Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Weigh In - Week 8

I've been at this for 8 weeks now, am I boring you with these updates yet?  I hope not because they are really helpful to me to document my progress.  I've seen success so far and I am extraordinarily grateful for it, but I know that it won't always be smooth sailing, so I am trying to set up as many habits as I can while things are going well.  Notice I didn't say while things are "easy."  If I do anything here that makes it seem easy then I am sending the wrong impression.  It is HARD.  It has probably been two of the hardest months that I've had, though maybe short of the time Little Goat was in the NICU which was hard in a different way.

But the difference with this hard is that it is also good.  So I press on.

And I will say that things have gotten a  bit easier, even though they aren't easy by any stretch of the imagination.

So let's get to the weigh in this week.  I honestly expected to lose just a little or even gain.  I had a big week last week, I was on retreat, we had birthday celebrations with Little Goat, I had a cold, and some monthly hormonal joys.  I expected it to be not too much, if anything.

So, yeah, here is what really happened:

- 4.6 Pounds Lost
-24 lbs Lost to Date

I just don't know what to make of this really.  I am thrilled.  Thrilled to be down 24 pounds, to have lost that in two months too is huge.  I am wearing smaller clothes today - both my pants and my top are two sizes down. I've even lost 3 daily Weight Watchers points by now.  I miss those 3 points, but it is a sign that I am making progress.

And just look at the visual!  I think I'm going to start needing heavier things to visualize this loss.   (Someone asked where I get these and the answer is I make them myself with stock images and MS Paint - I'm just technically proficient enough to handle it!)


I remember seeing friends get to this stage and being so happy for them, but also very jealous.  I wanted to see the success they were and I was mad that I couldn't seem to muster up the willpower to do it myself.  I imagine that there are those out there who might be jealous of this and I wish I could say something powerful and motivating to get you to see that you have the potential to change it if you want.

I have a long way to go.  Such a long way, but when I stopped feeling sorry for myself and actually did the work that was necessary - tracking food, working out, following a program - I am seeing success.  Trust me when I say if I can make it work then I know that you can too.

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you in your efforts to get started.  I always need more accountability and it is my hope and prayer that those who are out there struggling can taste the success that I am seeing and more.

We are only in a competition with ourselves afterall.

Thank you for all your support.  I feel some bad week looming sometime but I'm just going to keep doing what is working - tracking, counting points and working out. 

18 comments:

Lindsay (the old PFG!) :) said...

I'm so incredibly proud of you! Keep up the amazing work! YOU ARE DOING IT!!! :)

Sabrina said...

I love these updates! Way to go! You are amazing!

Robin said...

Not at all bored of the updates. THRILLED, yes. : )

Robin Marty said...

whoo hoo! wonderful!

Ann said...

Congrats, Liz!!!

Monkeymama said...

Amazing! I picture a big 20 lb bag of potatoes, plus 4 lbs of butter. That's a lot to carry around with you all the time!

Great job!

Valerie said...

Bored? Absolutely not! In fact, I've started asking Hans on Mondays what day it is, just because I don't want to miss your post, and we're not too far from Wednesday. I am so excited and happy for you! Congratulations!

darcie said...

Oh. My. WORD!!! You are ROCKING THIS!!

Jeni & Andy said...

That's an awesome accomplishment! Congratulations on reaching this point :)

Melinda Ott said...

Great job on your loss so far! You are rocking it!

Kristen said...

Not bored at all - inspired, yes. Congratulations!

Marie said...

No, you are not boring in any sense.

24 POUNDS?!?! That's amazing! You are such a motivation.

Keep the updates coming, please.

Anti-Supermom said...

You are so sweet to address those who are jealous, because it's such a real emotion.

Congratulation on these very succesful 2 months, Liz!

Kate said...

I'm so very, very proud of you!!!!!!!

Sarah - Fat Little Legs said...

I am jealous, but not in a bad way jealous at all...just want a 4 lb week over here :) and at the same time I'm so incredibly proud of you!

Janel said...

Awesome. Good job and your updates provide motivation to the rest of us!

Meredith said...

So proud of you and happy for you! Not boring at all!

Denise said...

Yay Liz!! :) One thing that would be helpful for me is to know how your tracking works for you. do you write it down the minute you eat it, or wait until the end of the day? How do you separate out amounts in homemade recipes? Maybe they cover all of this at WW and most people already know...but those things would be helpful for me.