Yippee! I am SO happy that I have a fabulous weight loss to report to you this week! And today is my 5-month anniversary since getting back on track on February 9th, so that makes this weigh-in even more special and fantastic!
Five months ago... I hit an all-time high of 400.8 pounds. It was also an all-time LOW emotionally. I will never forget that day as long as I live. I was totally devastated... and totally disappointed and appalled that I had let myself reach and eclipse the 400 lb. mark. I felt absolutely hopeless and helpless. I had allowed emotional eating to control my life... and it was destroying my body... and my life. I had been in a deep, dark funk for months... and I felt like I was slowly sinking into a dark abyss that I would never be able to climb out of.
But... it was exactly the wake-up call that I needed. So... looking back... I am thankful in a way that it happened... because it motivated me to finally get serious about weight loss. It forced me to deal with the issues that were causing me to overeat. And if I hadn't dealt with those issues... I never would have begun to lose weight.
So... no matter what you weigh today... please know that there IS hope for you! No matter how bad it seems right now... no matter how discouraged you feel... you DO have the power to change! You are NOT trapped in an obese body and doomed to stay at your current weight for the rest of your life! There IS a way out! Just believe in yourself... start to make healthier choices... and always focus on the positive! Take it one day at a time and do the best that you can each day! Every healthy decision that you make is going to add up... and the results will amaze you!
And don't compare yourself to anyone else. You are a unique individual. You have your own set of reasons why you are overweight. You have your own issues to deal with. Your body will respond differently to different plans, calorie levels, and workout routines than anybody else's body will respond. Find what works for YOU... and then do it!
And always remember that you are not alone! I'm here fighting the fight right beside you, counting calories, exercising, dealing with issues, and overcoming obstacles every day as I continue this "journey to lose 200 pounds!"
Don't give up... keep persevering... and believe that the happiest, healthiest, best days of our lives are ahead! Because they are! :)
And now... here are how the numbers stack up at this 21st week of being "back on track," in spite of having been "off-plan" for about 3 of those weeks. (See... one doesn't need to be perfect... one just needs to be persistent!)
Last Week: 356.4 lbs. This Week:352.8 lbs. Pounds Lost: 3.6 Total Lost Since 02-09-09: 48 lbs.
That's 48 lbs. in 5 months, at an average of 2.28 pounds per week! Not too shabby... if I do say so myself!
Sure... it would be great to lose 4 or 5 pounds a week... but for me "slow and steady wins the race" seems to be the way to go. And I'm fine with that. In 5 months I'm already nearly 25% of the way to my goal of losing 200 pounds... and if it takes me 2 years to accomplish that feat... so be it. The important thing to focus on is that I WILL accomplish it!
And I just want to thank all of you wonderful blog buddies who have been so faithful with your encouragement, support, and inspiration. I could not do this without you! You have added so much to my journey by being here for me... by not giving up on me... and your support is absolutely priceless! Thank you SO much!
I hope you are all having a fabulous week. I love you all... and I know that good things are ahead for all of us!