Thursday, February 4, 2010

I lost zero pounds last week. So why am I happy?

I weigh in every Thursday morning. This week, like last week, I weighed 213 pounds. And that should bother me, right? Wrong. 

I'm not unhappy right now. In fact, I'm feeling pretty good. And I'll tell you why. 

One, I know that my eating habits last week were not that great. Sure, I ate relatively healthy breakfasts and lunches. But my dinners included quite a few indulgence items. And those calories add up. And portion control? Forget it. I wasn't all that concerned with that. So, I made unhealthy eating decisions and ate too much. Both of those things are fully within my power to change in this upcoming week. So I'm happy. 

Two, my overall goal is to lose (in a healthy and sensible manner) one pound per week. I have already lost seven in three weeks, so I am double my plan. And if my body slows down a bit for a week or two, no problem. I'm still moving in the right direction. So I'm happy. 

Three, scale be damned, I feel better. I have worn my polo shirts tucked in each day this week, and I haven't done that in quite a while. My jeans fit a bit looser, my belt has to be pulled a bit tighter, and people tell me I look like I am losing weight. So I'm happy. 

And four, I made a conscious decision to not let the weigh-in bother me. Instead, I chose to seek out message threads on the "Panic! Button for Immediate Help" forum. I decided to focus my energy today on cheering people up and encouraging others rather than wallow in some faux-problem of my own. And as it turns out, writing messages of support to other people can't help but impact my own mood. So I'm happy. 

I don't know who all might read this blog entry. And I don't know where any of you may be on your own journeys. But I can tell you that just being here is enough to motivate and inspire me to do more, to be more. I read our stories and connect with different pieces of each of them. I am glad to be a part of this group and proud to be on this path with so many of you. 

So I'm happy. 

(Originally posted on SparkPeople.com)