is hard, and you will have bad patches, just persevere. Your attitude is everything, you know you can do it!
    1656 days ago
    You are definitely heading on the right direction. Keep it up
    1656 days ago
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