As you can probably guess from today’s post title, I have reached another milestone on my weight loss journey and officially lost 40 pounds! If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may remember that I had lost 30 pounds back in May. Let me just say that these 10 pounds that I have lost since have been the most stubborn. I am so glad that I have made it over that plateau and achieved another goal!
Summer is definitely one of those seasons when I tend to eat more unhealthy foods than I would normally. As soon as summer hits up here in New England, all of the fried seafood places open up, and it seems like every week we’re having a cookout filled with hamburgers, hot dogs, and pasta salad. Ice cream is definitely one of my weaknesses, and there is no shortage of homemade ice cream stands up here as well. Not to mention the fact that our local Dairy Queen only opens during the warmer months, so I always feel like I have to take advantage before it’s gone!
Overall though, I have really made an effort to make healthy choices this summer. I load up on non-starchy vegetables whenever I can, and try to start my days off right with a healthy breakfast. I’ve been going over to our camp quite a bit on the weekends, but I have tried to run as much as I can and make fitness a priority.
But with all of the healthy choices that I have made this summer, I have also indulged in all of the classic backyard cookout favorites and homemade ice cream, making my weight loss a little more stagnant than normal. In fact, for the last few weeks, I’ve been wavering between 39 and 40 pounds lost, which was so frustrating! I am all about taking things slow and letting the process work naturally, but I also hated being at a stand still.
That being said, I am glad that I allowed myself to enjoy my summer and take advantage of all of the fun food that summer brings. I’ve mentioned this in previous posts, but I really think that treating myself every once in a while has helped me to stay on track, because I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything. Food is something that I enjoy, and it wouldn’t do me any good to torture myself by being strict all the time.
And while this may have caused me to slow down a little on my weight loss, I don’t have any problem with it. I have maintained my healthy lifestyle for the majority of the time this summer, and that is all that matters to me. I can look at pictures of super skinny people all day, but it isn’t going to help me to succeed on my journey. I can’t compare myself to another person, because he or she is on a completely different journey than I am. I am proud of myself for continuing to eat as healthy as I can, and for taking the time to work out as often as I can.
I have been working really hard on self-confidence and boosting my own self-worth this summer, and part of that is accepting myself for who I am at each stage of this journey. Sure I might not have reached my ultimate weight loss goal yet, but I am making strides every day. Every small step just brings me one step closer to becoming my healthiest self.
The next small goal that I want to reach is losing 50 pounds, and it is crazy to me how close I am to achieving that next goal. Of course, my experiences this summer have taught me that losing 10 pounds can be a lot of hard work. But considering where I was at the beginning of this journey, it’s hard for me to believe that I am 10 pounds away from losing 50 pounds. Every other time that I have tried to lose weight, I either couldn’t seem to lose anything, or I would only manage to lose a small amount of weight before giving up. I used to think that I would always be some version of plus size, but now I know that when I work hard and stick with it, I can achieve anything I want to. It sounds super cheesy, but it’s so true. Even after struggling to lose these last 10 pounds this summer, I still decided to stick with it. I can now cross another goal off my list. If that’s not motivation for you to persevere, I don’t know what is.
Have you ever had a time when you struggled to lose weight or got stuck in a stubborn plateau? How did you get through those times? I’d love to hear about them!
I hope you enjoyed reading this update about my weight loss journey today. I say this so often, but it makes me so happy to be able to share this journey with all of you. And remember, even if you are struggling to get through something, don’t ever give up, because you don’t know what you’ll be able to achieve.