Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 2.28.41 PM

Starting Weight: 318.2 lbs.
Weight Last Week: 262.8 lbs.
Current Weight: 260.8 lbs.
Weekly Change: –2 lbs.
Total Weight Lost: 57.4 lbs.

Hello, friends!

This week was another fabulous one! Spring has been very good to me so far!

Last week, I wrote about my weekly goals, and I said that I was going to focus on drinking more water, eating more fruits and veggies, getting adequate sleep, and meditating for 10 minutes each morning.

I am very happy to say that I met all of those goals!

I ate a fruit or vegetable at every meal and snack, I drank between 12 and 24 oz. more water each day than I typically do, I was able to get lots of rest due to the fact that I’ve been on spring break, and I also worked in the mediation, too (though I did forget on several occasions and ended up doing it at odd times instead of just “in the morning”).

These were great things to focus my week on, and I definitely believe that working hard to meet these goals contributed to my 2 lb. loss this week!

I am now down a total of 57.4 lbs., which means that I’m just 2.6 lbs. away from a 60 lb. total loss. I’m also very close to breaking into the 250s, too, which I hope to do next week! My 20% target is right around the corner, as well (I’m now just 6.2 lbs. away!), and I truly can’t believe that I am so close to being 20% smaller than when I started this journey.

Amazing things can happen when you truly put your best foot forward!

I feel better, I’m making better choices, I’m being more active, and my mood, for the most part, is stellar, too.

What more could I possibly ask for?

I am so happy that I finally decided to take this journey. After being overweight and obese for my whole life — for more than two decades — it feels incredible to finally be doing this.

I used to think that I didn’t have it in me — that I was meant to be fat forever. I’m so glad that I’m proving myself wrong!

Today at my Weight Watchers meeting, there was a quote posted that really struck a chord with me.

If you were driving 100 miles and missed a turn at mile 98, would you start your trip all over again?

No. No, I would not.

Would you?

I’m guessing you, too, would not start the trip over — that you wouldn’t drive 98 miles in the wrong direction when, truly, all you needed to do was backtrack about a mile or so.

It would be an absolute waste of time to do anymore backtracking than necessary.

So why is a weight loss journey any different?

I was talking to a friend earlier today and found myself thinking and sort of realizing that I am such an all-or-nothing person. I don’t seem to find myself having “OK” days. Either my days are great, or they are very challenging. Either I feel like staying on target, or I feel like binging on pizzas and cheeseburgers and a gallon of ice cream. I don’t necessarily do these things or act on those feelings (I certainly don’t eat healthy all the time, but I also haven’t binged since September of 2014), but that doesn’t mean that I don’t still feel it — that those emotions aren’t there.

Throughout this journey, I’ve kind of lived and died by one quote — a quote that I use as my blog’s tagline and for just about everything else weight loss-related, too.

Every day is a new beginning, so treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been and look at what can be.

In some ways, I think this quote is perfect because I do tend to get hung up on what might have been.

However, I’m also beginning to look at this quote in a new light — one that makes me like it less and less.

Why is every day a new beginning? I just got finished saying that it’s an absolute waste of time to do anymore backtracking than necessary, so why start anew every single day? What I should be striving for, instead, is both growth and consistency. I want every day to be a good day — a day in which I carry over the positive habits and thinking from the days prior and then grow in new positive means from that point forward.

I don’t want to start over every single day.

I just want to keep going.

I reached a pretty big milestone this week — a NSV that I’m pretty proud of.

On Sunday night, I had real pizza. It wasn’t a healthier or “skinny” version like I normally get — it was genuine, honest-to-goodness, fast food delivery pizza.

Pizza is, without a doubt, my biggest weakness. It’s always been a go-to for binging. I love it, and I don’t always exercise great control with it.

However, this week I decided to give it a try.

It’s OK to eat pizza. It is. I just need to control my portions.

So that’s what I did.

I stockpiled my points on Sunday, and I ordered Pizza Hut’s Sweet Sriracha Dynamite (thin crust) pizza. It’s a new flavor, and it was delicious. It was also like eating legitimate fire, but, I digress.

I ate 3 pieces for a total of 20 points, and believe it or not, I actually went to sleep that night with 4P+ leftover for the day.

It was a proud moment for me. A really, really proud moment.

Last week, I really do think it helped to focus in on some goals, so I’m going to do it again this week.

Getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, and eating enough fruits and veggies is so important, so I’m going to continue working on that. I’m also going to work on something else, too: measuring. When I first started Weight Watchers, I measured everything out, no matter how tedious and time-consuming it was. As time went on, though, I started to just eyeball and guesstimate some things  — not everything, no, my measuring cups are still used daily — but things like coffee creamer and cheese and butter and salad dressing haven’t been properly measured in months.

It’s easy to lose track of those little things. Sometimes I probably accidentally add an extra point’s worth of creamer to my coffee or butter to my bread. Guesstimating is great in a pinch, and I don’t think I’m too far off, but the little things do add up over time, which is why I want to go back to basics this week.

This week, I’m measuring everything.

I wish you all a happy, wonderful week.

Eat well. Be well.



10 thoughts on “260.8

    1. Thank you so much, Harley!

      I cannot believe I’ve almost lost 60 lbs.! It’s so hard to wrap my head around that! Ha!

      But you’re absolutely right — it definitely IS the small changes that end up making a big difference! That’s what I’ve done all along: I have gradually changed my life by making small changes and commitments to myself.

      If I can do it, ANYONE can do it.

      Thanks for always supporting me, lady! ❤

      Liked by 2 people

  1. I like the idea of the continuous journey. I think you’re right that the mentality of, “Well, tomorrow is a new day,” is a damning one. Just the idea of NEEDING to start over because you “messed up” perpetuates the dieting mentality. I won’t spend the rest of my life dieting – I will spend the rest of my life living! I think this ties neatly in with my recent quest for balance.

    As always, you are totally awesome! I’m so proud of you 😉

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you, as always, for your support and encouragement! I’d probably go off the deep end without it! 😉

      But you’re right — constantly starting anew is 100% diet mentality. Weight Watchers tells you from the get-go what their program is about… It is a lifestyle, and we’ve both known that from the start. There really is no “messing up” … Everything is a choice, plain and simple. We don’t need to “start over” … We just need to keep living!

      Liked by 2 people

  2. Rachel, I’m greatly behind in emails. Forgive my late response. I looked for yours first.

    Just think, in the past that pizza defeated you.
    Today you won victory over that pizza. It did not control you, you controlled it.

    I need to focus more on healthy foods. Than you for the reminder.
    Your post was so encouraging and inspiring. Thank you


    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi, Deborah!

      I am so glad you dropped by to comment! It’d been awhile since I’d heard from you, so I was a bit worried about you! Usually you are not out of touch for so long. I’m glad you’re back! ❤

      Thank you for ALWAYS being proud of me—no matter what the results of my weeks are. That means so much to me!

      Sometimes it's hard to remember to push the "healthy" foods. A big part of this process definitely entails portion control and moderation, but even then it's not beneficial to eat less healthy food all the time. I'm working on this, and, so far, I think I'm doing well.

      I missed you, Deborah! Thanks again for stopping by! 😀

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s