Losing It: Week 4

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Some days, I think I should give up.

There are a lot of people who are perfectly fine with being overweight. Those ladies in bikinis with fat rolls hanging over the top, for instance. I can’t even remember the last time I had the courage to put on a bathing suit and wear it in public.

But I cannot let myself give in and just keep gaining more and more weight. Even if eating well and exercising means maintaining, I have to do it. For Libbie. For me. For my heart and my health.

I’ve always felt like I had to starve myself to lose even a pound. My body clings to the fat like gum to hair.

I think I might wait a month, or til the end of the 10 weeks to weigh myself again. I just can’t deal with it and I need to focus more on drinking water, eating the right things in appropriate quantities, and exercising.

I am so glad there are people truly running with it and losing because of this contest! I wish I were one of them. Life circumstances the last few weeks have kept me completely off-focus. But there’s nothing stopping me from continuing to take little steps toward the finish line.

I may never be 135 pounds. But I can be healthier tomorrow than I am today.

How did you do this week? Link up your post at Giving Up on Perfect, and don’t forget to visit Ashleigh at Heart and Home, too! If you have no clue what I’m talking about, read about the Losing It competition here.

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17 thoughts on “Losing It: Week 4

  1. Don't stress.. being obedient in the little things is what counts. You are doing a great job and focusing on the right things. Scale or no, Weight update or not.. getting healthy is the key for all of us. I'm done with being overweight too! And it's about time.. Love ya girl!

  2. I completely ignore the scale. Determine how you are doing by what can do today that you couldn't do yesterday, walk a little farther, climb easier. Also how do your clothes fit?

  3. Don't give up! It's just a number, and out body weight can fluctuate 2-3 pounds in a days time depending on different factors. =) Just focus on making the little changes, and weigh yourself once a week at the most! (heck, once a month is even better!)
    you can do it! Just start small and don't expect major change in such a short amount of time! (I am the worst with that… I get so discouraged if the scale doesn't change… but this time I made myself stick with it, and now I am starting to see the changes!)

  4. Jessie, you are inspiring me to get healthy! I'm pregnant and have started taking a walk with my sister and all 9 of our kids (all under 9) everyday. Even if it's only a half an hour (and with all those kids and 2 strollers you can imagine how far we get), it's something. Had it not been for your posts, I wouldn't have bothered to even start. It's all about being healthy, and not at all about losing weight. You're doing great!! Hanson would be proud 🙂 lol

  5. So true Jessie!!! And forget my griping, that's definitely the right attitude!! (But isn't really gross how some people wear things that say "I obviously don't care" … yuck!!)

  6. Keep at it! Ignoring the scale is totally fine. Go by how you feel and how your clothes fit. Keep going, even if you have an off week or two. You'll start to see improvements soon, and start to feel great!

  7. I'm with you. I'm wondering if I should have begun this contest right before J left. I'm also thinking of packing away my scale till the end of the contest. If the number is down, I have a great day and think I can eat more. If it's up (or the same) I starve myself again and feel depressed. Ugh.

  8. "I may never be 135 pounds. But I can be healthier tomorrow than I am today."

    This really inspired me today, Jessie. Thank you.

  9. I think that's what's helping me actually work on losing it this time. I'm more worried about getting healthy than being 135 lbs. I can't even remember 135 pounds. Was that middle school.

    You can do this. Been praying for you and will continue to do so.

  10. I hear you there. The first week it was 5 lbs then the scale has been taunting me. It becomes an obsession with the scale. You are right though, focusing on the healthier habits and ignoring the scale for a while might be what is best. We ALL can do this. For ourselves

  11. You're right—it is more about health. Les and I (in our advanced years) were just talking about how we can feel our bodies getting old. And if we are going to do fun stuff w/our kids when they are teenagers we MUST be in shape.


    Easier said than done.

    Chin up, girlfriend! You can do it!

  12. I feel you, Jessie! I've thought that, too – why can't I just give up and be happy how I am? Well, there's that pesky little HEALTH factor to start with!

    Of course we all want to be thin and "hot," but being healthy is so much more important. I think if we focus on making healthy choices – to be healthy, not thin – we might be more successful. Let's give it a try this week!

    (However, feel free to tell me to shut it, if I'm only projecting my own "stuff" onto you! And I certainly hope this week is free of the stress and difficult circumstances your past few weeks have had!)

  13. I have to ignore the scale. I turned 36 this year and losing the weight is just not as easy as it used to be. It's harder for me to stay accountable to watching what I eat as well. I have got to get my head into it so to speak and find my determination. Good luck to you in your endeavors as well.

  14. Jess, you have a golden opportunity to keep both you and Libbie healthy and you are making strong strides. It really is the little things that count, and it doesn't always have to be about denying yourself the pleasures of food — park the car farther away, for example. You'll burn off some calories by pushing the stroller a little farther. Clean the closets more often — reaching over your head is great for your heart and burns calories.

    Put Grandma in God's hands where she wants to be and take care of yourself and your family. xoxo

  15. Thank you for your statement that you may never be 135 pounds but healthier tommorow than today. That sums up how I have been feeling lately. I have lost a good amount of weight, (10%) but now the scale is stuck. That statement actually gives me hope and makes my goals seem more manageable and acheivable. THanks you so much!

  16. I'm with the thinking of staying away from the scale. It will cause unnecessary stress and will dampen your spirits. Take it one day at a time, one week at a time. I know how hard it can be (I fluctuated 40 lbs for 7 years, and only in the past year have I been able to keep it off…a first. ever.) but stay the course, keep positive like focusing on health and the benefits of being healthy. It may take you longer but that's TOTALLY FINE!! You're doing fantastic.

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