3.4 lbs. I’ve worked my butt off this month and all I’ve got to show for it is a measly 3.4 lbs? Wait though! If I do that for the rest of the year, I’ll be down 17 lbs by New Years. If I can sustain that pace for a year, I’ll be down over 40 lbs by my next birthday.
You see, everything is about perspective. I’ve had months in the past where I’ve lost 8 or even 10 pounds. My expectation has been that anything less is not a good month. Losing 3.4 lbs is less than half of what I expected, so my initial reaction is to be disappointed.
But there are two things to point out about this perspective. First, I have done what I said I was going to do by writing down how my days have gone consistently. To be disappointed in the amount of weight lost flies in the face of that philosophy: Do the right thing over and over and the results will follow. I have followed the principles, and while it may not have been reflected on the scale to the magnitude that I would have liked, it is reflected on the scale.
Second—and perhaps more important—is to take a look at my past history. In November 2012, I had gained back a little less than half of what I had lost and was back up to 292 lbs. I recommitted to these principles and began losing weight. What is obvious from the figure is that for the first month or so, the weight came off slowly. Then, at the 2 or 3 month mark, the rate of weight loss increased significantly, and I was able to maintain that weight until I had a major life change (relocating for a job and a major knee injury).
Currently, you can see that I’m coming off of a long plateau/slight gain period. It shouldn’t be a surprise to see that the initial weight loss isn’t rapid. After all, it wasn’t before. It’s exactly what happened two years ago. But we forget what happens unless we record it, which is why I’m glad I decided a long time ago to write things down. We forget how we were successful and the unrewarded hard work that preceded the rewarded hard work.
So I’m not going to be disappointed about 3.4 lbs this month. It’s not as large a step as I would like, but it’s a step in the right direction. We’re either getting better or getting worse, and I can say definitively that this month, I got better. String enough of those together and I will remember this as the starting point that it is, rather than the finish line it feels like today.
- Starting Weight = 261.0 lbs
- Current Weight = 257.6 lbs
- Weight loss so far = -3.4 lbs
- Weight loss since last week = -0.6 lbs
- Good Days = 6 Yes, 1 Maybe, 0 No
- Goal: > 5 Yes days