100 Pounds – Such a Tease…
Well yesterday was weekly weigh-in day, and I posted a loss, albeit a small one, from last week. I weighed in at 217.4 pounds yesterday. That’s down .4 pounds from last week, and still leaves me 2.4 elusive pounds shy of the century mark and losing 100 pounds! I can taste that victory, and yes, it’s a measly couple of pounds, but the psychological significance of having lost 100 pounds is really huge. I remember when I first started this journey a few years ago, I’d watch the people on the Today show, or read the success stories in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who had lost 100 pounds, and for the first time, I thought, “They’re no different than me. I can do this, too!”
And I almost have achieved that goal! A. L. M. O. S. T….. I was kind of disappointed this week because I did really well with exercise again for the first time in a long time, and I was good with my food. My nutritionist reminded me yesterday when I told her rather disappointedly about my small loss that when you first begin exercise (which for all intents and purposes, this week was a restart), your muscles retain water, and the loss may not come immediately. So busting through this plateau will take a little bit yet.
What’s keeping me going until I hit this huge milestone along my road to a final goal weight are the changes I’ve undergone. Health, energy, and petty as it may seem, appearance. I actually really like the way I look now! I got a haircut this morning and snapped a photo with my phone today to see it from the side (see above). A few years (or even a few months) ago, a side shot of my face/head would’ve been something that made me cringe and reflexively delete the photo. But when I saw this one, I had to stop for a minute. It didn’t even look like me! I didn’t have a ridiculous double (or triple chin), there was no fat roll on the back of my head, and damn if I didn’t even see some of the muscles/tendons in my neck! I actually thought I looked…well…kinda cute! So that satisfaction – knowing I’ve changed my life for the better – that’s what’s going to propel me through until I’ve lost 100 pounds (hopefully very soon!), and then past that, to get below 200 pounds, and ultimately to reach a good final goal weight and maintain it with a healthy lifestyle that never stops.