I talked last week about the “See-Saw of Weight Loss” and how even though you stick to a diet and put in lots of physical activity, there can be no rhyme or reason as to why one week you lose a lot and the next you lose very little. And last week I was riding high on that see-saw.
Even though I had done less working out than the week prior, I had lost a little more weight than the week before. But this week, things went the opposite direction and even though I stuck to the diet 100% and even though I got in as much work-out time as I could manage, I lost very little this last week. Less than a pound in fact. And it can be frustrating but it’s important to remember that it won’t always be that way. Greater weight loss will kick in soon.
I’ve talked to other people on the HMR program who have noticed the same thing and it can really tank your confidence to have those weeks where you really try hard and don’t get the results you wanted. But weight loss is a long-term goal. While it’s nice to see the positive results in the short term, you really need to think about it as a process that takes time and the big picture is what’s important – not necessarily the week-to-week happenings. Because if you focus too much on the weekly outcomes, then a single week when you slip and eat off the diet, or gain a pound instead of losing one, might really crash your positive frame of mind and send you spiraling right off the diet altogether.
I mean losing less than a pound is the lowest loss for a week that I’ve had since I began the program. But looking at it overall, in the long-term sense, I have lost 131 pounds altogether. And that is certainly nothing to turn up your nose at!
But on a more positive note in terms of the little victories, I had a good weekend where temptations to go out of the box and eat off the diet were very present, but I stuck to the program. I had a wedding this last weekend and, of course, that meant a big reception with lots of drinking and a buffet dinner and there was even a candy bar at this particular wedding. And I don’t mean a “candy bar” like a bar of chocolate or a Snickers or something, I mean a whole table filled with self-serve candy of every kind! And I stayed away from all of it. So, that’s a victory right there to be happy about.
Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you later!