Making Sacrifices to Lose Pounds
According to my progress chart, I lost 100 pounds in the first 6 months of my weight loss journey. I’m more than happy with these numbers. The numbers that make me unhappy are those that show me I’ve only lost 28 pounds in the last 6 months. And in the past 4, only about 10 pounds.
While it’s true it’s harder to lose weight as you weigh less, that’s not the issue here. My weight loss should have certainly slowed, but this pace is ridiculous. And there are plenty of reasons behind it.
Laziness. Complacency. It’s the interviews and the e-mails. It’s thinking that I’ve reached my goal when I’m not even close, especially considering my current pace. It’s receiving comments about how great I look and how I’ve changed my life, giving me a false sense of satisfaction and completion.
But I’m not done here. I’m just getting started.
This weekend I decided to make some sacrifices to start shedding the pounds again. Instead of letting loose for dinner Friday night (usually 1,500+ calories), I had 3 hard shell tacos (510 calories). On Saturday night my wife and I had baked chicken sprinkled with lemon pepper, peas, and a four-cheese rice blend (650 calories) instead of going out to Applebees, Outback or some other chain and consuming 2,000+ calories.
And lastly, instead of our usual Sunday morning calorie spike of steak, eggs, and a pancakes brunch (1,600 calories), I opted for a french dip with au jus and a small order of curly fries (900 calories). I also managed to make it to the gym for an intense workout over the weekend, something I used to do in the early days but haven’t attempted for the last several months.
My weigh-in on Wednesday marks the one year anniversary of my weight loss journey and I want to put up a huge loss. I’ll be happy with nothing but a loss of at least a few pounds. It’s been an amazing journey and I’m happy with what I’ve accomplished and the relationships I’ve made, but the time for celebration, complacency, and downright laziness is over.
I still have 22 pounds to lose — sacrifices will be made. This weekend I put in my time at the gym, ate less, and made better choices in the kitchen.
What sacrifices have you made lately?