I am now in the tenth week of my weight loss journey. I have lost twenty-five pounds and eighteen inches total so far. I am thrilled and excited each time I step on the scale and see that number going down, but there have been times when the numbers haven’t moved. The biggest thing to do when that has happened is to ask myself, ‘What else has changed?’.
The first thing I have noticed is my energy level. I used to basically be a couch potato. I would do my cleaning (sometimes) and then veg out in front of the T.V. and take a nap. I would then stay up until around two in the morning, wake up at 7 and start the process again. Now, my days look like this:
- Wake up at 6:30 a.m.
- Take boys to school
- Walk, clean and/or run errands, write, Bible study
- Pick up boys from school, homework, dinner
- In bed at 10:30 p.m.
Notice the differences in the two routines? I may watch about an hour of T.V. a day and maybe nap once a week. I am productive and actually getting out and walking. My energy is up and I feel great!
Next, are my clothes. I have gone from a 2X in tops to a L/XL. My bottoms have gone from a 20/22 to a size 16. I have already had to buy some new clothes.
Now onto the inches. My stomach is shrinking and my thunder thighs aren’t so thunder anymore! This is a HUGE win for me guys. I notice in my pictures that my face has slimmed down and isn’t as puffy and swollen too.
Lastly, is how my body is responding to motion and walking for exercise. I used to choose not to be active because I was embarrassed. It would be only a short time into a walk and I would begin to sweat…like really sweat. My hair would be wet and sweat would run down my face, neck, and back. I would become winded easily, and my lower back and feet would begin hurting. My pace was also pretty darn slow. Now I average walking about two miles. I no longer sweat or have backaches or foot pains. I walk at a fast pace and my lungs feel good. I actually have started to love my walks and look forward to them!!
These non-scale victories sometimes are even better than the number I see on the scale.
So what is the take away from this post? The number on the scale is just that, a number. Do not allow that to discourage you and make you doubt the journey you are on. Great things are happening if you just look for them!