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. Since 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!