Monday, May 16, 2011

"W" Is for Weight Loss

I know. That's a lame title for a blog post but I'm scrambling to catch up with my challenge commitments so it’s the best I can do!

If you've been following for a while now, you know my weight loss plan has hit a few bumps in the road. I waver between being disappointed with my s-l-o-w progress and being determined to stick with it. Today is a determined-kind-of-day.

Saturday, when I last weighed myself, I was a new low - 244.9. That's still a very unhealthy number but it was exciting to me. It's been more than 2 years since I was at a number like that, having peaked at 267 in December of 2009. So even though it coming off painfully slow, I remind myself that I am indeed down a smidge over 22 lbs. and that is encouraging.

I am not perfect, no matter what plan I follow or what strategy I employ. I wander off and indulge when I shouldn't, scold myself and keep getting back up on the wagon. I figure as long as I keep getting back on, and as long as the weight continues to edge downward, I'm doing ok. As my supportive husband likes to tell me, I didn't gain the weight all in one year - I can't expect it to come off all in one year either.

I have accepted the way this works for me and I feel so much less pressure for doing so. I'm sure I'll still have days where I get down on myself for over-indulging but by and large, I like myself and the path I'm on. So I'll keep pursuing my weight loss dreams. Someday I will get there.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

“Y” Is for Yes, I Can

Returning to the world challenge-based blogging, I am participating in the Z to A May blogging challenge though this time I am doing it a little differently. Last time I bit off more than I could chew by entering five blogs into the challenge and trying to keep up with each one throughout April. I made it as far as K before I was a blithering idiot. This time I entered all my blogs again but I promised myself I would guarantee a post on just one each day. If I felt like doing more, great. Hopefully this saves my sanity this month and Lord knows, I have precious little left.
Three weeks ago I started on a low carb lifestyle and did great for the first week. Then, I ran out of low carb meal options and snacks and payday was more than a week away. I did well at breakfast and most lunches but dinners got the better of me. So two weeks after my phenomenal start, I am back to where I started before low carb, a dismal 251.
I keep wondering if I can really get serious about this, if I can really do it. I know the answer is yes, I can. I just have to figure out how and why I haven’t so far. So for the rest of this week, I am going to focus on that – getting my head wrapped around this once and for all.

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