We are at the end of the year with 2015 looming around the corner. This made me think about what can be accomplished in a single year when it comes to weight loss.
Before I lost 150 pounds I would end each year feeling frustrated that I had not lost any weight that whole year. I would start the year at 300 pounds and end the year at 300 pounds. Or some years I would start at 275 and end at 285. The numbers varied but the result was the same. No loss. Some gain. But never a loss from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.
I know I’m not alone. Many people make resolutions to lose weight at the beginning of the year and feel frustrated when those resolutions didn’t happen. I know I did.
But as you can see from the above picture, it finally did happen for me. Between the Christmas on the left and the Christmas on the right I lost over 100 pounds. I had a few more pounds to lose and I did that by March of the following year.
So you see – even if you are sitting there reading this post thinking, “That’s me. I promised myself that I would lose weight way back in January and here it is December and I haven’t lost any weight,” it’s not too late. It’s never too late. And it’s never impossible.
A year from now you can be in a completely different place. Or, if you are in maintenance now, you can be in the same place as you are now.
A year is a long time and you can make a lot of progress toward reaching your weight loss goals.
One day at a time. One good decision after another. One more day of doing the things that you already know how to do.
What did I do?
1) I committed to eating smaller portions and just one serving at a time.
2) I exercised six or seven days a week.
3) I kept the fat in my diet to about 30 percent and you can read about that in my book.
Your plan will likely be different than mine and that’s okay. Like I’ve written about before, I will never be convinced there is just one way to lose weight. Today’s popular diet will be a thing of the past a few years from now. I promise.
What’s important to me is that you lose weight in a healthy way. No fad diets. No crazy restrictive diets. No diets that are not sustainable every single day of the coming year. Many people that I talk to about their frustrations with a lack of progress from one year to the next are almost always attempting to lose weight with a diet that is not sustainable day after day, year after year.
What will you do with these next days, weeks, and months? Whatever your answer, I hope giving up is not part of your answer. Diane