A couple of weeks ago, I said that my short-term goal was to lose 14 pounds, and that’s still my goal. I knew it would be a lofty goal to achieve over the holidays, but I’ve decided that the time line isn’t as important as I was making it. And after talking with Cal’s mom, Patti, last week I’ve decided to try something different.
It is common knowledge to many of you that Weight Watchers recommends losing half a pound to two pounds per week, but that doesn’t seem like much at all when losing 100 feels like it has barely made a dent. But the truth is that time flies, and two pounds a week added up over a year would bring me into the 100’s – something that seems completely foreign to me right now.
So while my immediate goal is to reach 279 – a magic number in my mind, I’m going to spend more time focusing on tiny goals like 2 pounds per weigh-in, and that will be enough. Patti, a successful, self-made real estate broker who owns a few different real estate offices and kicks butt at everything she does, lost 50 pounds by focusing on two pounds each week, and I know that would be less overwhelming for me too.
I’m hoping (and expecting, I think) to see a loss at my next weigh-in which will be the Thursday after Christmas. Two pounds would be awesome, but any loss over the holidays would be nice. (I say this as I’m about to indulge in a small piece of carrot cake that I made from scratch earlier this week.)
I swam laps again yesterday, and I really wish I owned an Olympic size pool. Of course, I’d be content just living close enough to swim regularly at the YMCA. Until then, I’ll keep using the elliptical and treadmill and weights at Anytime Fitness.
I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays. Hasta luego mis amigos. (I’m learning Spanish, remember?)