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Weight Loss Milestone Reached

I’m proud to report that I am now below 150 pounds! When I stepped on the scale this morning, it read 149.0. 150 was a huge milestone for me that I’ve been shooting for for pretty much my entire adult life. My weight has always hovered somewhere in the 160′s and for a long time I believed that was just the weight my body wanted to be. If you believe the weight you’re at is where mother nature intended you to be, it’s really hard to get up the motivation to do anything about it.

So a little over a year ago, I did something pretty radical: I convinced myself that I could be whatever weight I wanted (within reason, of course). I decided I wanted to be 140 pounds, so I set out on a journey to get there.

Today marks 18 pounds lost so far. 18 pounds in a little over a year is hardly groundbreaking, but trust me, it feels amazing. In the time since I started my journey, I’ve had ups and downs. I would go on an exercise kick for a few months, then I would get lazy for a while and gain back a few pounds, I would skip snacks and dessert for a while, but then I’d go back to eating them and gain a few pounds. What finally clicked for me was that the change had to be permanent. There won’t always be time for as much exercise as I’d like, and I can’t say no to dessert forever. What I can do forever is reduce my portion sizes. ┬áSince I began cutting down my portions to the proper size a month ago, I’ve lost a pound per week, without ever feeling deprived. Hell, yesterday I had a big piece of cake at a birthday party!

The other really fantastic thing about losing weight slowly is that 167 pounds seems like it was so long ago. When you lose weight slowly, you have sufficient time to recalibrate to your new body and weight, so your lower weight seems normal. If you drop 20 pounds in two months, you might not feel like yourself, and that will make you more likely to gain it back. 167 pounds is such a distant memory that I can barely remember what it felt like and what my body looked like. It doesn’t seem like me anymore. So I’m convinced, slow and steady is the way to go with weight loss.

What’s really exciting is that my original goal of 140 seems completely within reach now. I’ve already got two of the digits right! And I know the formula to get there: just keep eating right-sized portions. (And the four hour dance rehearsal I have tomorrow will probably help.) I think I’ll set a goal for myself to reach 140 by my birthday. That gives me roughly 16 weeks to get there. Let the challenge begin!

Happy December, everyone! I hope it’s off to as good of a start for all of you as it is for me!

10 Responses to Weight Loss Milestone Reached

  1. Congrats on reaching your goal!

  2. Congratulations…I understand the weight goal as a number, but it’s always something that has bothered me too. When it comes to being healthy, it’s not necessarily the amount you weigh, but where that weight is coming from. Muscle is a lot heavier than fat, so being toned may mean you weigh more. This isn’t to discourage you in your ultimate goal, but just a reminder not to get too fixed on the number and more on what makes your body healthy.

    • Gen Y Finance Journey

      Oh I agree. My original goal was actually focused more on body fat percentage than weight, but then my scale stopped working. Now it throws an error whenever it tries to calculate body fat percentage, so I started paying more attention to weight.

  3. Congratulations!! This is on-going issue for me as well so I now exactly how excited you are. Smaller portions really do help. I read your post about losing weight while eating pizza (my lifeline).

    I’m sure you will reach 140 by your Birthday if not a lot sooner than that.

    • Gen Y Finance Journey

      Thanks! It’s definitely been an ongoing issue for most of my life. For as long as I can remember I’ve been an over-eater. I remember as a child I would sometimes eat so much that I’d make myself sick. Smaller portions should have been the obvious thing to do, but I’d been going for so long eating way more than I should that my eating habits seemed normal to me. And because I’ve always been active with dance, I’ve been able to keep my weight sort of in check, so I always felt like I was healthy *enough*. I finally admitted that I was kidding myself and I really did weigh too much, but it took a while to not only realize that I was eating too much, but also to realize that it was *possible* to retrain my body to feel full on less food.

  4. That is awesome!! Conngratulations! Weight is not about a number….its about how you feel. It sounds like you are off to a really awesome start.

    • Gen Y Finance Journey

      Thanks, Holly! It’s definitely not just about a number, it’s about how healthy I feel and how comfortable I am with my body. But seeing the number go down is really exciting. It’s not a perfect measure of health of course, but it’s the most tangible measurement!

  5. Congrats! Weight loss is a tricky thing for me, so happy to see it work for you!

    • Gen Y Finance Journey

      Thanks Marissa. Weight loss is really hard for most of us I think, so it’s really satisfying when you start to get a handle on it!

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