Well, my friends, here we are: Week 7. If you had asked me how I was doing with the weight loss before last week, I would have said that I thought it was going pretty good. I was staying within my calorie limit and working out **most** days, and I was feeling pretty positive. And then came this comment on last week’s edition of this column:
Colour me insensitive but if you stop drinking, have a nutritionist, personal trainer and work out, you should lose more than 4.9 lbs in 6 weeks.
Now, I will admit that my initial internal response to this comment was “FUCK YOU! YOU DON’T KNOW ME, DEEBIRD!” But part of opening this journey up to the internet is that you also open yourself up to judgment. And while the term “judgment” is generally perceived as negative, my mindset is that it’s actually all about how you use it.
So after I calmed down and ate a mini-Twix. (What can I say? I’m an emotional eater.) I figured that I had two options here. I could make excuses, some of which are legitimate (I’ve been traveling a ton, which makes it difficult; I’ve already lost a bunch of weight, so the loss increments now are much smaller; I’ve lost inches, which is more important than pounds) and some of which are not (it’s Easter’s fault I ate all that chocolate; Karen’s feelings will be hurt if I don’t eat those cookies she brought in). Or I could woman-up and admit that my commenter nemesis friend DeeBird is right – that I’m not doing as well I could/should be.
I must admit, the response I posted to the comment pretty much straddled the line of both options:
I’ve actually lost over 80 pounds total, so the numbers have gotten smaller as there has become less weight to lose, and I have definitely been gaining muscle. But I also have not been as strict with low-carb lately, and I have to tighten up on that.
Now that I’ve had a few days to think about it, the truth of the matter strays more toward the latter then the former. I should be eating less carbs and more protein. I should be working out harder and longer. I should stop making excuses and start making smarter choices. I should be doing better.
So as much as I hate to admit it, DeeBird was right. Not that this gives everyone free reign to start pushing their diet-and-exercise plans on me or anyone else – I still stand by my thoughts last week on keeping your advice to yourself. But sometimes we all need a hard truth dropped on us, and mine happened to come from a stranger on the internet. So thanks, DeeBird; this -0.9 is for you. .
Starting weight to Lose: 30 pounds
Week 1 Results: – 1.1 pounds
Week 2 Results: – 2.1 pounds
Week 3 Results: +0.4 pounds
Week 4 Results: – 0.2 pounds
Week 5 Results: – 0.2 pounds
Week 6 Results: – 0.1 pounds
Week 7 Results: -0.9 pounds
Remaining weight to lose: 25.8 pounds
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