No matter what the scale said today this was the truth: I have weighed in weekly each week. Every week, at Weight Watchers. I could not always stay for the meeting, occasionally it was at a meeting that was not my normal one, sometimes I was sick, often I was grouchy, but I weighed in every week for a year.
What this says to me, far more than the weight that I have lost, is that I am determined to see this through to the end. I am committed to making this work. And coming off the holiday gain I had a good week. It was not a perfect week, but it was a week where I kept at it even when I made a bad choice. And you know what? It showed on the scale (shocking I know!)
76.8 lbs Lost to Date
It isn’t a bad total for a year of work is it? The truth is, I wanted it to be more at a year, but how can I complain about having lost over 75 pounds? Today is a day for acknowledging just how far I have come. I have a new community of support around my weight loss. Between Mr. Goat and I we have lost 240 lbs this year. My family is healthier. I make better choices, even when I am making “bad” choices. I am stronger. I can run a mile. I can run a 5k. I have seen my commitment through every week for a year.
And case in point, my morning, aside from my weigh in, was truly awful. If anything could go wrong it did and I was grouchy. Really grouchy. Eat-everything-in-sight grouchy. But I couldn’t grab lunch until after 1pm. So at 12:15 I tweeted my community on twitter.
Over the course of the next hour a dozen tweets of encouragement came in and reminded me that eating is not a solution to my feelings. When the time came to make my choices for lunch I made good ones – low fat turkey wrap, fruit and a side salad. And a large iced coffee as a “treat.” I stayed in my points, I made a good choice and I feel better now than I did this morning. That is something I would not have done a year ago.
Sometimes the fact that I am busy changing is scary. There is a lot of “newness” to figure out. Some of it is good – smaller clothes. Some of it is hard – portion control. But each part of it is worthwhile. One year has brought amazing progress for me, and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings. Can you even imagine the possibilities?