Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Weigh In Wednesday - Week 2

I went in with high hopes this morning.  Secretly I was hoping for 2.6 which would bring my to 5lbs lost.  Instead I got this.
-1.4 pounds
-3.8 lbs Total to date

And now I have a dilemma.  On the one hand -1.4 is exactly in the .5-2lb weight loss we are told to expect.  I get that.  And a loss is a good thing.  On the other hand, I expected it to be more.  I guess I always thought that if I really got my act together that the weight would come off a little faster just because I was now attending to it.  As if willpower alone could play a role in the speed in which I lose weight.

I mean really, I have been following the plan to a T.   I don't know, I just hoped for more.  Somehow -1.4 makes me feel like I'm doing something WRONG rather than following everything like I'm supposed to.  Or that there is some trick to getting the scale to recognize my efforts.  Instead the slow progress seems agonizing.

The painful reality is though that this is realistic weight loss.  And realistically even if I do this well every single day that I will still be fighting this fight for YEARS.  It makes me sad to know how far I have to go, and the reason I have so far is that I did this to myself.  The scale is just part of that equation.  I'm the bigger part.  I did this, and I have to change it.  And it sucks.  

But what other choice do I have?  Now is not the time to give up, it is the time to keep fighting and hope to reach 5lbs next week.  One day at a time.



11 comments:

jillian said...

the scale is so complicated for SO many reasons -- it is only one small glimpse into your health, and it's by no means complete. you know that you are healthier today than you were yesterday or a week ago or a month ago. as your health continues to improve, your body will also respond and you will SEE the physical changes, but it will take time. just like none of us put on weight overnight, it won't come off overnight, either (sadly). keep putting good stuff in your body and you will keep getting healthier. no doubt about it. you're doing great!

Momma Hunt said...

I have found that harder the fight the better you do long term...I lost a good amount of weight before my wedding and did weight watchers but also was crazy with exercise carbs and I gained 30 of the 70 I lost before getting pregnant...this time it is a half a pound a week at best but I haven't really gained any weight either. Hang in there it doesn't matter how long it takes to get there just that you get there

Matilda444 said...

I've been working on reframing the "fight" by calling it an "awareness". For the rest of my life, I must be aware of what I'm putting in my mouth.

scrubmama said...

You already know this is progress, so I won't repeat what others have said (other than, "Go Liz!"). I think back to all the times where I would lose some weight and just gain it back the next week, and then over time pick up more and more pounds, so that my "normal" weight kept readjusting upwards.

But now, I am losing weight...and then losing *more* weight the next week. I don't know, somehow that makes me feel a little better, like the weight loss is snowballing instead of sloooowly creeping like it actually is...

Heather said...

Jillian is right - the scale is only one part of the equation, Liz! Don't let yourself get discouraged by a number. Think about all the good things you are doing for yourself by making these choices - and how they better you and your family! Your willpower and commitment is amazing - and of course the willingness to share with all of us. You are an inspiration and you make me want to stay committed to my goals too - so thank you!

Kelly said...

Definitely agree with all the comments. And there are non-scale victories too, like every healthier eating choice you make, that all count. Pay attention to the fact that you might have felt like exercise was a little easier because you've been eating healthier to fuel that exercise, or the fact that you want Little Goat to have a good role model. 1.4 lbs per week is awesome! If you could keep that up, you'd lose 70 lbs this year!! I know it looks like such a long road... and it is, but each healthier step you take adds up.

Emma said...

I am cheering for you, Liz! I studied exercise and nutrition in grad school and taught college health classes for a few years. I was always taught that the MOST anyone should reasonably expect to lose per week is 2 pounds. And losing 2 pounds in a week requires a huge calorie deficit (thus a hell of a lot of exercise and/or a very limited caloric intake). So take heart that you are doing this the RIGHT way. This is the way to do it for long-term success!

Valerie said...

You already said it yourself. You were told to expect a .5-2lb weight loss, and that's what you're getting. Anything more than that is potentially dangerous, and it's certainly not long-lasting. Yes, we'd all love to see a 10 lb loss in a day, but the only way to do that is with a stomach virus, and that's not awesome.

I don't know what else to say that hasn't already been said. Just know that you have a lot of support here. If you need anything (recipes, emotional support, or a virtual workout buddy), we're here.

KarlaJ said...

You like math, so consider this: because you are attending to it, not only have you lost weight in this past week, but also you have not gained it, which you might have done if you were not attending to it. So in essence the net weight control is greater than 1.4 pounds, if that makes sense.

Jen H-Running Free said...

Liz - you are doing so great, you are right, this is not the time to quit - you are making forward progress! I truly believe that the more manageable the weight loss the easier it is going to be to keep it off! I believe in you! Keep it up!

Defensesoap said...

Just need to be determined with weight loss and don't worry if you are not losing the expected weight. You just put on you efforts and will definitely get the results.