Week sevenI could be really bummed out right now. If I let myself, I could sit here boo-hooing about the number that popped up on the scale this morning. But I’m not allowing myself to do that. Why should I? I weighed in at 290 pounds today. That put me up a full pound over this time last week. I’m supposed to be losing weight, not gaining it, so clearly I headed in the wrong direction over the past seven days. Discouraging? Yes. Crushing? No. I want to lose weight. A lot of it. I’m in a hurry to do it, too. I want those photos I pose for each week to show obvious decreases in girth and increases in definition. I don’t want to look the same. I’m after dramatic results, the quicker the better. Maybe that’s not the best way to approach this, though. I know that my doctors want me to lose two pounds a week. That seems painfully slow to me until I do the math. If I average two a week over the course of a year, that’s a decrease of 104 pounds. Talk about dramatic. If I succeed at that, I will have lost the equivalent of a Hollywood actress. Did I lose my two pounds this week? Nope. I’m not happy about that. At the same time, though, I know I didn’t work hard enough this week. I didn’t make it to the gym often enough. I ate too much and consumed some of the wrong foods. Three consecutive nights, I got up and ate 400 calories or more after going to bed. I knew there would be consequences from all of that behavior. I did it anyway. I accept what happened. In a strange way, I’m almost gratified by it. I did wrong. I paid the price. It’s fair. If I’d hopped on the scale this morning and found that I’d lost three pounds, I’d probably continue to make bad decisions. It wouldn’t have been a wake-up call. Now I know I need to work out more often. I need to make better food choices. I need to skip those late night snacks or find better snack alternatives. I’m not giving up. I’m not going to hate on myself, either. I’ll try to do better this week.
Staff Writer Ken Raymond began a yearlong weight loss and fitness journey on April 1. Here are his stats: Age: 41 Height: About 6 feet 1 inch Beginning weight: 307 pounds Current weight: 290 pounds