It’s been awhile since I last reported on actual weight loss results. I shied away from making any announcements in “the morning after” because the news was, how shall I say, lackluster? For two weeks in a row I stayed the same. The scale wouldn’t budge. I hate that scale. I know it could have been worse. “At least you didn’t gain” is what I heard people say, but I was more than a little disappointed and confused. I worked this program like nobody’s business! As far as I can tell I followed the plan to a T. I stayed within my points range, recorded every morsel that went into my mouth, and walked longer distances around town. What more do I need to do?
The one thing that has kept me committed to staying on the program, in spite of the achingly slow slide to a better me, is that I do feel slimmer, trimmer, and more energetic. Without the structure of Weight Watchers I would actually be in a worse jam – so quitting isn’t an option. Today, I am so much more comfortable in my skin. I have to keep going. So after two weeks of hovering around the same weight, I dropped two pounds and then another pound and a half. So far I’ve lost 13.5 pounds in ten weeks. I’ve got less than ten pounds to reach goal. I’d personally like to get below 140 pounds and stay there forever.
While we’re on the subject of forever, I’ve been thinking a lot about the days, weeks, months and years ahead of me (G-d willing) and how my eating habits will have to remain the same as they are today. For the rest of my life, I will need to carefully select the foods that I eat. What more evidence do I need? I have already proved in countless “experiments” that I am not one of the lucky people who burn food faster than they can eat it. It’s sad, but truer than anything I’ve ever known. It means that I will always have to bypass huge sections in the supermarket, scan restaurant menus for the lower fat, lower calorie alternatives, incorporate and ingrain all I’ve learned from my days at Weight Watchers. There has to be no time off from mindful eating. I can live with that. What about you?