A few weeks ago, I was feeling pretty discouraged that my weight was stuck in the 230-233 range for a very long time. One of the frustrations was that I would weigh myself daily, but Thursdays – when I take a snapshot of the scale and post it to this blog – were always my heaviest day of the week. So, being the superstitious person I am, I started taking snapshots any day that the scale showed a lower weight. In my (admittedly warped) mind, this was proof against Thursday — and my body wouldn’t dare put up a higher weight when I could prove I had weighed less the day before!
This morning, when I stepped on the scale, up slightly from last week, which was up slightly from the week before…well, I was pretty frustrated. I had a photo from earlier in the week where the reading on the scale was 225. I thought seriously about posting that photo instead of today’s.
As I sat at my computer, indecision gave way to resolve. I have to choose the whole truth when it comes to this journey — the good, the bad, the ugly…that has been my internal contract since I started blogging about my weight loss. Whether anyone ever looks at it or not, I have to tell my story as honestly as I can. NOT being truthful with myself is, to a great degree, what made this journey necessary in the first place.
So, here are some truths I have to keep telling myself:
- Losing weight is hard. Even after all this time, despite ongoing daily commitment and more good choices than bad choices, it remains hard to do.
- It would be nice to have the pounds drop off “Biggest Loser” style, but for most people who have large amounts to lose, and for me, weight loss is a long journey: a marathon, not a sprint!
- Be happy about progress, even though it may not show in the way you want it to on the scale. My body shape has been changing while my weight has not. I am now uniformly wearing size 16W in pants, and regular XL or Large in tops. Two nights ago, I bought my first size 14W skirt. While it is strange to be straddling the “womens” department and the other departments at stores, it is also awesome!
- Feeling good trumps everything else! This is the secret that is so hard to hold on to when I get discouraged at the scale. Imagine, if you can, how it felt to weigh 352 pounds…panic attacks, labored breathing, never feeling good about how I looked, never fitting in chairs or public transportation…I can tell you that it rarely felt good. Now, I pretty much feel great every day, both physically and psychically.
Posting my weight on Thursdays keeps me honest – with myself and with anyone else who looks at my posts. I want others to know that, while there are plenty of them, it is worth the hard parts. And I want myself to know that the truth has, truly, set me free. And that, friends, is why I am still doing this.