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Week 34

Weight: 266.6

Weight gain in one week: 0.6
Total weight lost: 101.8
Average weekly weight loss: 2.99

Weight left to lose: 26.6

Weeks left at average loss: 8.87
Estimated total weeks: 42.87 (about 9.89 months)

As I thought, I gained this week.  Not as much as I thought I would, but still, a gain.  Boo-hoo, so sad.  It's no one's fault but my own.  Here's the thing, I've had a lot of success so far, and that's fine, but how do I react in failure?  It reminds me of something Jesus said:

Matthew 5:43-48 (New Century Version)
"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemies.' But I say to you, love your enemies. Pray for those who hurt you. If you do this, you will be true children of your Father in heaven. He causes the sun to rise on good people and on evil people, and he sends rain to those who do right and to those who do wrong. If you love only the people who love you, you will get no reward. Even the tax collectors do that. And if you are nice only to your friends, you are no better than other people. Even those who don't know God are nice to their friends."

In a similar mode, if I'm only grateful when I succeed, how is that helpful?  But, if I am grateful when I struggle, that is good.  That is helpful.  So, yes, I struggled; and yes, I'm thankful.  I'm thankful because I know what I did wrong.  I'm thankful because I know how to improve.  I'm thankful because I have this community.  I'm thankful because I know that when (not if) I stumble again, I'll be able to move on and improve.
Of course, this has delayed my progress, and dropped me below my 3-pound a week average.  There are some parts that give me comfort: I'm still over 100 pounds lost; I'm still on track to finish this leg of my journey within 10 months.  That's crazy!
So, that's it for now, but there will be better news next week.
May God Bless you all on your journeys!



November 28, 2009 at 6:39 PM

Apparently I need to take my Magic 8 Ball in for a tuning. I thought you would have a loss, but it is such a small gain I hardly even noticed.

Glad you have such a great attitude about it. Perhaps if I adopted the "I will stumble" attitude instead of being such a perfectionist, I would be better served.

Hope your back is feeling better and that you and Anna are enjoying the weekend!

  South Beach Steve

November 28, 2009 at 8:33 PM

Beej, I wish I didn't have to read you had a gain, but you are handling it well. I am sure you have learned something from this and are a better person because of it.

  Call me Ishmael

November 29, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Hey Beej, that's barely even a gain in my book, I swear to goodness. It's such a tiny amount -- you could have gotten on the scale at another time of day and it might not even have registered. BUT..regardless of how I perceive it, what matters is how you perceive it, and how you feel about it. Sounds like you've got a handle on it and aren't going to let it pull you down. Onward and upward (er..downward, in our case!).

  Josie (35 and Shrinking)

November 29, 2009 at 7:47 PM

Aww bummer! You have a great attitude and I love how you compare your "enemies" to your "struggles". Such a great perspective to have. As you said, you have come a long way and think about it...10 months is insane! So, yeah, take the good with the bad and move on and all that jazz, you'll be back to losing 3+ lbs/week in no time!

  natalie a

November 30, 2009 at 11:02 AM

hang in there beej - you have the most amazing spirit, this will not even be worth remembering when this is all said and done... many are beginners but finishers are few...hang in there :)

  Josie (35 and Shrinking)

November 30, 2009 at 7:43 PM

beej, I just wanted to say that I love the songs you listed on my blog! I have very eclectic tastes - people are sometimes perplexed when they hear such vastly different songs playing back to back on my stereo :-) Hope you had a great day!