5/10ths of a pound a week

5/10ths of a pound

.5 pounds

8 ounces

1/2 pound

two cubes of butter

...per week

...for 124 weeks

...equals 62.4 pounds.

Starting weight 2/9/2010: 239.2

Current weight 9/4/2010:  175.6


If you had told me two years and seven months ago that I was going to lose .5 pounds per week, I would have run screaming from the room. I would have said NO WAY! That's too slow! I can't wait THAT long to get to goal. Why, at that rate it'll take me...doing the math quickly in my head--I want to lose 100 pounds at .5 pounds per week is 200 weeks or almost four freaking years!

Um, no thank you. I'll figure out a faster way to get to goal. Surgery? Jenny Craig...again? Nutri-System...again? Cut calories to 800 a day...again? MediFast? There has to be a FASTER way!!!

I use to read people's blogs where they would lament about being a slow loser, posting week after week a loss of 1/2 a pound or a pound. I'd feel sorry for them and be thankful it wasn't me. I could easily drop 2-3 pounds a week.

Yet here I sit, two years and seven months later still forty pounds from goal

My goal is still 135 pounds. It's always been my goal, and most likely, will always be my goal. I may modify it as I get closer. I have that whole age thing working against me, wrinkles and stuff. People told me I looked haggard when I was 152 about a year ago. Yes, my friends are brutally honest. I like to think it was just lack of sleep, not the fact that I'm 55 years old.

Will it take me 78 weeks to get to goal? God, I hope not! If it does, that's okay. This isn't a race, I'm in it for the long haul.

I could look at it a different way too. Considering I gained 13 pounds in 13 weeks when I was actually trying to lose weight, I'm sure I could gain 78 pounds in 78 weeks. Don't laugh, sadly I've done it before, but I certainly don't intend to do it again.

As we say at work, it is what it is. I intend to make it work this time. To really buckle down, cut back on the eating, gain control again. I have one day under my belt. It feels good, although I am a little hungry, but in the weight loss world, hunger is a good thing.

New blogger on the block - Tanya

I love new bloggers. The ones that are just starting out, trying to find their way. Everything is new and fresh to them. They're excited about losing weight. You can feel their enthusiasm.

I love reading about their successes, as well as their struggles. I love cheering them on when they face the inevitable obstacles or when they have questions or self-doubt. I love being their cheerleader.

What always surprises me is how much I can learn from them. They're discovering things I forgot about. I've been doing this "thing" for a long time, and I've come to think that I know it all. Then I'll read a little tidbit that a newbie writes and go "whoa! I forgot about that!". Or "oh yeah, they're right!".

I'd like to introduce a new blogger friend I found over the weekend. She posted a sweet, encouraging comment on my Saturday post. I checked out her blog, and I'm her first follower. She needs a few more people to support her on her journey.

I introduce to you:
                                            Tanya's Weight Loss Journey

Funny name for a blog. :) Drop in and visit her, leave a comment, and welcome her to our world.

Comments

Heather said…
My philospy is that the time is going to pass one way or another... it can pass with me losing or gaining... so even if I'm losing slowly (I'm averaging about a pound a week, so I'm ok with that)... it's better than gaining. And truly... eating my usual unhealthy diet has me gaining about 1/2 pound a week.
I agree with Heather. When I was a kid, I took music lessons. And my teacher preached that you can't stay still over summer vacation, you either keep getting better or fall back. Anyway, great job building momentum. I've lost 30.7 pounds in 33 weeks, so I'm on the slow loss route myself.
Baby Stepping said…
Wow, I wish I had started losing .5 pounds a week many many years ago. Sigh. I'm heading to Tanya's blog to give her a "Hey there!"

hugs,
Mary
Debbie said…
I will take any weight loss. I like to lose between 1 and 2 lbs a week, but I will take what I can get. I am also on my way over to say welcome to the blogger world to Tanya.
Tanya said…
Thanks so much for the shout out Diana! I guess now I don't have a choice BUT to continue since people are actually reading what I write. :P

And any loss, no matter how slow is better than a gain. Totally agree with you on that.
kristi said…
Any loss is a great loss for me.
New follower here, please check out my blog, I have lost almost 30 pounds but have over 40 to go. My goal is 180.
What an inspirational post! I often say, "every ounce counts," but your example is so much more powerful a reminder of that. Your before/current photos are fantastic inspiration too. Keep up the good work ...
bbubblyb said…
You know I'd take that 1/2 lb *smile*. I soooo know about being in it a long time and sometimes the new people teaching me something or making me remember something I had forgotten. I'll go give Tanya a read. Hope you're having a good holiday weekend.
Hi Diana.. just found your blog. Nice to meet you!
You have done wonderfully losing weight and your picture looks awesome! My husband and I are both doing Medifast and have lost 90+ lbs each in 7 months... my goal weight is also 135. I still have a ways to go. Best of luck on your journey!! God bless!

~Margene
Hii,Thank you for such a great blog! I always get excited when there's a new entry from you!
Ron said…
Diana, You will succeed, even if it is 1/2 pound at a time.....

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