September 24, 2012

Slow Going, And It's OK

For anyone keeping track, you'll notice my weight didn't change last Monday. That isn't because I didn't weigh in or log my progress, it's because I didn't lose anything. I maintained for the week. It happens, even when I follow all the rules. Of course I'd rather lose something rather than nothing, but at least I didn't gain. This week I seem to be back to my 1 pound weight loss. I'll take it. Last week was stressful and hectic at work, but I did my best to stay healthy and it apparently paid off.

We're all going to have weeks when we don't lose anything or we gain back a pound or two. Sometimes it will be because we had some missteps during the week, and sometimes it will happen even when we do everything exactly right. No matter what the scales say, we have to keep exercising and eating right.

Last night I posted a new recipe in the Recipes section. Check it out when you have time. It's one of my favorites. I love Chinese food and this satisfies my craving while letting me control what goes into my dish. Prepared as posted, it tastes like something you get from a restaurant. Feel free to add veggies you enjoy. You can never go wrong with more veggies.

Good luck to everyone in the coming week!

14 comments:

  1. It isn't going as well for me. I keep getting stressed out and when I do I eat like I've been starving for years. It's stupid. I've gained weight. :(

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    1. Sarah, I can't relate to your stress eating. I usually do too. Don't give up. What I've been trying to do is eat fruit instead of...well, anything I normally would have when I get stressed. It's hard, but I know you can do it.

      When you have a bad day, don't throw in the towel for the week. Wake up the next day and try again. Eventually you'll pull through and begin losing. Just take it one day at a time, and forget about the long-term picture. Sometimes that can be too overwhelming. Take baby steps for now.

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    2. Thanks @Christy! I'm going to keep trying. It's just so hard.

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    3. I know it's hard, but we can do it. Think of all the reasons want to lose weight...your health, clothes you'd like to wear, things you'd like to do, etc. Keep those in mind when you feel like eating something you know you shouldn't. That's been working for me lately. Maybe it will work for you too.

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  2. @Sarah keep hanging in there! It isn't easy, but just don't give up!! We all have a bad weeks and I have sure had mine lately.

    @Christy I am so proud of you!!! Keep up the good work. You just encourage me to do better.

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    1. Thanks, Mom! You and Steven help keep me on track and inspired too! :-)

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    2. @Jimmye I'm trying not to give up but sometimes it's hard. You and Christy and Steven are helping me a lot!

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  3. @Sarah: I second @Jimmye's comment: don't give up! Two catchy little sayings I've heard – 1) It's progress, not perfection. You're gonna have good days/weeks and bad ones.

    The second saying is: It's a process, not an event. No one just wakes up one day and says "I'm gonna lose a bunch of weight", and then -poof!- it's gone. It happens slowly and steadily, and sometimes it doesn't happen at all. We just have to hang in there and forgive ourselves when we're not as focused or disciplined as we'd like to be.

    I still haven't gained or really lost anything, but I had Jack in the Box last week and immediately felt guilty. @Christy is my confessor and I told her right away. It helps me to be accountable to someone. I know Christy's not going to lecture me or make me feel bad, but just knowing I have to 'fess up to her keeps me on the straight and narrow most of the time.

    We're all here for you. Hang in there!

    @Christy: I'm proud of you, baby! I know how difficult this is for you and how you wish the weight was coming off faster, but you're staying diligent, even at 1 lb./week. And like the books say, that's the way to do it. Slow and steady wins the race. (Or at least keeps the weight off once it's lost.)

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    1. My wise Jedi. I love these sayings, and I need to remember them. Thank you so much for being there for me, baby! Your encouragement keeps me going.

      I know you're going to reach your goal too. It's just going to be harder for you because it's a smaller goal. You can do it. I believe in you.

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    2. Thanks @Steven. I need to read all of this from you guys. It's helping me. I like the it's progress not perfection saying. I have to put that on my mirror so I see it all the time.

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    3. You totally need a fancy-dancy "It's progress, not perfection" Post-it® note on your mirror! I like that saying a lot, too. It helps me with anything – and I mean anything - I feel like I'm not making fast enough progress on. Everything from cleaning house to laundry. But as long as I'm trying, I feel better even in failure.

      OMG, I sound so lecture-y! And this from the guy who hasn't lost an ounce. Yet. ;-)

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    4. @Sarah, that's a great idea!

      @Steven, you don't sound lecture-y. Pearls of wisdom are meant to be shared, baby!

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  4. Hey, it just occurred to me. Dieting is one of the only things you can win by losing!

    So let's all be losers! ;-)

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    1. I like being this kind of loser! :-)

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