I came close to a milestone this week. I wasn’t aiming for it, necessarily. In fact, this was another week in which I wondered whether the number would reflect the change in lifestyle. In the end it did.
It was a successful week, both in creating a new lifestyle and in the number at the end. But I’m seeing more than ever how the successes come in small steps. They come when I walk by the container of candy and I don’t take any, or just one. They come when another piece of pizza is available, but I pass. They come when at night I gobble up the rest of the salad.
On Monday of last week friend Jim Thomsen wrote wrote on my Facebook entry:
Accepting setbacks should be built into the weight-loss process. You have to give yourself permission to be weak once in a while. If you can’t forgive yourself those little lapses, your program is destined to fail.
Little did he know that I was splurging that day, not necessarily in a healthy way. I went to a convenience store hungry for a snack, and the snack I wanted was a better deal if I bought two. I ate them both. That day I used up all the extra points the Weight Watchers diet gives you in a week, so I still stayed on plan. In times past that day, though, might have become two days, then a collection of weekdays, then the weekend, and then a habit.
It didn’t this time. I think it has a lot to do with you guys. Pat yourself on the back.
As for that milestone, it’s the 20-pound mark. I just missed it. That may be a good thing, because it will give me incentive this week. Of course there are lots of milestones to aim for, but this time around I haven’t really aimed at anything besides staying on it. I have that long term goal, but day after day it’s been more about how I’m feeling than what’s on the scale.
Over time the number is a good indication of whether life is changing in the way I want it to. For the past four weeks life has.
Beginning weight: 404
This week’s weight: 384.2
Last week’s weight: 386.2
One week change: -2
Total weight lost: -19.8
Weight loss goal: 205
Percentage body weight goal: 50.5 percent
Percentage body weight lost: 4.9 percent
Percentage of goal lost: 9.6 percent
Plans for this week: I didn’t do last week’s plan very well, planning meals. Nenetheless it was a good week. This week I am focusing on increasing my activity level, perhaps ever so slightly.