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Friday, September 13, 2013

Weigh-in Day & How Did I Lose 115 lbs?

Goal weight: 145 lbs

Today's weight: 140.8 lbs

I just realized something kinda interesting.

Like a light bulb just went on above my head.

Fridays have been my weigh-in day for over four years now.

I've rarely ever really looked past the upcoming Friday.

Let me explain.

When I started out in my weight loss journey at 258.8 lbs, I almost never thought about the daunting task of losing +115 lbs.

I never thought at the beginning of this process back in August 2009, "OMG. How am I ever going to lose THAT MUCH WEIGHT?"

I only thought about that upcoming Friday weigh-in.

That Friday was never more than 6 days away.

What I focused on: that the weight on that upcoming Friday needed to be less than the previous Friday's weigh-in.

That's it.

Just less.

It didn't really matter if the scale showed 0.3 lbs less or 3 lbs less than the previous Friday.  It just needed to be less.

I know that if I had thought about the HUGE job of losing 115 lbs, I would have been discouraged.

I broke it down in manageable weekly chunks.  I wonder if it's one of my secrets to my success?

That's how I rolled for about 14 months while I was losing.

And let me tell ya, all of those little losses week after week added up to 115 lbs eventually.

Now that I've been in maintenance since December 2010, I still never look farther out than this upcoming Friday.

Each and every Friday, when I step onto that scale, the number needs to be less than 145 lbs.

That's it.

As long as the scale shows less than 145lbs, then it's all good.

And to be honest?  This is a pretty fantastic place to be.

8 comments:

  1. Yes, you have uncovered one of the secrets to long term success -break long term goals down into realistic pieces..less than last week's weight- I can do, 250 pounds less as an ultimate goal -all I ans say to that is GULP.....

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  2. Me too! Wow...what geniuses we are!!!
    Once I got over my scale whoring ways (that took me awhile...I would weigh myself on several scales a day sometimes everyday!) during my losing phase, I also had my weekly weigh-ins on just one scale each Wednesday morning. My sights were always firmly focused Wednesdays! I too have my RED ALERT NUMBER that keeps me in check. Thanks to reminding me that I am a genius too!
    Onward!
    Judi

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  3. Great idea!! I don't need to lose 28 lbs by the end of this year. I just need to weigh less this Saturday than I did last Saturday!
    Thanks again for being a constant source of inspiration on this journey.

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  4. I love that perspective. Just less. LOVE IT!

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  5. Great idea. I am going to start doing this!

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