Am feeling a bit overwhelmed today – MADE IT TO NEXT BIG GOAL!!
This Goal: weigh in at Lowest Weight in LAST 2!!! Years: Weight Watchers Weigh In: 220.4
BLEW THAT AWAY TODAY – LOWEST WEIGHT IN LAST 10!!!! YEARS: 220.0 – kicked that .4 pound!!!
This is what would have been the lowest weight in last 2 years. And that only thanks to being on Weight Watchers and walking 3-4 days per week. After 2 short workouts yesterday, one strength training and one yoga for the back and hips, as well as watching what I ate, it kickstarted my weight loss back and I lost 1.2 additional pounds – getting me to the lowest weight in 10 YEARS!!
This is huge, not only because I’ve been heavier than my weight right now for the last 10 YEARS, but because one of my medications – Seroquel – is a notorious weight gainer and also throughout this journey have struggled with several depressive episodes and a few mood swings. Also, like so many of you, my weight went back and forth several times or just stalled out completely so I had many periods of discouragement.
DON’T GIVE UP, EVEN WHEN YOU THINK YOUR WEIGHT LOSS IS DEAD IN THE WATER, YOU’VE OVEREATEN AND GAINED A BIT, OR JUST FEEL SICK AND TIRED OF EATING HEALTHY AND EXERCISING. I felt all these or done them but am still here, keepin on keepin on!
DON’T GIVE UP EVEN IF YOU’VE TRIED MANY DIETS BEFORE, LOST AND THEN GAINED IT ALL BACK AND THEN SOME – YOU CAN COMMIT TO MAKING THIS THE LAST ONE BY TAKING IT SLOW AND STEADY!
Stop the Yo-Yo Cycle! The bottom line is: changing your diet slowly, going from full fat to lower fat versions, cutting out some, but not all, of your favorite foods (or finding tasty substitutes), and giving yourself permission to have a weekly cheat day and enjoy a dinner out once in a while are all going to help you not only lose but keep it off in the long term. Trying to change how you eat dramatically and/or going on a fad diet may be a “happy” on the scale. But after a few years, that weight will creep back if you don’t have a lifestyle change in how and what you eat that works for you (eating like the thinner person you want to become!). Lettuce is your friend – but not your ONLY friend. We’ll talk more about this but it’s important to be realistic about what it takes to keep it off once you’ve lost it. Quick weight loss only puts you in starvation mode and you lose water weight so when you go off it and start eating more normally, here comes the weight right back. We all want the weight to be gone NOW – but taking a longer time and slowly altering your lifestyle until it becomes a habit and “just the way you eat” will help keep the weight off after you lose it.
And maybe you’re tired of exercising, especially if the scale doesn’t move – but the scale is NOT the end all, be all. Your clothes may be hanging off you and you’re losing inches and getting firmer/better endurance/longer workouts – that is the goal! Buying a 1x outfit versus a 3x, wearing a 20 not a 28 – yes the scale is important, but fitting into much lower sizes is incredibly rewarding!!
If your “hanging off” clothes are good quality, especially if they’re work/evening outfits, spending a bit to have them tailored so you can wear them again is a worthwhile expense, especially if you are within 20-30 pounds away from your goal. We also talked about thrifting as a stop-gap measure to replace the way too big clothes that you no longer want. If you take the larger sizes to a consignment store or garage sale them, you can take those earnings and use them to tailor the nice stuff that you want to keep!