We are at the end of the year with tomorrow being the last day of 2013. It made me think about what can be accomplished in a single year when it comes to weight loss.
Before I lost 150 pounds I would end each year feeling frustrated that I had not lost any weight that whole year. I would start the year at 300 pounds and end the year at 300 pounds. Or some years I would start at 275 and end at 285. The numbers varied but the result was the same. No loss. Some gain. But never a loss from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.
I know I’m not alone. Many people make resolutions to lose weight at the beginning of the year and feel frustrated when those resolutions didn’t happen. I know I did.
But as you can see from the above picture, it finally did happen for me. Between the Christmas on the left and the Christmas on the right I lost over 100 pounds. I had a few more pounds to lose and I did that by March of the following year.
So you see – even if you are sitting there reading this post thinking, “That’s me. I promised myself that I would lose weight way back in January and here it is December and I haven’t lost any weight,” it’s not too late. It’s never too late. And it’s never impossible.
A year from now you can be in a completely different place. Or, if you are in maintenance now, you can be in the same place as you are now.
A year is a long time and you can make a lot of progress toward reaching your weight loss goals.
One day at a time. One good decision after another. One more day of doing the things that you already know how to do.
What did I do?
1) I committed to eating smaller portions and just one serving at a time.
2) I exercised six or seven days a week.
3) I kept the fat in my diet to about 30 percent.
Your plan will likely be different than mine and that’s okay. Like I’ve written about before, I will never be convinced there is just one way to lose weight. Today’s popular diet will be a thing of the past a few years from now. I promise.
What’s important to me is that you lose weight in a healthy way. No fad diets. No crazy restrictive diets. No diets that are not sustainable every single day of the coming year. Many people that I talk to about their frustrations with a lack of progress from one year to the next are almost always attempting to lose weight with a diet that is not sustainable day after day, year after year.
What will you do with these next days, weeks, and months? Whatever your answer, I hope giving up is not part of your answer. Diane