277 pounds. That is what my scale read at the beginning of this year. On that piece of paper I’m holding to the left, it reads:
July 2, 2012
Total lost: 41 lbs
and still going!
When I started on my weight loss journey after a startling revelation courtesy of that one pair of pants, I set a realistic goal for the year: Lose 60 pounds in 2012. I’m thrilled to say I am 2/3 of the way there…and with 6 full months to go to tackle the remaining 1/3.
I’ve said many times it’s not easy. To some extent, I am lying. Some weeks are unusually easy with nothing standing in my way. Other weeks are challenging and have given me reasons to throw in the towel. But one look at the progress I’ve made and I flip the bird at those challenges.
Challenges be damned. I have to say I look freaking FABULOUS. And even better than that, I FEEL fabulous. When I look at that photo of me weighing 277 pounds it’s a clear reminder there is no way in hell I’ll be returning to that…EVER.
And that 60 pounds I wanted to lose by December 31? As I said, I am 2/3 of the way there…and it’s only July! To be honest, I have impressed myself. Never have I been this focused and committed to weight loss.
I’ve been fortunate though with the amazing support around me to keep reaching for my goals. Plus the threat of getting my ass kicked from various people tends to help as well. Because of that and the visual reminders I remain committed to my efforts even when challenges are in front of me.
Over the past 6 months, I’ve learned I lose an average of approximately 7 pounds per month which; to me, is a realistic and healthy pace. It’s just under 2 pounds a week with some weeks being higher or lower than others.
So is it possible to lose another 42 pounds by December? Absolutely. To be honest though, I’d be thrilled if it was 4 pounds a month. Notice I didn’t use the word”only”. It’s not in my vocabulary when it comes to how much I’ve lost.
Unfortunately I’ve heard many say some variation of this statement:
“I only lost 5 pounds this month. Dammit. I suck. Might as well give up.”
It’s a defeatist attitude and one I personally won’t allow anywhere near my efforts. Any loss; even a half pound, is still a loss. It’s still a step forward in reaching a goal.
Small steps count. Big steps count. And the hardships and challenges are there to help serve as a reminder that this journey is hard. If it were easy it wouldn’t be worth it.
For those who are also on a weight loss journey: Keep it up! Keep a positive atittude no matter how hard things get. I’m now proof it CAN be done.
As for me, I’m just sticking with my realistic goal of 60 pounds for 2012. Anything else will be an added bonus.