Today was weigh-in day and it did not go as badly as I thought it would. Because of the lack of planning I faced at the end of week two and start of week three, I really expected to gain back all four pounds I had lost in week 1 plus a few more pounds. Instead, I gained back three of the four I lost, bringing me to a grand total of losing 1 pound in three weeks. Of course, I do not like this number at all, but I made up my mind before I weighed in that whatever the results were I was going to accept and move on. So that is what I am doing, I am looking at weeks 2 and 3 as a stumble in what will be a much larger journey and am looking to week 4 to get back in gear.
I know that some people would see that three-pound gain so early in this journey and say that this new WOE is not working or that it shows they cannot stick to it. I know this because I used to be that person. If I saw even a one pound gain on the scale I would get discouraged and it would eventually result in my giving up. I am the type of person who tries to do things perfectly even though I know that is an impossible standard to meet and if I see that things are going wrong, I tend to give up. I have done this on countless diets, projects, and even with my schoolwork (finishing up with my degree this year!). Because I am aware that I do this, I am finding ways to overcome it and one way I am doing that is to look at the larger picture. If I looked at my weight gain this week as only a weight gain, it would become very discouraging; instead, I am choosing to see that while I did gain a few pounds back I also gained an understanding of the importance of planning my meals. I may have stumbled with the numbers of it all, but I am learning important information that will help me succeed in the long run. That is more important than those three pounds so this time around I am not giving up.
This week I will be putting a lot more focus on eating the right foods, staying hydrated, and getting plenty of exercise. I am also going to plan my week’s meals and a list of healthy snacks to post on my refrigerator door so that I am prepared for the week.