Thursday, July 13, 2017

Milestone: 20 lbs Down in 2017!

We're mid-way through the year and I've hit a pretty exciting milestone. I've lost 20 pounds this year!

I really had to think about this one. Did I really lose 20 pounds? If I hadn't been keeping track of my weekly weigh-in's since the beginning of this year, I don't think I would have believed it one bit. With the scale going up and down, up and down, down and down, up and down, it can be hard to see the progress in real time. But, when looking at the whole picture; the entire past 6 months; starting weight to current weight, I can't deny I'm making progress!

2017 Weigh-in's
1/1/17: 255 lbs.
1/6/17: 253.8 lbs.  -- HealthyWage challenge begins
1/13/17: 247.5 lbs. 
1/20/17: 246.5 lbs. 
1/22/17: 246.3 lbs.

2/3/17: 241.5 lbs. 
2/10/17: 243.7 lbs 
2/17/17: 242.1 lbs. 
2/24/17: 241.6 lbs.

3/3/17: 241.4 lbs. 
3/10/17: 239.4 lbs.
3/17/17: 240.3 lbs.
3/24/17: 238.2 lbs.  -- HealthyWage challenge ends - 15 lbs lost!
3/31/17: 239.4 lbs.

4/7/17: 237.7 lbs.
4/14/17: 240.3 lbs.
4/21/17: 240.3 lbs  -- 30 by 30 challenge begins
4/28/2017: 239.7 lbs

5/5/17: 239.3 lbs.
5/12/17: 240 lbs.
5/19/17: 239.3 lbs.
5/26/17: 239.7 lbs.

6/2/17: 240.1 lbs.
6/12/17: 242.2 lbs.
6/16/17: 240.3 lbs.
6/23/17: 238.8 lbs
6/30/17: 237.3 lbs.

7/7/17: 237.9 lbs.
7/13/17: 234.6 lbs.

Some weeks I feel like I'm stuck in place and it can be frustrating. For the past four months, I had been gaining and re-losing the same 5 pounds. There were times of discouragement but, I kept pushing through regardless. 

I may have given in some weeks but, I didn't give up. Since I never gave up, not only did I keep re-losing the same 5 pounds month after month, I eventually lost a little more than that along the way and it all added up, over time!

This week, I had a big loss from last week. I couldn't really believe it when I stepped on the scale this morning because I haven't been feeling motivated to lose weight {by any means} this week. Despite lacking the motivation, I just kept pushing -- almost as if I were in zombie-mode {the zombie mode mostly stemming from a lack of sleep with a sleep-regressing 2 1/2 year old. Night terrors are a real pain}. 

Despite not feeling motivated this week, I just kept pushing through; making the right choices; eating a salad for dinner; going to sleep when I was tired {instead of binging on midnight nachos}. I just went through the motions, even though I wasn't feeling motivated. I was, however, feeling determined. I was determined to get out of this rut. I didn't feel well this week {mostly due to a lack of sleep} and I didn't want to keep feeling unwell! So, I made good choices even though I wasn't feelin' it and it payed off! Now, I am starting to feel better.

This may seem like a lot of rambling {because it is} but, I wanted to share my unfiltered thoughts on this because losing weight can be a long, hard process. If you only work hard and make good choices on the days you feel good, you won't get very far. I've been there. It's weeks like this one; the low weeks; the hard weeks; the long weeks; the weeks when I just don't feel like myself; the weeks where I feel lost and stuck. Those are the weeks when I need to keep making good choices to see results.