Starting Weight: 318.2 lbs.
Weight Last Week: 270.6 lbs.
Current Weight: 271.2 lbs.
Weekly Change: +0.6 lbs.
Total Weight Lost: 47 lbs.
Good afternoon, friends!
As you can see, I experienced a small gain this week, and I’m not going to lie to you… I feel somewhat discouraged. I realize that a 0.6 lb. gain is not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things, but, nevertheless, these past few weeks have been very disappointing.
I haven’t veered off track with my eating whatsoever. I’ve stayed within my limits and done exactly what I was supposed to do. I think that that’s why I’m so disappointed and somewhat discouraged, to be honest. If I was eating crappy food or overeating, it’d be easier to accept these minuscule losses and this tiny gain, but, for all intents and purposes, I’ve done exceptionally well, yet that’s just not being reflected on the scale!
Since starting the 1,000 Extra Steps Challenge back on January 12th, I’ve actually stalled a bit in my weight loss journey. I’ve lost a total of 5.4 lbs. over the course of the step challenge. That is very disappointing. I actually lost more weight (a total of 8.6 lbs.) between Thanksgiving and Christmas when I ate holiday food and did absolutely no exercising!
I sat on my butt and ate more food than normal, yet I managed to lose more weight then when I went out and constantly made an effort to move and be more active and eat on target.
I don’t understand it, but it is what it is.
So, yes, I’m disappointed, but I’ll get over it and I’ll continue on. I’m still determined to get to the finish line, and the time that it takes me to do that is irrelevant.
Fake it ’til ya make it, right?!
Here are the facts:
I’ve missed both my 15% target and my big 50 lb. loss again this week, and I’m still stuck in the 270s.
But it’s OK!
I’m going to get there! I’m not sure when, but I definitely will!
The first leg of the 1,000 Extra Steps Challenge ended yesterday, February 12th, 2015, and I did very, very well! My goal was to take a minimum of 5,000 steps per day, and I managed to meet or exceed that goal every single day but two: January 16th and February 8th.
I managed to take a total of 203,573 steps throughout the course of the challenge, which equals out to about 96.4 miles, and I’m very proud of this accomplishment! I feel good about what I managed to do here–disappointing weight loss aside. 😉
I had a pretty lackluster day on Sunday, February 8th, 2015, but there were far more pressing issues at hand then my fitness endeavors. I had an absolute (stress-induced) meltdown that day, and walking was definitely pushed to the back burner. Thankfully, though, I managed to make up for it in the days that followed!
What about the rest of you? How did the challenge end up working for you? Did you surprise yourself? Was it exciting, frustrating, a little all over the place?
Bobby was kind enough to share his total step count and total weight loss with me, but he’s the only one I’ve heard from thus far! If possible, I’d like to hear totals from the rest of you, too, and then I can add all of our steps and weight loss totals together and we can see what we accomplished as a group!
I have high hopes!
Don’t forget, if you’re interested in walking with me for another month, the second leg of the challenge starts up this Monday, February 16th, 2015, and we will be walking until Monday, March 16th, 2015.
I had originally planned to adjust my goal upwards to 6.5K a day, but I’ve decided that that’s probably too small of an adjustment, so I’m just going to take the leap and increase my daily step goal to 7K per day. I’m hoping that that’ll be doable!
So, if you participated in this first leg of the challenge, I want to say a huge congratulations to you for finishing, and I’d also like to say a big thank you, as well! The reason that my activity has increased so drastically is because of you guys! It means the world to me that some of you chose to literally walk this leg of my journey with me. I am so thankful for you and to you! ❤
If possible, please get me your total step count and your total weight loss over the duration of the challenge sometime this weekend so that I can tally our counts as one big group.
I hope that many of you will consider walking with me again! If you have a Fitbit, visit me here and we can encourage each other and challenge each other to get those steps in!
As a sidenote, too, I’d like to sincerely apologize for the fact that I have not been diligently reading and commenting on all of your blogs for the past couple of weeks. I’m under a lot of stress right now, and things aren’t going so great for me time management-wise. I missed a semi-important deadline over the weekend, and my university courses are very, very challenging this semester. I’m having some trouble finding balance right now, and although I’m still updating my own blog, I’ve let my reading and conversations with you guys fall to the wayside a bit, and I feel badly about that.
Please know that I’m going to make every effort to get back with you guys this week. I promise to catch up on my reading and just catch up with all of you in general! I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to!
I hope you all have a wonderful week.
Eat well. Be well.