Very busy weekend and still playing catch-up – but “Happy Monday”!
Weight Loss Journey Update:
Start Weight: 274.8
Goal Weight: 160 pounds
Today’s Weigh In: 222.8 (last Mon-223.4, Lost .6 since last Mon! Goal: 2 pounds weekly. But broke through 223!)
Lost / Still To Go: 52 / 62.8 (Yay!!)
A Word About Weekly Goal Setting:
Give yourself a break! It’s completely normal after the first few months of higher levels of weight loss to see the scale barely inching down, vacillating back and forth between the same two pounds, or even hitting the dreaded “plateau” for a short bit. From a previous average of a monthly 10 pound loss, September was a meager 3.4 pound loss, but am bouncing back this month with 2.4 over a period of about a week and a half. That’s closer to where I need to be to keep up with “chunking” goals. But last week, the scale bounced all over the 223-224 range, and even with working out, I couldn’t seem to get below that number. That is completely normal and by the weekend, it was an absolute treat to see the scale go below 223. The point: I haven’t seen that number for almost 2 years, and that’s with Weight Watchers!!! And, more importantly, the pants I bought in June for a trip are now 2 sizes too big! So stand back and take a perspective break. Maybe one month isn’t what you would like it to be, but there’s always next month. What’s important is to keep a higher view of your progress.
One Tired Cookie
It didn’t help that we had company both Sat and Sun and a house project I was dealing with all day today. (Insert “Bipolar Break”) For my fellow beepers who are also on your own weight loss journey, it’s so easy to get caught up in all your “have to’s”, push too hard, and end up taking a few “rest break” days. It’s also easy to indulge in foods that are, well, outside of your new, healthy eating model. Like pizza, large, 4 slices. I know how hard it is to pace yourself when so much needs to get done. But padding in rest time during your busy period, say 15 minute periods every few hours where you just sit, relax, and catch your breath, will allow you to meet your goals/deadlines without wearing yourself out completely.
Today’s Tip: PAD your busy periods with periodic short rest stops to keep from overdoing and paying for it later. You WILL get everything done and you’ll have energy left over for all your projects tomorrow. And, at the end of the day, take a minute to think over what you did accomplish and give yourself the positive credit you deserve!