Jay is guest blogging for me today! I forgot to post it last night with all the fun of the 12 days of Christmas (Check out our Facebook page here to see what's been going on). This one is near to my heart because, well he's my hubby, and I have been with him every step of this journey. I also know this month has been tough for us with me being sick...I can't say how proud I am of him. That despite the stress this months has cause, he has stayed the course and kept doing good for himself. I'm so proud you Jay, I can never say that enough. So here is a continuation of Jay's story. You can read the first part here is you haven't already.
The Hardest Pound Lost
Its been a long few months. I've just finishing fighting my way through the hardest pound I've ever had to lose. It wasn't the first pound, and I think it's harder than the last pound I will ever have to lose. Today I crossed the border from 274 lbs to 273 lbs.
Why was this pound the hardest I've ever had to lose? That's because it brought along 30 of its previously dispatched friends. The hardest pound I've ever had to lose was hidden under the 30 I put on top of it.
Losing weight is a fair fight for the most part. You eat a deficit of calories, and you lose weight. You take your weight loss ounce for ounce, pound for pound. Sometimes it has ups and downs, no two days are quite the same. But its a fair fight, you against your next lowest. But sometimes we stumble. You stumble for a day or two, and you land back in your routine, and the fight stays pretty fair. Sometimes you stumble for months, like I did. You get back on, you go down, but then you stumble again and go back up. And each time you start up, you're stuck thinking "I've already done this. If I'd just kept it up, I'd be so much farther ahead".
Mentally, a single pound getting stuck between you and your next goal isn't likely to be what breaks you. You break when you least expect it. A day where your food wasn't perfect and you went off the rails. A vacation that you're sure you will get back on plan afterwards. It wasn't your current weight that broke you, but then you try to get back on board and you find that fair fight is gone. You're now outnumbered, one person against a bunch of enemies you thought you'd never see again. My biggest slip was saying "I've already gotta lose that 10 lbs again, whats the danger in taking a bit more of a break."
For the first time since January of this year, I'm making progress again. And I hope this can be a helpful learning experience for some. Letting those pounds gang up on you can make your fight that much harder. We all slip, we all stumble. But the faster you catch yourself, the sooner you can get to that rematch!
Sometimes I don't even recognize the man on the right anymore...he has changed his health so much in the past 2 years and looks good doing it ;)