Wow! It has been a crazy week! Hasn’t it? I appreciate your continued support throughout this whole ordeal.
After three days, I think I’m finally entering the acceptance phase. Yes, it sucks, but it’s happening, and there’s nothing I can do about it. I just have to wait, and wish for the best. My ultrasound is scheduled for January 3. I am going to follow many of your suggestions, and get a second opinion. I have to wait until I’m completely healed for that, though.
Until then, I don’t really want to talk about it on the blog anymore. This will be the last time I discuss it until I receive new information. I hope you understand. I want to keep this blog a positive place, not just for me, but for you, as well.
With that said, I’d like to introduce today’s guest poster, Katie. I wish I had read a post like this when I was trying to lose weight!
How to Have Patience with Weight Loss
Hi Rosey Rebecca readers! This is Katie from Keeping Up With Katie. I am here to talk about that little thing called weight loss. Weight loss—that coveted little devil that everyone says is as simple as diet and exercise. But, is it really that simple?
(Note from Rebecca: I love this picture, Katie)
In the last year and a half, I have successfully lost 50 pounds and maintained it through changing my eating habits and exercise (yeah..yeah..yeah…it really WAS NOT that simple). If you are anything like I was when I first started losing weight, you want quick results. You want people to notice after you have lost two pounds. You want your skinny jeans to fit after your first week of “dieting”. You want to get on the scale and see the numbers go down every time. If you are anything like the rest of the world, you will come to realize that these experiences will not happen quite as you anticipated. It can be wearisome to try to lose weight, especially if you aren’t seeing results as quickly as you hoped.
It took me one year and 2 months to lose fifty pounds. This meant that over the course of 60 weeks, I lost on average about .8 pounds per week. I am here to tell ya that you can lose .8 pounds after a trip to the bathroom!! This was extremely frustrating to me at first. I was not seeing quick results and was not dropping clothing sizes as fast as I wanted.
I was annoyed, I wanted to give up, and I was in tears sometimes that I just wasn’t doing enough. I was mad at my body, mad at myself, and most of all I didn’t appreciate the success that was happening within.
I have some important advice for all of you who are wishing to lose weight and questioning if what you are doing is even worth it:
- Be patient with your body. Weight loss will not happen overnight. After all, you did not gain the weight overnight, how can you expect to lose it that quick? Your body has to adapt to the changes you are making. Be kind to your body and build it up with positive thoughts.
- Slow weight loss=successful weight loss. What? You expected the laxative diet to be a successful way of losing and maintaining your weight loss!? A slow and steady weight loss will result in a sustained weight loss. This is because you are learning to change and adapt to this new lifestyle. It is so important to realize that weight loss equates with a lifestyle change. If you simply change your eating habits for a certain amount of time, you will not learn how to maintain your weight when you return to your old habits.
- Take pride in non-scale victories. Did you just run ½ a mile for the first time? Did you just choose grapes for dessert instead of ice cream (though you can certainly still have ice cream!)? These small non-scale triumphs will help take your mind off obsessing over scale results. This will also help you realize that the scale is only a small indicator of your new healthy habits and you will come to appreciate the process of changing your lifestyle.
- Don’t compare yourself to others. I started Weight Watchers with my roommate who lost her weight much quicker than I. It was hard to not compare myself to her and be jealous. Jealousy breeds doubt and doubt breeds failure. It was only after I started re-focusing on myself that the weight started to come off. This is your body and your own journey so take control of it!
I hope that this helps calm some inner demons that are haunting your weight loss journey. It can be discouraging when the scale doesn’t reflect your hard work. Be patient, in time your results will show. In the meantime, enjoy the process. You are each day choosing to be a better person by choosing healthful habits. If you change your perception of weight loss to one of positivity, the numbers on the scale will have little to do with how you feel!
Also, please don’t forget about my raffle to raise money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Tickets are only $1, and the prize is a case of Kid’s Coconut Water. There will be 10 winners, and the raffle runs until midnight EST on Halloween (October 31, 2010).