The weight loss beast has been a fickle mistress this week. I hit a new low of 237.4 over the weekend, but then I’ve been holding hard to 240-239 for the better part of the week. This is mostly just stubbornness on my body’s part, as the diet and exercise has been spot on. It’s just one of those ugly things you have to contend with, especially as you start to get towards the end of your journey. That last sentence, “…you start to get towards the end of your journey” has been the train of thought that helps to keep these weeks where the weight is being a nuisance manageable. When I weighed in on Saturday at 237.4, there was a thought starting to take shape that I couldn’t quite put my thumb on. Then, I took some updated comparison pictures to enter a contest with MyFitnessPal, and that thought came full circle; I’m under 40 lbs to my ultimate goal of 200 lbs! It’s hard to get discouraged when you look at it like that.
That brings me to another thought; the importance of progress pics. I’ve had a lot of people ask me how I’ve lost the weight and taking lots of progress pictures has been one of the most important tools in my toolbox. As a person going through the journey, you simply can’t see the change often times. You look at yourself every day, so it’s hard to notice the gradual shift in how your body looks. It’s even harder to let go of that mental image of your former self. Even today, I look in the mirror and if it’s a slow week loss wise, all I can see if the fat that is still there. It may sound odd to somebody outside the process, but problems with things like body dysmorphia exist and can be a pretty big blow to your mental state of mind. With progress pictures though, you can place your current self side by side with your old self and then, even your own brain cannot hide the fact that you’ve come so far! I’ve taken a lot of pictures in my year plus long journey and I’ve had to use them quite often to quell that nagging voice of failure in my mind. Every time you place them side by side, you can get an instant shot of confidence and mental well-being, and that’s usually enough to help you buckle down and push away that bag of chips you were contemplating, just because your weight was up and you figured what’s the point of trying any more.
Those situations are going to happen. It’s important to have the proper tools to be able to combat that.
And finally, while on the topic of people asking me how I lost weight, what’s my secret and such, I may have clearer answers for you on that subject here in the near future. Throughout my weight loss journey, one of my best and oldest friends Garry King has been taking the weight loss plunge alongside me. We’ve managed to lean on each other when times got tough, temptation was high and the scales were just down right frustrating. Garry’s had as good as success as I have and he’s also had a lot of people asking him about how he lost his weight as well. Between the two of us, we see a lot of misinformation out there on the weight loss process, a lot of information that can scare people off, or teach them unhealthy habits that will only work for the short term. So, Garry and I have been talking and we’re thinking there’s going to be a new podcast here in the near future to address all of those issues. So far, it’s looking like it will be a bi-monthly cast and will cover everything from calorie counting, exercise and emotional eating. We don’t pretend to be experts on the subject, but we know what worked for us quite well. We also know the importance of making a lifestyle change vs. a temporary diet and it’s that line of thought we hope to share!
With that, I’m out! It’s time to go finish breakfast #2!