Plateau’s while dieting are a bitch. Even more of a bitch is when you keep stuck at a certain weight and it’s because you’re not balancing your diet and exercise. (sigh) And that is….dare I admit it….oh no…..that is what I’m failing to do. My first goal in my weight loss is to lose 24 pounds. My mini goal from that is to reach 50% of that which would be 12 pounds. 281 is that magic mark. That evil, unreachable, despicable mark.
My maximum weight was 293 lbs. (btw, why is the abbreviation for pounds “lb”?) Anyway, medical recommendations for my weight are in the neighborhood of 150 lbs. That means a total of 143 lbs to lose! That’s more than my little ‘ol brain can comprehend. So I’ve broken my goals down to 24 lb increments.
All of this is well and good, but I just haven’t been able to reach that first goal and I’ve been struggling for months. STRUGGLING. Sure, I had my Ben and Jerry’s phase and then the period where I was only allowed to eat meat, but my expectation is that I would be much farther than I am now.
I practice Buddhism. I’m also an alcoholic who got sober through A.A. Both teach you one vital thing….have no expectations. You can hope, and desire and strive for but have no expectations of the outcome. So what’s my problem? Expectations. I guess it’s probably not a good idea to ignore the teachings of those you respect.
Sure, some of you will tell me I shouldn’t be weighing myself, but that’s just not my nature. Years ago when I was running 5 miles a day I measured everything. My pace, my weight, my time, etc. etc. It was a period where I was most successful and it works for me.
Others will want to tell me that I should be happy with the weight I’ve lost and that I haven’t gained it back. You’re right and I am. But come on!!! We’re only talking one pound here!
The good news is our refrigerator is working better which means being able to stock a little on food rather than having to buy it everyday, which makes it very easy to grab foods that are quick and easy. Has anyone else noticed that quick and easy foods that taste good are bad for you? I’ll let you in on a little secret…they are.
So, that’s where I stand. Losing that one pound so I can mark the chart on the right to a 50% loss of my 24 pounds. Keep watching this week. I’ve promised myself that I will do it by the end of the week. Keep your fingers crossed.