I was very curious how my weight loss would go this week. Two weeks ago, I cut way back on sugar and carbs and last Sunday I'd lost 6 pounds in a week, dropping from 205 to 199 pounds. After such a great loss, I wasn't sure what to expect this week. Last Sunday after my weigh-in, I ate a few peanut butter cookies I'd made for my daughter to take in her lunch to school, and then on Monday I started back on Medifast again. I was really hesitant to do that. I knew it worked for me before and I felt good on it, but I was feeling a bit burned out and didn't want to keep trying to do it if I couldn't stick with it. However, since my doctor thinks it is a good plan for me and since eating "whole foods" without any counting/measuring was not working for me at all, I decided to give Medifast one more go. After all, I have a month's worth sitting here staring at me day after day (Medifast sent me another month's worth right about the time I decided to quit). So, I figured, may as well buckle down and give it another go and try once more to get through the Transition program so I can figure out what foods trip me up and what foods work best for my body. This way, when I am ready I can reintroduce fruits, grains, more dairy, etc in a controlled manner and find the headache and palpitation triggers.
So after a week on Medifast I am down 5 more pounds to 194. I admit it does get old seeing the same numbers on the scale for months, losing the same 10-15 pounds over and over, but hey, it beats the alternative of NOT re-losing and just regaining without putting on the brakes. I am pretty proud of myself for keeping a good 80-90 pounds off for so long. Now to try for a new low.
Sometimes people ask me... and I ask myself... "how do you keep going when it takes so long to get the weight off? How do you not quit through all the stalls and regains and plan changes and hard times?" Well, I've come to a conclusion.
I do not always feel excited about losing weight. It is hard to be excited about seeing 194 pounds on the scale for the 10th time in 2 years. It is hard to stay excited when it takes a long time, the scale doesn't move, or it is very slow going.
I do not stay motivated about losing weight, either. A lot of people say they need to "get motivated" to do it. Well, that helps, but sometimes you just have to put one foot in front of the other and walk the path, even if you don't feel like it or care about it or WANT to. I guess that there is always some kind of underlying motivation. Kind of like when you have to get up in the morning and go to work, or school, or whatever. Some days you'd really rather stay in bed. You don't FEEL excited or motivated to pop up out of bed and go. But there is that underlying motivation that "hey I want to be able to pay the bills so I better get up" even if you don't really want to. So it's like that. I just don't think about it, I keep going, I do what I have to do to not weigh 278 pounds again. It doesn't have to be perfect, everyone screws up. Just get it together and keep going ASAP. Sometimes that is one meal later, and sometimes it is days or weeks later. I think the less time we screw around, the better, but the key is not to give up and to get back on track as soon as you possibly can force yourself to. Don't get discouraged. If you regain some weight, re-lose it. Just keep going. Don't give up. That's my key.
Looking forward to another good week. Take care!
*FTC-required disclosure: Medifast provided me with its products for my personal use for free. I am not paid or compensated in any other way for mentioning their products. Medifast states an "average weight loss of up to 2 to 5 pounds a week."*
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