Sunday, June 1, 2008

June 1, 2008: 219 Pounds

Wow! 219 pounds! I am totally in shock. I am in denial. It is so hard to believe after almost eleven years of being a LOT bigger. I still catch myself, when I am reading other people's weights on message boards, thinking to myself, "WOW! She weighs 227! I wish I weighed that!" Um, no, actually, I don't!! But it takes me a second to remember that I have really lost this much weight.

Yesterday after I got dressed, I looked in the full-length mirror and thought, "Hey! I look sort of NORMAL!" It's funny how our brains take weeks or months to register that our bodies have changed. I still expect to see 278 pounds in the mirror! But I hope and pray I never do again.

I lost NINE pounds in May. My goal was five! I am really pleased with the loss. You might think, "Wow, she really has it going on. She is losing so steadily." But look back over my month. I had days of real desperation. I had pounds re-gained. Do you remember this post, "When Weight Loss Stalls," from just two weeks ago? On May 3 I weighed 226 pounds. And one May 16, almost 2 weeks later, I STILL weighed 226 pounds!! It was very tempting to just ditch it. Why work so hard when you just stay the same weight?? Well here is why. Here is proof. I stuck with it anyway and the weight DID come off. Just think where I would be if I had gotten frustrated with a 2-week plateau and gone binging. I would be 235 or more by now. But what's the point in that? This is a lifetime effort. You have to hang in there the best you can, even when it doesn't seem to be "working." It takes time. It's taken me ten months to lose 59 pounds. It isn't fast, but it's happening, and that's what matters.

I've been feeling under the weather this week so I didn't ride my bike or strength train at all. I ate a little less than usual, too... some days 1200, other days 1400. But overall it is working out okay. I am hoping to feel better in the next day or two and get back to my exercise routine.

Thanks to everyone who leaves comments and support. I hope you will set some goals for yourselves in June, so that when July 1 rolls around, you will be healthier than you are right now. Let's make this a summer to remember: a summer of changed lives, kept commitments, and happy memories.

9 comments:

Leanna said...

Congratulations!! Time for a new photo?

Dinah Soar said...

You are right..it is a lifetime effort...it's taken me since the end of last September to lose 13 pounds...and I'm thrilled! I think years of under eating and eating fat free messed with my metabolism, and my age is against me too. But I don't have a problem with slow weight loss...I'll already know how to keep it off when I get to my goal (which is total of 20 pounds lost)...I'll do the same thing I'm doing now.

Fantastic work losing 59 pounds!! Kudos to you!! You are an inspiration to all of us.

MB said...

Wow! 59 pounds! That is great.

I hope you are feeling better soon so you can get out and make those happy memories.

TB--Milwaukee said...

I always find myself starting my weight with a 2 while I haven't had been in the 2's for a while now. Just habit I guess.

Not sure if I've commented before. I do enjoy your blog and stop by almost daily.

Fab Kate said...

wow, congrats! I know I lose tract of what I weigh too, and think that I'm a lot heavier than I am.

Sarah said...

New picture soon?

:c)

Ceres said...

I'm so happy for you, Lyn! Happy for sticking with it through your plateau, happy for your old face showing up again, happy for all the positive energy you transmit to the rest of us! Keep it up! Looking forward to the new pics!!!

Honi said...

Bravo!!!!!!!!!! ( thats me clapping too) what a fantastic post.. I am right behind you.. I lost 6 pounds from April 28th to May 30th... Hopefully June 30th will deliver another successful weight loss for me as well as you too... Fabulous post.. !!

Heather said...

that is wonderful! I sometimes type in the wrong weight because I dont realize that I weigh so much less. its so exciting and you did really well in may.