Tuesday, March 12, 2013

It's a marathon, not a sprint.

I have to keep reminding myself that this weight loss thing is going to take time. My weight has been going down verrrrry slowly, despite sticking to Weight Watchers, oh, 90% of the time. I can count on one hand the number of times I have had an "off" day since I restarted on January 7th.

So here's the numbers:

January 7: 260.4
March 12: 245.8

So that's 14.6 pounds in a little over two months. That's about 1.6 pounds a week, which is right on track with healthy weight loss of 0.5 to 2 pounds a week.

I want it to be more. I want the weight to fall off as easily as I put it on (lol yeah right), and I want people to notice that I've lost weight and tell me I look good.

But that's not what's happening.

I'm experiencing what is known as "the paper towel effect" when it comes to weight loss.

When you use a paper towel from the roll, you don't notice a difference barely if at all. But, over time, you inevitably finish the roll and get down to the tube. So all of those one- and two-sheet paper towels that you are removing a day (or weeks, months, etc...) at a time are adding up.

I'm not going to quit what I'm doing.

I love the exercises I've started doing. Zumba is fun as hell, weight lifting makes me feel like a badass, and bellydancing is a blast. I feel sexy and I figure, hey, I have these hips and boobs, might as well use 'em.

Lastly, I'm going to leave you with this... I saw this the other day and it made me cry. Maybe it will inspire you too. If you have a few minutes and especially if you are feeling discouraged, give it a watch.


  1. Thanks for sharing; I needed that today.

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  3. I've seen that video before. Love it. And I love that he did it through yoga. I love yoga.

    It's great that you've found exercises that you enjoy!