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…