Less than a week to go until we head off on vacation. My goal was to be at 140 when we left. I'm not sure I'll make that. But I am going to try.
This has been a really interesting process. In the past 20 years I've never gone on a "diet", per se, to lose weight. I've restricted certain foods to boost my health, but the actual goal of losing weight has not been the impetus.
I can totally see where I could re-gain the weight in a matter of weeks. So maintaining some of the habits I've developed over the past 6 weeks is totally going to be important. And I hope I can do that, but I'm not sure I will. I falter, like everyone else.
Here is my weight chart from the past 6 weeks:
Again, I didn't weigh myself every day - and I didn't weigh myself at all in that week I was away from home. So it is a little misrepresentative. But it does show the general pattern. There is a nice, gradual downward trend.
What is REALLY interesting is that for the 4 middle weeks, if I had ONLY weighed myself on Fridays, I wouldn't have been losing any weight at all. Here's how it went down:
September 7: 147 lbs
September 14: 143.2 lbs
September 21: 143.6 lbs
September 28: 143 lbs
October 12: 143 lbs
October 19: 141.4 lbs
There are arguments both for and against weighing every day. If you weigh yourself and you've lost 1/2 a pound, you might allow yourself to eat (I do!). However, if you gained 1/2 a pound, maybe you'd get back on the bandwagon.
But, if you only weigh yourself once a week, well, you can see that practice would have been devastating to me. I would have lost four pounds the first week and not another pound for the next 3. And that just wasn't the case. I would have been totally depressed and probably started eating more again.
Think I can make it to 140 before next Wednesday? Well, I might be able to, we'll see on Wednesday morning. But nearly 6 pounds in 6 weeks - well, I can live with that. My clothes are looser, people have noticed that I'm losing weight. I feel better about it all. And that is what matters. Funny how much of a difference 6 lousy pounds makes.
Will I keep up the weight loss while on vacation? Probably not - I just don't want to gain any. I'm going to try not to overdo it with the eating, because even though it was my goal to lose weight for the vacation, I would like to lose a few more pounds after. So I'm not going to allow myself to eat everything I want, but I'm going to indulge a little.
The only person I will disappoint if I gain back the weight is ME. Nobody else really cares what I look like - they just care if I'm happy about it. So it's up to me.