I am extremely happy with my weight and inches lost this week. I can say, somewhat hesitantly, that I seem to have found my footing…FINALLY!
When I began this journey in July, 2018, I had set, what I thought would be, a simple goal….lose 1 pound a week for 50 weeks. I thought it would be easy to lose 1 pound a week. Boy was I wrong! But, All I can do now is look back at how wrong I actually was and just laugh.
As a middle-age, post-menopausal woman, it can be almost impossible to lose weight. Your hormones are out of wack. Your metabolism slows to a crawl. You suddenly feel like someone threw you in a furnace. You snap at people for no reason. You always feel like sleeping. You forget why you walked into a room. It’s lots of fun!
Yep, the first half of my year long project was awful. I continually tried different eating plans in an effort to find just the right one. Meanwhile, I took a cruise…gained weight…Christmas came…I gained more weight. The scale was going in the wrong direction. On December 31, I suddenly found myself needing to lose 64.8 pounds instead of 50! But…I digress…let’s change focus!
I could look at things one of two ways. I could focus on the problems, the negative side, and be depressed at the fact that I’m halfway through my year, and still have 50 pounds to lose. OR I could look the positive…the fact that I’ve lost 14.4 pounds in 6 weeks, an average of 2.4 pounds a week…and the fact that, in 6 weeks, I’ve gone from needing to lose 64.8 pounds on December 31, 2018, to needing to lose 50.4 pounds today.
I choose to focus on the positive. The important thing isn’t my struggles for the past 6 months. The important thing is that I didn’t give up. I kept going, I kept looking until I found what worked for me. I have made progress over the 6 weeks. I am absolutely confident that I will make my goal weight/body fat percentage. Will it happen by my 50th birthday? I hope so. It’s still possible.
While we shouldn’t focus on the past, we should learn from it. Even though I didn’t lose any weight between July and December, gaining weight instead, I did learn a lot. I learned what worked for me. I didn’t fail, I just found many different ways that didn’t work. As Thomas Edison said when inventing the light bulb ” I have not failed. I just found 10,000 ways that didn’t work.”