There was a discussion on one of my WW message boards about the statistics of weight loss and maintenance. I tend to gauge success as being those who lose at least 10% of their body weight and have keep it off for at least five years. It was NINE years ago this month that I joined WW. I can’t even believe it has been that long.
Since it is the start of a new year, I was looking at my weight record to see what my “official” WW weight was in January of 2015. I wanted to compare it to what my “official” WW weight at my meeting this week. In January of 2015 my weight was 196.6. My weight on Monday was 227 pounds.
I lost at total of 130 pounds and I have kept off 77.8 pounds. Since my starting weight was 304.8 pounds, 10% of my body weight is 31 pounds. Regardless of re-gain and the ups and downs of maintenance, I am still a glowing success statistic. Sometimes we just need a new perspective on how we are doing.
The sobering fact is that I have gained 30.4 pounds in just one year. *gulp*
This is something I need to work better on combating. I have started to make small changes this week and am happy with these changes. I am reminding myself daily that it isn’t about being perfect but it is about being consistent. Just like you can’t swallow an elephant whole, if I break down this 30 pound gain over 12 months it is an average gain of 2.5 pounds per month. With that being in the forefront of my mind if I can work to focus on a loss of as much as 2-3 pounds in one month then maybe this will feel less overwhelming and more manageable.
Perhaps I can stick with this longer than the first sugar craving to hits?
Nine years has been quite a journey. As with any journey there are highs and lows. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it hasn’t been for WW and all the support I have received through the years. I might currently be unhappy with the new program tweaks, but WW will always be where my home is.