A funny thing has happened in the two weeks since I hit the 100-pound-loss mark in my optimal health journey.
I haven’t lost anymore weight.
OK, that’s not really funny. Dumb expression. It’s more of “an annoying thing” that has happened. Unfortunately, it’s also not surprising if you look back on my history. I have a tendency to let off of the gas pedal once I reach a milestone.
That scenario played out in 2009 after I dipped below 200 pounds for the first time as an adult. (I’m now 45 to give you an idea of how long I’ve been adulting.) My wife was in St. George when I reached the 198.something mark, so, of course, I sent her a photo of my tootsies on the scale with that number. I was extremely proud and excited, as I should have been.
My stay in the 190s lasted, oh, maybe two weeks.
I had been so focused on getting under 200 that I forgot to focus on staying under 200. Before I knew it, I had gained 175 pounds and found myself in the predicament I was in this past March when I wrote my hitting-rock-bottom blog about being the fat guy on the airplane.
Before I proceed, I need to repeat something I’ve stated many times in these blogs: I love my health program! A lot. I love that it has great weight loss tools, a smart transition plan for after you hit goal and a healthy and sustainable optimal health lifestyle to keep you on a great path the rest of your life. It’s not just about getting the pounds off. It’s about gaining health along with losing excess blubber.
That said, I kind of treated hitting the 100-pound mark like I did when I dipped below 200 way back when. I eased up. I stopped doing the things that helped me regain some much-needed mobility and dignity over the previous six months. Now I didn’t go out and hit the all-you-can-eat buffets or anything like that, but I’ve definitely become more lackadaisical about sticking to the medically and scientifically supported guidelines of my health program.
I’m not drinking as much water (something, honestly, that’s been a bit of a struggle for me the past couple of months).
I’m not measuring my food.
I’m allowing myself to nibble on this or that thinking that I’m above following the guidelines because, if you hadn’t heard, I LOST 100 POUNDS THE PAST SIX MONTHS!
I’m not losing weight! (I lost 0.5 pounds last week and remained the same this week, marking the first time since the beginning of March that I didn’t lose weight.)
I skipped a week of blogging. (Apologies if you plan your life around my weekly weigh-in update.)
This past week, I even ate — and don’t tell my health coaches — some pumpkin pie and apple pie, a few pieces of chocolate, mashed potatoes and gravy, carb-heavy stuffing, part of a Texas Roadhouse roll and a serving of a CupBop Korean rice dish (which was amazing but had way more carbohydrates than I’ve been eating on my lower-carb program).
That sounds like I really pigged out when you put it into one sentence. I didn’t. However, I’m not to the point where I want to be health-wise, so it’s not very smart of me to stray from the plan that got me to this point.
Thank you for playing the part of my diet priest. My confessional is now over. Let the repentance process begin!
If nothing else, this past week has proven to me how susceptible I am to old habits if I don’t follow my program, which, honestly, is a very simple and straightforward eating plan. It’s also incredibly effective, as you might’ve noticed since I won’t stop bragging or posting pictures about my 100-pound weight loss.
Know what’s even better than a 100-pound weight loss?
Yep. A 200-pound weight loss.
Which reminds me of one of my favorite quotes: “If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.”
I’m pretty tired of always getting what I always got: more fat.
I love what I’ve gotten the past six months: better health.
Now to start working on the next 100 pounds …
- Starting weight (March 6): 373.7 pounds
- Last week’s weight (Sept. 16): 273.1
- This week’s weight (Sept. 23): 273.1
- This week’s loss: 0.0 pounds
- Total loss: 100.6 pounds