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The Stir's Emily Abbate is working toward her 2013 resolution to lose weight and get fit. Check back every week to follow along on her journey, read tips and tricks that work for her, and join in to share your hard work in the comments section. Because, hey, losing weight is always easier when you have your friends supporting you.
I need to be honest with you guys. I'm not happy about how much weight I lost this week. Not because it's not enough, but because it's too much. For someone who wanted to lose 10 pounds, I feel like I'm, well, cheating the system. This week I lost three pounds, making my total weight loss at 9.8 pounds. That's 0.2 pounds under my goal, and I feel uncomfortable.
To be honest: yesterday morning when I stepped on the scale, I did it at 11 a.m. after running and doing a lifting circuit at the gym on my day off. Regardless, though, the rate that I'm dropping pounds ... there's no way I'm gonna keep them off.
I've been here before, and I remember being really happy. Everyone has a number in their head that's a perfect weight. For me, my ideal weight is smack dab in the middle of the healthy range of BMI for my 5' 5'' height. That's exactly why so many years ago, I chose it and made such an effort toward getting there.
Being here now, though, I feel ambushed. I feel like I'm not ready. But like, I'm eating. I'm eating a lot! I feel scared that I'm going to mess this up, and frankly, I don't want to just gain weight back because I've been going so hard, so to speak.
I'm sure there are things going on in my life that are affecting my high numbers. Stress, for sure. Ridiculously cold weather that makes me not just want to go to the gym and stay for a measly half hour like I used to. I've been so overly scheduled lately that I'm snacking more, and I'm learning that the more I do that, with the right snacks, the better that is for my metabolism.
Factors aside ... the weight loss is happening. Different weights look different on everyone. Now, this week's photo:
Don't get me wrong. I'm thankful and I've been dedicated and I will continue to be. I just know that when it comes down to it, slow, gradual weight loss is safer, and will last longer. I'll be interested to see what happens next week.
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Have you ever been in my position? Are you still sticking to your healthy resolutions for 2013?
Images via Emily Abbate