Summer’s here! Which means that fun in the sun is a daily way of life. Getting outside and getting active is easy, and it’s on my agenda for each and every day this summer. Being on summer vacation means I don’t have any of the workaday responsibilities that can get in the way of my plans. Now that I’ve had the VSG surgery, achieving my weight loss goals is only a matter of time, and this summer is going to be HOT. Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend, and will give me a positive goal to begin each new week. I’m not on a diet, I’m establishing a lifestyle – my new life. My Sunday progress updates will be called Sizzlin’ Summer Weigh-Ins.
Week 9 is in the books, and I’ve got to say, it was like a week of Wednesdays: not as bad as a Monday, but not as exciting as a Friday or Saturday. Just kinda meh. But all weeks can’t be birthday weeks + the 4th of July, right? It was just that nothing was particularly thrilling about the week, but it wasn’t a bad week, either. Just so so. Then again, it was a week that I was on vacation, got to decide what I wanted to do, and didn’t have a lot of responsibilities, so I really can’t complain.
I weighed in this morning at 243.4, which is a loss of 2.6 pounds this week, and a loss of 33.6 lbs since surgery!!! I’ve lost a total of 71.6 pounds from my highest weight. The loss this week is fine, but I know I could’ve done better. I didn’t really push myself in my workouts this week, and there were a couple of days that I didn’t get all my water and/or vitamins in. I didn’t have any missteps per se, but as I said before, it was just sort of a blah week.
But the week ahead is sure to be anything but blah. I’ve got some fun activities planned, including today’s walk with FaveCousin at Shoreline Lake Park. The park has a 5-mile loop, so I’ll definitely hit my 10,000 steps today, not to mention taking in the gorgeous views and catching up with FC. I have quite a few other fun things going on this week, but I’ll save those for future posts.
Even though I didn’t do anything to make this week more than ordinary, something pretty extraordinary happened – I’ve lost over 70 pounds. I’m really proud of myself! I feel so far from that frustrated woman who didn’t know how she could get herself out of the cycle of losing and gaining the same 3 pounds. The desperation and frustration I felt then was quelled only by my own determination. No matter how hard it was for me, I never lost hope, I never doubted my ability to get here. Here. In a quiet week where nothing significant was marked on the calendar. Here, where progress photos are showing major changes. Here, in the present where all that past perseverance paid off.
What I’m learning in this journey is that there will be weeks that are just ok when nothing particularly terrible happens, but nothing fantastic either. I guess weeks like this past one are sort of like resting weeks that help me appreciate the truly amazing weeks by comparison. Fair is fine sometimes, but if I want to achieve my goals, I have to do more to make them happen. I don’t want to get comfortable in complacency, because that’s not the type of life I want to lead. I know that once school begins, I may have more weeks that are just so-so, but it will be up to me to make them better. The way I approach this weight loss is the way I want to live the rest of my life – to the fullest whenever possible.
Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!