Weight Loss Struggles

So as I’ve said for many years, I need to lose weight this year. I’ve gained way too much weight over the past few years, and I need to stop the trend.

In January, I lost 1.2 pounds.

A measly 1.2 pounds.  And I’m seeing others post their 5 to 10 pound losses and wondering what the heck is wrong with me.  1.2 pounds.  That’s a big glass of water.  That’s nothing.  And I find myself very frustrated.

But then I look at the facts.

Okay, so in January, I went to Walt Disney World.   Sure, I was active there (and finished a marathon).  But I also didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to what I was eating.  I ate desserts.  I ate big breakfasts.  I had sandwiches likely grilled in butter and potato chips (and I need to stop typing this because now I’m hungry).

Then I had to have a mole removed on my leg and was on exercise restriction until the stitches were removed.  That means that from the day I flew home from Disney, I spent nearly 10 days doing nothing.

So a week of bad eating followed by 10 days of sitting around and I still managed to lose weight through all of that? Not bad. In fact, my weight was a bit up right after I had the mole removed, so to end the month on a low is good.

Now, I’m back into triathlon training, which means swimming and biking and running instead of just running.  After just one day of swim practice, I could feel the difference.  As hard as it is to get out of bed in the cold only to get into a cold pool, it’s worth it, not only for my training but for my overall health.

February holds another trip to WDW, so I just need to not go overboard and try to keep the scale moving in the right direction.  My body doesn’t like me to lose weight (something I need to have checked out by an endocrinologist – I don’t think anything will change, but best to have all the facts).  I need to remember that a loss is still a loss, no matter how small.  And to not give up yet.

9 thoughts on “Weight Loss Struggles

  1. One thing I learned really quickly during my weight loss journey is there is no such thing as “only.” ANY loss is cause for celebration, and the fact that you went to Disney and had a medical procedure done and STILL lost is a huge accomplishment! It’s easy for me to put on a few pounds just THINKING about the deliciousness to be had in WDW. 🙂
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  2. I got a list of docs from my OBGYN a few months back, I’ve just not done anything with it. Will make the call today.

  3. Before trying to compare yourself to other lb for lb you may want to look how what percentage they lose compared to their total body weight. If they have a lot more to lose then the same types of changes we have a bigger impact in how much they lose. Also your lifestyle is generally healthy. So someone making a huge change will see a bigger impact early on in their weight loss then things will start to settle into a more normal rhythm. Your doing all the right stuff. Hang in there! The scale moved in the right direction and it is worth celebrating!

  4. I’ve been lurking, reading your blog for almost a year now. I’m always super impressed that you are able to find silver linings and keep yourself motivated.

    I’ve been feeling the same way about my stalled weight loss, but this post helped me remember that all things considered, it’s not that bad! Plus, I have my 2nd half marathon in a few weeks, and will be signing up for my first tri soon. Let the activities begin!

  5. Thanks, Maureen. I have my moments of darkness for sure, but I do always try to find the silver lining. Mostly because if I don’t, I’ll just give up and fall face first into a bowl of chocolate ice cream. Which will definitely not get me closer to my goals. Plus it helps to share those moments and realize that it’s not just me dealing with struggles. So thank you for your comment.

    Hooray for half marathons AND triathlons! Good luck with both!

  6. It’s so hard to not meet goals we set for ourselves, but I see you as strong, regardless of what the scale says. Not many people can say they’re training for a marathon and a triathalon. You’re working hard and you’ll meet your goals, especially once this awful winter goes away!
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  7. Oh can I relate to this. I can’t imagine the frustration with all exercise you do. However, you rightly mention that is 1.2lbs in light of a Disney (so jealous) and surgery and even without those hurdles 1.2 is step in the right direction. Plus you ran a MARATHON! That’s just amazing.
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