Thursday, October 15, 2015

Just Today

Current Weight: 304 lbs
Total Loss: 45 lbs
Avg. Loss/Week: 1.6 lbs
- Body Weight %age: 13%
Holy plateau, Batman.

Since our trip in mid-September, both Jordan and I have been struggling to get back on track. I think it was a combination of eating recklessly during vacation and resting on our laurels of losing a lot that led us to a month-long plateau.

And you know what? The stuff that kept me off track since we’ve been back is dumb, just dumb. Things like an extra helping of chicken or broccoli (indulgent) or too many handfuls of popcorn (decadent) or skipping my morning dog walks due to staying up late watching DVRed Project Runway episodes (thrilling). The next flippin' time I go off track it’s going to be over something sexy like truffles, thick-cut bacon, or warm crusty bread.

Here's my weight loss graph from the last six months.
Lookin' a little rocky the last month or so...more valleys less peaks, please!
Last week marked six months with Physician’s Weight Loss Center. We each average a loss of about two pounds per week which feels slow when we’re in it but it definitely adds up! Knowing that we each lose at a rate of about 50 pounds/six months, we can reasonably project how much time it will take to reach our goal weights:
  • Jordan has 20 more lbs to lose = 10 more weeks =  Christmas 2015
  • Meg has 100–130 more lbs to lose = 50–65 weeks = Christmas 2016
That’s a LONG damn time, Chickens.
And some days I wake up and just think “this whole thing is a tall glass of nope” and plan my “giving up” meals and treats. 

But one principle stops me.

I wish I could tell you it’s sheer willpower. Or the weight of accountability I owe to my loved ones and anyone reading this blog.

But it’s not.

It’s an concept I learned from Andie Mitchell (bloggess of Can You Stay for Dinner) in her TEDTalks video. The full video is worth every second of your time but if you’re in a hurry, just skip to 4:58—6:17. Give it a watch then read on below.
Just today.

Could I just _________________ today?
Could I just eat the right portions…
Could I just go on a walk…
Could I just not binge…

Yep, I can. 

I can’t think about doing this for the next year and half—I just can’t. But I can do it today. I’ve done it almost every day for the past six months and that’s where you’ll find me for the next 15 months. Thank you, from the bottom of my chubby heart to anyone/everyone following and encouraging us on this journey. I hope Andie's video is as inspiring to you as it was to me—remember that no matter what you might be struggling with, ask yourself, “can I do it just today?” I know you can.
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P.S. Uh, Andie, Emmie, AND Katie posted comments on my blog and I peed a little!! Check out what they had to say about the "Bloggers I Heart" post I made in September. Feelin' the chubby love! Also, Sara has been super sweet and sent great tips and encouragement as well, thanks, Sara!

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