The Turtle Life

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Well, it’s been 3 months since I started my Slow and Steady attempt with weight loss and true to its name, my loss has indeed been slow and steady.  I started out at 190 pounds on July 13th, and now currently weigh 182.0.

Le sigh.

That’s 8 pounds lost in 3 months. That averages out to 2.66 pounds per month or a little over half a pound per week.

I have mixed feelings about this. I mean on one hand, I’m really proud of myself for sticking to it and losing 8 pounds. And really half a pound a week is respectable, right? But then on the other hand…it feels like it’s going so  s   l    o   w  .  I keep playing games in my head and I think  “if I exercise every day then I’ll lose weight even faster!” or “if I only eat abc, then I’ll start dropping pounds fast!, or even “if I go back on the diet pills I could be at my goal weight by Christmas!”  That last one is so very tempting because all it would take is one phone call to my doctor and I’d be in like Flynn.

But then I remember that, no, I like it this way. This is working, so I need to just keep at it. Losing weight this way is like waiting for homemade ice cream. You keep churning and churning until it’s thick and creamy and ready to eat. Unless you have an electric ice cream maker, in which case you turn it on and go watch tv or something and come back an hour later and voila! Homemade ice cream!  Okay, maybe that’s not the best example…and now I want ice cream. Dammit.

What was I talking about?

Oh yeah…weight loss at a snail’s pace. Anyway, I guess the newness has worn off so I feel like there’s not a lot of exciting stuff to tell. I’m just chugging along every day, trying not to eat too much, but enough to keep me happy and satisfied. That’s a pretty good balance, right?

Have a good weekend!

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9 thoughts on “The Turtle Life

  1. Slow and steady is the way to go, because 1- it becomes a lifestyle (your body is simply a reflection of how you live) and 2 – it’s healthier overall. OH and 3? You’re LIVING, and losing weight is just a footnote, as it should be.

    The only danger is in thinking it’s not working, and nothing will ever work, and I must do something drastic! Which is, unfortunately, something I fall into all too frequently. Oh, not doing anything drastic, I know better… but being scared and worried I’m not doing it right. Which is kinda how you feel when you consume too much caffeine and suddenly think the wrong things have more importance than they really do.

    You’re totally on the right track.

  2. I think you’re doing it the right way. Besides, imagine the feeling of triumph and success when YOU cross that finish-line, knowing that you’ve done it the best way for you.

    When my pace is slow I try to think what my development would be had I NOT done those things I did the last week. If you hadn’t been eating healthy etc you might have gained half a pound each week, rather than losing one. You’re doing it right, just keep going 🙂

  3. jen b

    I have all these types of thoughts as well. The internet, magazines, books, etc. don’t help either, as they have an ‘abc’ plan for you! You’re doing it right, b/c this is LIFE! =) Enjoy it!

  4. Sounds like you are making some pretty healthy choices, and the losses are a reflection of that. It is easy to get discouraged and hard to stay committed. You just have to keep reminding yourself why you are doing what you are doing.

  5. WHERE did you get that picture of the snail on top of the turtle? That is too funny! Hey, you’ve lost a gazillion more pounds than this turtle has in the same amount of time. Its all in your perspective. Plus, you’re not writing about how you’re going crazy, or insanely hungry, or injured because you’re doing the wrong/too much exercise. I think you’re kind of enjoying your life, right?

  6. Hanna

    When my body hears I`m on abc diet which ensures to loose weight very quickly, I gain weight! The way you do – is the best also for me. Lifestyle, not being on a diet and then eating as much as I can and jojo guarenteed. Trying not to binge, not to overeat, trying to deal with emotions, working out and just living healthy, happy and finally slim life! Go on turtles!

  7. The slow and steady plan is about as exciting as watching grass grow but but it’s the results that matter. We may not be able to see it happening but eventually the grass is overgrown and needs to be mowed.

    Over the past couple of years I’ve been so tempted to speed things up and do something drastic because I want the weight off NOW but I’ve been down that road too many times and know it is the wrong path for me and I just end up regaining any weight that came off quickly.

    Remember, the longer it takes to come off the more likely it is to stay off.

    Go Turtles!

    Rock on!

  8. THIS is how you do it. So many people dont understand that its a lifestyle change – that things WILL have to take time, if its taken you a bunch of TIME to get there.

    the most important is to take the 1st step, then educate yourself – and STICK with IT. Certainly NOTHING overnight about this…

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