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Gridlock Reflection

Friday, October 29, 2010

One pound?!? Really just one tiny pound?!? I don’t get it, I did everything right. Last week I lost 4 pounds…but this week just one? Not what I was expecting. I drank my water, I did my cardio and I tracked my calories. All week long I resisted temptation. All week I walked past the Halloween candy in the office and didn’t grab even one tiny piece. I went to dinner with friends and abstained from the chips and salsa in the middle of the table. This is my reward…just one pound.

Shortly after the disappointment of weighing this morning I made my way to the car to sit in traffic for my hour and a half commute to work. Feeling sorry for myself and sulking I kept telling myself that I HAD to push through the disappointment, all this is just strength training for my mind. I have to exercise restraint and discipline everyday even if the result on the scale is just one pound.

As the sky brightened so did my attitude, it was then I notice a sticker on the car in front of me. “The best things in life aren’t things.” DUH! This really got me thinking. Seeing five pounds gone on the scale would have been awesome…but the “training” I did on my will this week was so much more important. The determination to not take steps backwards is so much better than a big bowl of cookie dough ice cream. The pride I have for sticking to something for more than a day or two tastes sweeter than the soda I would have liked to have.

Guess what? I LOST a pound this week. I threw it away and I won’t see it again! This is a good thing.
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    This is an amazing blog! I love it...so insightful really. I thought it was going to be just a majoy "downer" but it pulls us right back around to the great attitude that we all need. Thank you so much for posting this. If I could figure out how, I would recommend this to everyone on SP!
    Keep up the great work, & keep sparking!!!
    June :)
    3440 days ago
    Hey!!! This is not THE BIGGEST LOSER!! Your body is adjusting to your new lifestyle, and (if you're smart) you're NOT going to show a 5-lb. weight loss every week: that would mean consuming 17,500 calories less (or burning 17,500 calories more) than you normally do EVERY SEVEN DAYS, and you'd have to spend 24/7 in the gym and eat only bread and water to get there. It's NOT HEALTHY--and worse, it won't stay off if you lose it that way. Your body and metabolism are geared to *survival of the species*--if you reduce your intake or increase your output drastically, your body "thinks" you're in a crisis situation, and adjusts your burn-rate accordingly--so you defeat your own purpose. Everything in moderation, especially this. 1-2 pounds per week is a good weight-loss, for the long term . . . and if you're doing everything you can, don't sweat it. Some weeks, the scale won't move (but you will have gained muscle mass, or be retaining water). Other weeks, it will move more than you expect--but your body is in control of that, and you have to be patient and let it make its adjustments as it needs to, to preserve your health and well-being.

    You didn't put the weight on overnight, and if you have good sense, you won't expect to lose it that way, either. Your gridlock is a good analogy: it may be frustrating to move forward ever so slowly when you're anxious to get somewhere, but *at least you're moving*--and you'll get there, eventually (probably in much better shape than if you'd been speeding).

    Cut yourself some slack! emoticon
    3440 days ago
    Maybe the four pounds was water loss??
    3440 days ago
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