Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Truth Of Tuesday Night

Well,  I did it again!

I managed to maintain my weight for another week.

Last week: 243.25 lbs
This week: 243.25 lbs

I'm glad it didn't go up, but it just goes to prove to myself that I didn't work very hard.

I had set myself 2 goals for the week.  One was to continue with 10,000 steps and the other was to log my food.

I logged my food every day, both good and bad.

As for the steps....I fell short of my goal for about 3 days last week, but I did have a sore stiff neck all weekend and could barely move.  It's slightly improved but I still can't turn my head very far to the right.

I am going to just continue on with the goals and eat a few less ice cream bars as well.

This week, I have been reading the blogs I follow and there was a theme with a couple of them.  Basically it was about accepting yourself for who you are and appreciating how hard you have worked to get where you are.

Samantha's over at 24 to 30 and Ashley's over at Picking Up The Pieces.  These are a few of the blogs I read religiously and both women have come so far in their journey and inspire me to keep going on the days when I think I can't.

They talked about compliments and having "fat days".  I know I certainly have days where I feel better then others and still don't know how to take a compliment from someone about the weight I have lost.  I usually mutter something along the lines of "oh thanks"

What I really should say is "Thanks, it's been a lot of hard work, but I am focused and proud of what I have accomplished!"

At the doctor's today, the nurse saw me and said I looked fabulous.  I said thanks, but inside, I was thinking...yah well, I have not really been working as hard as I should and that she has only met me about 3 times, she probably doesn't really remember what I looked like.

But here's the truth...while I have not lost a lot this year, I have lost just over 30 pounds.  Not just lost that amount, but have kept it off.  There is something to be said about that.

To put things in perspective for both my readers and myself, this time last year the scale read:

261.75 lbs (July 10, 2013)
243.25 lbs (July 9, 2013)

Loss of 18.5 lbs.

That's not a small amount.  Not only that, but I did it through hard work.  I didn't have surgery, use weight loss wraps, replacement shakes, diet drugs or any fad diet on the market.  I don't have a personal trainer or gym membership.  I simply ate less and moved more.  It's not easy and it's not fun, but at the end of this journey when someone asked my secrets, I can tell them to get off the couch and believe in themselves.  Shelf the idea of finding some magic tool to help....you are that magic tool!


Until next time,

Amy

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10 comments:

  1. You definitely need to give yourself some credit and accept the positive words people give you :) I am going to check out the other blogs you linked, I can always use inspiration!!

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  2. The picture is funny. I thought I'd share it on facebook. I am aiming for 10,000 steps a day now to hold myself accountable and try to record my foods intake in daily basis. So good luck to us! Happy to hear your progress so far. I hope you keep it up.

    -http://herweightlossdiary.blogspot.com

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  3. Keep plugging away at it remember slow loss leads to permanent loss. We all work at it hard one day and not so hard the next.

    this is not an easy journey, accept every compliment you get!

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  4. Thanks for the plug-in on your post, I feel honored! It is so hard for us to accept the compliments and I can understand for you, with staying between the same 5 lbs for the longest time, it is tough to swallow when someone says you look great. You think to yourself, "who are they talking about? The numbers on the scale are not moving, it can't be me." It is true you look good. I had a friend on Sunday make an off the cuff comment about something loosing weight and her husband pipped in and said "Ashley is dropping like crazy too." While I could have given a snarl comment back in response, I chose not to say anything and relish in the compliment. Our mindset is a constant work in progress.

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  5. I have a hard time with the various mind sets as well. I poo-poo my loss a lot. But as my hubby tries to remind me that if I read another blog where someone says they lost the same about I would all be like RAH RAH YEAH!!!!!! lol It's true. If to check out these blogs you linked. First time to you and will be to them as well. :)

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  6. Hey, at least you haven't seen a climb! Small victories!!

    Using a food log too was SO HELPFUL for me, and I'm ashamed to say I've gotten lazy as of late, mostly because we cook at home alot now and it's hard to log a "made up" recipe and still get accurate. It's frustrating!

    As far your steps goal.... 3 out of 7 is pretty good.... it means ***4*** of the 7 you DID make your goal! That's more than half of the week!! WOOHOO!!!!

    :) :)

    <3 U!!

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  7. Maintaining is definitely better than gaining!

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  8. JUST FOUND your blog ... am adding it to my reading list...wishing you much much luck on your journey to a healthier you ...

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  9. Eating less (smaller portions) and moving more is key to weight loss! I just found you so I don't know if you're also drinking water.

    I agree with Katie J that maintaining is better than gaining!

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