It is so tempting when I think about “going on a diet” or starting a new program, that I will lose a MINIMUM of two pounds every week. I look toward the future and crunch the numbers and decide that I will have lost all the weight and reached my goal in approximately 6 or 7 months.
That’s what I want to happen. That’s never happened. My sister has lost 60 pounds over the course of two years without going on a diet – just being more conscious of her eating habits.
So, going into this, this time, my goal is lose an average of one pound per week. There will be weeks when I lose more, weeks when I lose, weeks when I don’t lose and weeks that I might just gain a bit. I’m keeping the expectations low, but not with a defeatist attitude, with a realistic attitude knowing that slow and steady is more likely to produce lasting results.
I’ve lost well above one pound so far this week and that feels fantastic. I’ll need that boost down the road I am sure.
My plan for weighing in was going to be on Mondays, but I think I will do my official weigh in on Wednesdays in the future.