Weight loss goal #2 = 20 pounds!
Early on when I decided I was going to lose weight, I set up goals and rewards for each 10-pound weight loss. After I hit my first 10-pound goal and was seeing some constant results and getting closer to goal #2, I decided to give the second goal a timeline.
My brother was returning from a 3-month work trip in Costa Rica so I decided that when he returned would be the perfect time to reach my second weight loss goal. So two weeks before he returned I weighed in at an 18-pound loss. While that meant that I only had 2 pounds to lose in two weeks and had been seeing good results, I was still nervous about it.
The coolest thing about the 2 weeks before my brother got back was that apparently 18 pounds is my magic number for people to start noticing that I had been losing weight! After months of busting my butt and happily seeing the numbers go down, it was exciting to have people who didn’t know I’d been trying to lose weight comment on how much weight I lost. Always awesome!
The morning that my brother returned from Costa Rica, I nervously weighed in. Had I done enough to reach that additional 2-pound loss? Should I have worked out more than I did? Did I push myself enough? Every weigh-in, regardless of a timeline, seems nerve racking because you just want to see that number go down. And sometimes it doesn’t. So aside from my nervous question asking, I also have to reassure myself. No matter what number I see, it won’t be anywhere near the one that I saw when I stepped on the scale a few months ago and started this journey. There are things that I know I can tweak to make sure the next weigh-in is better. Also, it’s always okay to use that lack of weight loss or minor weight gain as fuel for the upcoming week. All that worrying was for nothing though — as I not only hit my goal, I surpassed it! 21 pounds baby! [Plus I got to order my reward shirt!]
Since that was a week ago, I had another weigh-in yesterday morning. That weekend that my brother returned home, I had gone to the movies and out to eat almost every night and had some beers too so I knew my food intake hadn’t been glowing, even though I tried to keep it in check. I fully expected my next weigh-in to be a flop. At least one where there was no movement…since I still had made the rest of the week decent as far as calories go and was working out quite regularly.
Yesterday’s weigh-in came out with another 2-pound loss! So as of today, I’m at a 23 pound loss. My next minor goal is to lose 25 pounds before I leave for vacation next week, so we’ll see how that turns out. If I don’t make it, it’s okay. Goals are there to push us, not to bring us down when we don’t meet them. If we don’t meet them, we will usually still find ourselves one step closer to our goal and we can use it as motivation.
The best thing about meeting these weight loss goals is that I’ve only made tweaks to my normal lifestyle, and I’m not paying a load of money to do it. All the exercises I’ve done have been in the comfort of my own home (using a treadmill, weights and a yoga mat) or by walking around town and I don’t eat anything that I wouldn’t eat on a normal basis. I’ve simply added more fruits and vegetables to my diet, limited my added sugar intake, I make almost everything from scratch and I track my meals so I make sure I don’t veer too far from where I need to be. Any money I spend goes toward new workout gear or what I’ve earned as a reward for meeting a goal. I still eat out every now and then and I haven’t cut out alcohol (though I have cut back). Plus, dark chocolate from Belgium (Trader Joe’s!) is delicious. 🙂
Now it’s time to go hit goal #3 (and my mini goal before vacation)!