This week saw me have a great loss. Considering that I didn’t lose anything last week, to see such a big drop this week was definitely a great thing.
I was under calories every day except Monday and Friday, when I worked out. My carb counts were higher on those days as well. I also made sure I drank a gallon of water each day, or at least pretty close to it. This week saw me increase my running time on the treadmill as well, which made me happy. I can’t wait until I can run for long continuous periods of time so that I can go on longer and longer runs. I’m not sure what combination of things I did this week produced the loss I had, but I’m glad it did!
I am not perfect, but I am consistent. As much as I hate being bored with my food, I’m learning that sticking to sameness in my weekly menu is pretty important in this weight loss phase. I’m also learning as I go along that being mindful about food choices becomes critically important the closer and closer I get to goal. I’m only 23 pounds from my surgeon’s goal at this point. I’m excited because I’m only 3 pounds away from a weight range I’d hoped I’d be in by my birthday, which is next Monday.
For me, getting to goal is not about getting there in the shortest amount of time. It is about getting there, period. This isn’t a race. I see this more as a long battle that I’m slogging through, and right now, I’m winning, pound by pound. If I make my surgeon’s goal by the next time I see him in April, so be it. And if not, it’s okay, because I’ll get there. I’m just going to keep doing what I’ve been doing, because it’s worked for me so far. I’ve been planning for maintenance all along, because I know it’s the longest part of this whole lifestyle. Weight loss isn’t. And it’s not realistic to think that it ever could be. So I choose to live this part of my life thinking ahead to what it will be like once I’m done losing weight.
Right now, I think it’s going to be pretty awesome.