Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Every Pound Is A Victory

Since January 1st I have been involved in a "Biggest Loser" weight loss contest.
I wasn't really interested in it because I have lost so much weight at such a slow pace it didn't really seem worth it to me to compete with others who were just starting their journeys, however, a lot of my family members (including Mom) were participating so I said why not for $20 it's extra motivation.

(me January 1st, 2012)

The contest ends this Friday, 4/27 and I have just been told that most of the participants are not doing the final weigh in because "they didn't do as well as they hoped," during the contest.

That is ridiculous.

Weight loss is not a race. 
If it was I would have lost 2 years ago when I started. 
It has taken me all this time to lose 48 pounds, when some people can lose that in a matter of months. 

But that is what JUST KEEP SWEATING is all about, no matter what, you keep going. 

You hold yourself accountable.

(me, April 24, 2012 )

I lost a total of 9 pounds during this contest, and I am more than happy with that.

 "Every pound is a victory, and should be treated like one."
(original quote, by me)

I know that it can be disheartening to be on a "diet," for 3+ months and only lose 10 pounds, but in the grand scheme of things that means nothing. 
Whether you are in a weight loss challenge against a group of people, or against yourself... it is all worth it, if you are bettering yourself. 

I wouldn't be where I am today if I had just not weighed in.
 I wouldn't know everything I know now if I didn't take it slow

So remember this, it isn't about the amount of time it takes to get to your goal, it's about the journey.



cayers said...

Great post! This is hard for me to do. I get so wrapped up in losing weight that I overwhelm myself, get discouraged and then give up....in less than a week. I lose really slowly. I believe that last time I actually lost weight it took me 4 months to lose 15 pounds. If I had focused more on the inches I lost or how great I felt maybe I would have kept going. You have really changed your lifestyle and I hope that one day I can do the same.

brista said...

Thanks for sharing! I am currently stuck weight-wise, but losing inch wise. Even though I know the whole "muscle weighs more than fat" blahblahblah, it still sucks. Esp because I've never been able to get below where I am right now.

aly said...

well said, so very true. every body, every person is so different- you cannot compare yourself to others as long as you are happy with yourself and your life this is the only thing that matters. the only thing that brings you success is happiness within!

Courtney said...

Great post! I agree, I have a "going away party" for every pound I loose. I don't care if the weekly weigh-in is 1lb or 10lbs, its still a pound to me that is gone and I know I worked hard for that reward, no matter how small. So good for you for sticking to it and finishing the challenge. I would love to loose weight faster, but it appears my body prefers to shed inches before and I'm fine with that - as long as the scale is a smaller number every week, I'm a happy girl!

Melissa Herendeen said...

This was so perfectly timed for me! I just found you via instagram, and then came to your blog. I hit my highest weight EVER in December so I started moving more/watching my eating. It has been hard; and I haven't been AS dedicated as I should've been. But, I've lost 11 lbs. And that's 11 lbs not on my body anymore so it's worth celebrating and continuing on. I always appreciate hearing other people's story of health so I'm adding you to my reader! :)

Amy@spotonwellness said...

Great post! It is very hard for people to remember to concentrate or remember the positives, (I lost a pound this week, Yay!) and not dwell on the negative (but I wanted to loose 3 lbs). You look fantastic and are doing so great. You are also inspiring others on your journey and that is an added bonus :) Keep up the great work!

Carlyn Giuriceo said...

Thank you! It was/is hard for me as well BUT sooner or later you just have to understand that it is what it is and you are making a difference whether the scale reflects it or not. Inches are SO important, they do not get the recognition they deserve..by myself as well. CONGRATS on your weight loss, you should set 5 lb goals and rewards it really helps :)

Carlyn Giuriceo said...

I have an entire post on Measuring Your Weight In Inches... this was a lifesaver to me, because inches matter as much,if not more than actual pounds. DO NOT GET DOWN ON YOURSELF, one pound at a time, one inch at a time...keep doing what you're doing...JUST KEEP SWEATING

Carlyn Giuriceo said...

Exactly! If we all understood that it would make life a lot easier!

Carlyn Giuriceo said...

Welcome! Thanks for finding/following me!! Have you seen my 40 pounds gone forever post? It tells you where I started and where I am... another hard post to share but I think it may provide you with some comfort. 11 pounds is amazing! You should reward yourself with something, every 5 or 10 pounds..nothing crazy but I find that goals and rewards help in the weight loss process. Do NOT deprive yourself of ANYTHING you want..that will only cause you to binge later. Anything else you need please do not hesitate to email me :)

Carlyn Giuriceo said...

a pound is a pound and that is great! My weight is always yo-yoing it has my entire life so when I hit a new low I ALWAYS celebrate because it is an accomplishment. Dwelling on numbers, whether it is the scale, inches or even in your bank account will only harm you rather than help. Enjoy the journey, live your life and sweat it out!

and thank you :)

Carlyn Giuriceo said...

LOVE that you have a going away party for your pounds that are gone forever! That is exactly how I am, I celebrate the loss because it is an accomplishment no matter how much or how little you lose! Inches are just as, if not more important than weight. I suggest stepping away from the scale for 2 weeks and just focus on inches, you would be surprised at the results!

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