Over the last week or so I have been struggling with the reality of my weight loss. Though I now weigh less than I have in approximately 15 years and I often do a double-take when I look in the mirror, I sometimes ask myself: is this really happening or is this just some fantasy borne of my irrepressible imagination? All of this came to a head this morning when I stepped on the scale. I looked at the number and immediately burst out, “No way, that can’t possibly be right. How did I lose 7 pounds this week?!” I stepped off the scaled and stepped onto it again and the number was still the same. Thinking that the scale had somehow lost its calibration, I picked it up, removed its batteries, and placed them back inside so that it could reset itself. I stood on the scale again, and again, the number was the same. This just didn’t seem right. So I moved the scale onto a different part of the bathroom floor, thinking perhaps it had not been level. Once again, the number was the same. This just seemed terribly wrong. So I carried the scale into the kitchen, placed it on the floor, and stepped onto it again. Lo and behold, the number was the same. Surely there was something wrong with the scale. There was no way that I had lost 7 pounds this week. Knowing I had an appointment for an injection at the doctor’s office this morning, I determined not to log those 7 pounds into my online weight tracker until I could confirm on the doctor’s scale that I had indeed lost all that weight. So when I arrived at the doctor’s office, I asked if I could weigh myself. The nurse looked at me strangely. Most people try to avoid this part of the visit, yet I was willingly requesting it. So I stepped onto the scale … and you are not going to believe this, but the number was actually 0.4 pounds less than the number on my scale at home. I had indeed lost 7 pounds this week, bringing my weight loss total to 53! I nearly cried. After so many years of carrying around all this extra weight and several different attempts at weight loss, I can’t believe it’s actually working this time. I decided I needed to do another before/after picture. Maybe seeing these two images side by side will help me come to the realization that yes, indeed, this IS really happening. Reminders from friends along the way help, too. Thank you to all who have been supportive of my journey.
Until next time, peace …
I haven’t been keeping up. Congrats YOU!!! Miss you.
Congratulations — Keep up the good work.
Oh, Robin – I am SO proud of you!!!
You are doing great – keep up the good work and enjoy the rewards!
That’s wonderful Robin! I’m so happy for you!
Robin – I’ve just come across your blog and want to tell you how worthwhile are your efforts to lose weight. I’ve managed to keep 42lbs off for 9 years now – used WW as a prop, but hate the way they push their products which do not retrain your palate. I’ve never eaten convenience foods; if you investigate how many are produced, they might become less acceptable to us all. Try Paul McKenna’s methods (he used to be a hypnotist!) . The 4 rules are When you are hungry, eat; Eat what you want, not what you think yopu should; Eat consciously and enjoy every mouthful; When you thing you are full, STOP eating.
If you listen to your stomach, eat slowly and chew thoroughly, really tasting and feeling the textures of different foods, you will realise that you want less, and without realising, or weighing yourself, you’ll soon feel that loose waistband…don’t wait until you’re as old as me before enjoying this – the only problem is that it takes a very long time before you SEE yourself as this slim energetic new person. Keep at it – it’s very satisfying! With all good wishes for success.