My goal for the week was a 2 lb weight loss. I was sure I could and would reach that goal so I was psyched for a great week with good results.
This morning I stepped on the scale, not sure I had reached my goal, but expecting at least a 1 lb loss. I discovered that I only managed to lose .4 lbs since last week. Really?!!!! I know I had some days that I only had 1 shake instead of 2, but I tried to eat sensibly. Of course maybe my guacamole burger yesterday wasn’t the best choice, but I didn’t eat the whole thing, missed my morning snack, did more walking and ate a small dinner.
Okay, so maybe I didn’t always make the best choices this week, but I made more good choices than I did bad choices and expected to see a more successful week.
When trying to lose weight, any lower number on the scale is a good thing and I’m happy with my .4lb weight loss because I’m still losing and the ultimate goal is to lose weight and get to a healthy weight for me.
I, like many others, tend to measure my weight loss successes and/or failures by the numbers on the scale, but when I started this challenge I took my measurements so I could measure my success in other ways. My clothes are fitting more loosely, so I expect to see a bigger difference on the scale each week. I’m also taking in more protein, eating a more balanced diet and I have started putting more movement into my day, so maybe the scale wasn’t giving me a true picture of my overall success.
Not only have I lost a total of 9.6 lbs since I started the challenge, but I’ve also lost a total of 8 inches since starting the challenge. The scale hasn’t been showing me the total picture, but an 8 inch loss is giving me a more accurate picture of the success I’m getting on this challenge and I’m very happy with that. I’m losing weight at a rate that is easier to maintain and I don’t just want to lose weight this time, I want to lose the weight, keep it off and be healthy.
The next week may be my most challenging so far as I have a lot on my plate and a lot of time away from home. Still, I’m shooting for another 2 lb weight loss this week and I’m going to start checking my measurements once a week to better determine my success.
Here’s hoping I have another successful week.