First, my mental health is super important to me. And it matters how I’m treated in the various forums where I’m being public and transparent about this journey because when criticism isn’t constructive it sends me into a dark place. And I’m finished with dark places. Something happened this weekend on one of those forums where I offered support and motivation to folks who may have found themselves in the same boat as me, and I was shocked by the deluge of outrage and negativity that poured in. There were some kind folks who were able to understand and correctly see what I was saying because they were the folks I targeted in the first place, but rather than jump into that sea of negativity, they messaged me privately. For those folks – I say thank you. We aren’t alone and we can do this!
Second, my progress isn’t measured solely by the scale. I found myself disappointed this morning since today is my official weigh-in day. According to the scale, I lost only .2 this week.
Starting Weight: 233.6
Last Weigh-in: 226
Current Weight: 225.8
Total Weight Lost: 7.8 pounds
There were a few things I did last week, food-wise, that I shouldn’t have done. Even though my total calories stayed in check I wasn’t eating the kinds of food that my body needs. That’s something I need to work on. What can I say? I like the bad stuff (sung to the tune of Dr. Horrible’s So They Say). And “bad stuff” is okay – in moderation! But last week I had a slice of pizza (with a salad!) three days in a row for lunch. I justified it because a) it came in under calorie and b) there was a salad! But I knew better. And the data backs it up.
I also started tracking measurements last week. So each week when I weigh, I also take my measurements. I am learning that not every victory comes from the scale.
Waist: no change
Thighs: -1.5 (both of them together)
Arms: -.5 (both of them together)
Total: -2.5 inches
I’ll take it!