Losing weight… takes patience

It has been 8 weeks since I started working to lose weight, get healthy and make some big self-improvements.  I have not been weighing myself too often but last week when I weighed myself I was disappointed. I have only lost 12 pounds.

I know I should have been excited that I lost 12 pounds in less than 8 weeks. I did it the healthy way with (mostly) eating right and exercising 2-4 times a week.  I just thought with all that hard work and determination that I would see a much bigger number and also notice it in my clothes. I really thought I would have been able to lose 20 lbs in my first 2 months. I guess I have high expectations for myself, huh?

Then last week was just a crazy week, too much going on, too much stress and I slacked off on exercising. I still did pretty good with eating healthy (except for that 1 sausage biscuit Sat morning) though.

This week I felt the guilt complex of “why can’t I stick to anything longer than a few weeks!” “I was doing so good and then slacked off and now I’m never going to be the size I want to be by Christmas”…  The negative thinking and beating myself up just made it even harder for me to get back on track.

I think shows like Biggest Loser make us have even  higher expectations.  Every week, not month but WEEK, they are losing 3-10 pounds. We have to remember though that they are working out like crazy every single day and are not having to deal with real life while on the show. They don’t have the time constraints and stress from their jobs and family responsibilities while on the show.

It’s a new week though and I’m picking myself up, guilt complex and all, and trying again.  Losing weight is going to take a lot of patience and I am usually short in that area.  I didn’t gain the extra weight in 2 or 3 months so I can’t expect to lose it all in 2 or 3 months.

I will try to be excited and proud of my weight loss to this point and not let my perfectionist mentality make me feel like that’s not enough.  On the other hand, I will also use that mentality to push me to work a little harder and stick with it.

Patience little grasshopper, patience…

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  1. says

    YES! I agree…too HARD on yourself! If you continue down this path then in 12 weeks time you will be down another 24 pounds! That would be 36 total and THAT my chickie friend is AWESOME!
    I stopped watching shows like BL for the exact reason you mentioned. it is unrealistic to expect to lose 5 pounds a week…not unless Bob and Gillian are living in your house, you have 8 hours a days to dedicate to getting healthy, or you don’t care about damaging your body.
    Of course, I am not one to give such advice…I have 50+ pounds to lose and struggle every day with defeatism, self-doubt, and body image issues :0). BUT, I know truth when I hear it and so don’t be so hard on yourself! Maybe setting smaller goals is a good idea? Like to lose 5 pounds in a month and then when you do a little more, you are even more encouraged!
    Off to tally my food intake and rejoice that I accomplished a 2+ mile walk with Leslie Sansone!
    Enjoy the night!
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    • says

      Thanks Donna! I had an off week last week, it was crazy and I didn’t get to work out like I should have or do the peak fitness challenge at all. :(

      I also need to lose a total of around 50 lbs, so 12 down, 38 to go. Not in rush to lose it all but I have an event coming up mid Nov where I will be seeing a lot of people I haven’t seen in a couple years and just really wanted to have a noticeable weight loss by then. Less than 8 weeks until then so I’m a little discouraged… Just have to work out more and try harder / keep at it.

      Congrats on the 2+ mile walk and sticking with watching what you are eating! Keep at it too!

      • says

        It is challenging when we have things we want to attend and well, we just want to look good…I know they say we should never lose weight for that reason, but let’s face it…we all do :0).
        I am going to Allume in October and I really would like to at least fit into the clothing I had from LAST fall. Truth is I do weigh the same, but somehow, when I gain and lose those same pesky 10 pounds, the weight sits…differently!
        Well, good luck on your endeavors! Consistency is so key. Praying you remain consistent and constantly looking to HIM for the strength you need!
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  2. says

    I would say patience is very important for losing weight. As most of the people give up because they don’t see immediate results. The problem with them is they set unrealistic goals which is not right. As I would say there is no short cut to hard work and this applies on weight loss as well.

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