I've only been here for a little over a month now. And the first month I lost 16 lbs counting calories and hitting the gym. I should be really excited and motivated... most days I am. But today I just feel frustrated. I haven't lost any weight this week, for the first time since I started.
And I keep looking at my weight loss ticker on my profile, how it says "15 lbs lost, 49 lbs to go." Some days I feel proud of that 15, but tonight I keep looking at that 49 and wanna cry. How could I have let myself put on that much extra weight? How will I ever be able to lose it? Maybe tomorrow will be better.
Mama said there'll be days like this.
You are 15 pounds lighter than you were a month ago. That is the result of work. Hard work. Why stop now? This weight loss thing is an extremely mental endeavor, and it's not an easy one. Focus on the good. :)
My husband and I are going to count calories for the rest of our lives because we must. Discouragement is really irrelevant because if you are in this for the long haul, you will be controlling your calories regardless of what the scale says. It WILL eventually come off. We've already hit several plateaus each and even though it was discouraging, we just kept on our eating plan.
Sometimes I'm SO impatient to see more progress or faster progress. So I understand how you feel. Everybody who's ever been on a diet understands how you feel. Just don't give up. We let our bodies go for a long time and the body only moves "so fast." It took awhile for the weight to creep up and it will take awhile for it to go back down. The BLESSING is that we've realized our need to keep track of how much we're eating and THIS alone will solve the problem if we stay within our calorie limit.
15 pounds in a month is great! You really should be proud of that and focus on ho far you've come, not how far you have to go. It's always fun to see that little ticker move so maybe you should set mini goals for yourself and reset your ticker every 5-10 pounds instead of the full amount of weight you want to lose in the long haul.
Also, if you're weighing yourself every day, try to only do it once a week. Even if your weight is the same two weeks in a row, I find it's easier to put that one morning on the scale out of my mind and just keep trying to eat healthier and get my exercise in every day. The number on the scale isn't as important as how you're feeling about yourself and if that number makes you feel worse, you have to ignore it.
If you're at small a plateau in weight right now, try waiting two weeks before weighing yourself again. You just have to keep at it. It's hard work, but it's worth it to be healthy. You can do it!
wow, I honestly can't imagine how you could be discouraged with 15 lbs of weight loss. I would be ecstatic! I guess you just have to chose to see it that way because it will help you battle your weight in the long run.
Thanks everyone. Yeah most days I'm really proud, but the last couple days it's been hard. Partially because of needing to lose so much more, partially because the weight hasn't dropped this week, and mostly because I feel bloated or something. Maybe it's just water, I hope so.
Thank you for all of the advice and support. Some days you just need someone to tell you you're on the right track :)
Not every week is a good week and you are going to have to get used to the disappointment of that. I go through that too. You just have to keep going and tell yourself next week will be better.
Also, something I used to do to cheer myself up was load my arms with how many lbs I lost in butter. Then imagine how all that used to be on my body!!!
My dad would say "How many pounds of butter have you lost now?" :)
Oh my gosh that's so funny haha. I don't think I have that much butter in the house!! That is a good way to look at it though. To think about how much I used to have to carry around. Hopefully soon I'll shed some more of this pesty butter haha
15lbs is a LOT!!!! Next time you're at the grocery store, pick up 3 5lbs bags of flour and carry em from one end of the store to the other.....trust me
Not to be a party pooper, but 15 lbs in a month sounds like too much, thats more then the recommended 0.5-2 pounds a week.
Please double check that you are getting enough calories. If you have a deficit higher than 1000 calories, you'll likely stall your weight loss and hit a plateau sooner then later.