Wow .. so I went in to JC today with ZERO expectations. If you've been following me, you know that I lost 16lbs week 1 but I was very sick and of course the assumption was that some of that would come back once I started taking in fluids again etc. So today, I told myself that if I'd gained, it was OK, because I'd still be in the negative which is goodness.
Well you know what? I set too low of an expectation and ended up losing another 1.2 lbs this week, so not only did I maintain the loss, I did a bit more..AND Aunt Flow even came to visit - good grief, doesn't she show up at the VERY WORST of times. So total I'm down 17.2 lbs and I'm jumping for joy. But I'm always scared that I haven't .. I gotta get over that.
There's no doubt that having a larger weight loss in that first week is very motivational, but I think when you have as much weight to lose as I do that it can just seem overwhelming to begin with, hard to get started and hard to think in terms of a pound at at time, but really it's not a pound at a time it's a meal or snack at a time because it's what we put in our mouths that decides whether we net a loss or a gain! Truly it's that simple.
Keeping perspective is key - I didn't put it on overnight and I'm not going to take it off overnight - although I'm like everyone else, I want instant gratification and that isn't going to change. I'm sure I'll have my weeks that I'll regret, but for now, I'm grateful for whatever I'm doing right.
This week I'm going to start using "my fitness pal!" My friend Julie, who is doing JC with me (also down 6+ lbs -woo hoo julie) swears by it. She LOVES it and says it really helps keep the day's calories in perspective. Check it out.
...Onward to week 3.