Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Weight loss challenge update {and an important tip!}

Just checking in to see how your challenge is going. Last week was the first of my 3-week weight loss challenge. I'm trying to lose 10 pounds in 3 weeks. Pretty big goal, and I'm not sure that I'll actually hit that number, but anything is better than nothing! I've been at a plateau for 2 months now, and last week seems to be more of the same. Today was my weigh-in day, and my scale showed no change. :-( Part of the problem is that I started my challenge a couple days before I bought my new scale (the old one was unreliable). So, I really don't know what I originally weighed! Ahhh! Maybe I did lose weight; if I did, it's probably around a pound. Who knows though...

Okay. So, I'm tempted to feel discouraged and think "why try". BUT...I'm learning to overcome that negative thinking, which has been a huge obstacle for me in the past (see my post on overcoming obstacles HERE). Instead, I realize that this is a journey. A life-time journey. No way will I give up!

Also, I know that change happens over time. I need to have patience. I did feel a change last week as I started to get back on track with healthy choices. I felt hungry at times, headachey, and sore when I worked out. Each time I felt something that I'd normally view as negative, I turned it into something positive. So, instead of focusing on how badly I felt, I told myself that this meant that what I was doing was working! Things were changing. My body was getting healthier...stronger. And I began to realize that I had more energy. I also slept better last week.

So, turning negatives into positives and focusing on those positives was a mental victory last week and today after I weighed in and saw no change on the scale. Those mental victories are what it takes to succeed!

I am hopeful that continuing on this week WILL produce results on the scale. I need to take my measurements too so that I can see results in that area. And I do need to work in some areas that I let slip last week. I didn't drink all of my water each day, didn't exercise as much as I wanted to, and even went over on my calories some. The weekends are ALWAYS so hard for me. Maybe I can come up with some tips to keep me on track for Saturdays and Sundays. If you have any, let me know!

In summary, I'd say tip #2 is DON'T GIVE UP! :-) Kind of an obvious one, isn't it? But seriously, this is a journey where overcoming mental obstacles is just as important as seeing physical changes. Perhaps, more important.

Have you learned anything so far on your weight-loss journey? Please share!

P.S. I am SOOO thankful for all my wonderful friends and family who are supporting me. They are a huge part of why I'm motivated to continue on. Thanks, guys!

Update: A good "diet" buddy of mine read my post and was concerned that I was feeling hungry and headachy. She said I should be getting my snacks in so I don't feel that way, and she is completely right! It is very important to eat 5-6 smaller meals a day, rather than 2-3 large meals. I have definitely been having my snacks, but I think if I balance my calories more evenly throughout the day I will not feel those hunger pains that I felt last week. As to the headaches...that's from sugar and caffeine withdrawals! So, just wanted to let y'all know a few more details that I didn't make clear before, and thanks to Marekah for checking on me! She just started a health blog, so go check it out: Working on the Temple!

Love you all!

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