Well, I weighed myself last Thursday (March 1st)
I've lost two measly pounds.
However, shockingly enough, I am not the least bit discouraged. Actually, to be perfectly honest, I'm energized, encouraged, and really pleased with the results of my efforts this past month.
Wanna know why?
Well, for the first time ever, on February 3, in addition to weighing myself, I measured myself. I measured my hips, my waist, my upper thigh (just one), my bicep, and my neck.
Guess what? As of March 1st, I had lost three-quarters of an inch around my hips, one inch around my upper thigh, one inch around my neck, and three giant inches around my waist.
Even more importantly (in my opinion), it appears that I'm learning some new habits, or at least getting rid of some old ones. See, for about three and a half years now, I've had a really hard time with evening snacking. I know it's a bad idea, health-wise, but knowing and doing are two different things, you know?
Well, a few nights ago, as I was in the kitchen getting a pen and paper around 9:00 p.m., I realized that I had no desire to just "take a glance" through the cupboards or fridge, looking for something on which to snack. The thought of food hadn't even entered my mind the whole time I was there, in the very place where we keep all the food. I also realized that it had been weeks since I had felt the overwhelming desire/urge to wander into the kitchen for an evening snack. I don't mind telling you, that was big. There have been days as recently as six weeks ago where I have white-knuckled my way through an evening, trying (sometimes in vain, sometimes with success) to keep out of that kitchen and keep that food out of my mouth. So, having it not even cross my mind? That's reassuring, and a testimony to me that what I'm doing is working--at least for today.
Now, if I can just get my afternoon snacking a little more under control . . .
Note: I'm hoping to write some of my progress/setbacks on this front here from time to time. Today I was fortunate to have good news to share. To be totally honest, I'm not sure what I will do if/when the day comes that I have not-so-good/discouraging/bad news. I might not feel comfortable sharing that with the world, you know? I might want to keep that a little more private, so I guess we'll see what happens. I realize (and it concerns me at bit) that if I only share the happy things along the way, it paints a skewed picture of my experience, and could easily result in frustration for anyone who is reading this while working towards some of the same goals I am. So, I'm not sure what I'm going to do about that. It's a balancing act, you know? My desire for privacy on some of my more sensitive issues versus my desire to paint an accurate and non-misleading picture of the experience. At this point, I don't know which one will win out. I guess time will tell.
Of course, let's not get ahead of ourselves Charlotte, shall we? This is just a quirky little blog, among millions of other blogs and websites out there. It's not like I'm creating world peace over here.
sad face image courtesy of danielbridgeport
happy face image courtesy of Mathias Sjoberg
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