For those keeping score, I am currently playing in five different DietBets. (And that’s more than enough. Cut me off, please.) Tonight was weigh-in night for the newest of the bunch, and the first time I’ve weighed myself since last Sunday. I didn’t expect to have a HUGE drop this week, but I did expect to have A drop. After all, I stuck to my meal plan all week (except one planned lunch out on Thursday), and hit my steps goal every gosh darn day. So, it was not my happiest moment when I stepped on the scale tonight to see… no change whatsoever.
I wasn’t mad. (I mean, I did say I’d try to remember that the fatty gods were kind to me not so long ago.)
Weight loss is a wild ride, man. Some weeks, your body gives up 5 pounds for no apparent reason when you’ve done nothing atypical; some weeks, things go more or less as expected; and some weeks, you bust your ass and get bupkis. Now, in no way did I bust my ass this week; the bupkis isn’t entirely undeserved, especially given the notorious “week 2 curse” of new health routines. Was I a little frustrated and disappointed at seeing no difference on the scale this week? Well, yeah. But it immediately passed thanks to all the DietBetting I’ve been doing. I hopped off the scale, swallowed my dinner, and took myself out into the 17-degree (Fahrenheit) air for a 33-minute walk.
Like hell this event is gonna repeat itself.
Where I fell short on the scale this week, I succeeded in non-scale victories. I stayed within calories on Thursday in spite of the meal out. I got my steps every day. I brought my lunch to a last-minute lunch meeting with a colleague on Friday instead of getting food where we went. I smuggled lunch into the fancy movie theater I went to today instead of ordering off their fancy, delicious menu. I’m still off coffee and going strong. I’ve had THREE boxes of chocolates in my office for a full week, and instead of having a single one myself, I’ve plied my colleagues with them instead. And I finally made it to the gym.
My commitment hasn’t wavered. It’s growing. And even though the scale hasn’t shown me the changes, I can feel them.