I was looking at this graph earlier:
This shows my Weight Watchers weigh ins from August, 2010 until this week. As you can see, I had a lot of success from then until the end of 2011. At my first weigh in during the first week of January 2012, I weighed 162 pounds. Alas, as you can see my weight started going up, up, and up. This was a time when we were looking for a house, then moving, then remodeling, etc. And, I couldn’t seem to get a grip on losing weight again. I would lose for a little while then it started going up again. Finally in 2013, I started to get back on track. Of course, I had regained over 30 pounds by then.
One thing I was curious, though looking at this, was to figure out how much weight I’ve lost on average during this period not counting the time when I was gaining weight or getting back to 162 pounds. I got back to 162.2 pounds early last September. So, if I take my 59.6 pound weight loss and only consider the weeks that I was losing down to 162 pounds in January 2011 and the time since September, 2015 until now, I find that I’ve averaged losing about a half a pound a week.
Yes, the overall overage is less because it took me 2 years, 8 months to get back to 162 pounds. That is sad. It annoys me a lot to see that big mountain in the middle of that graph. But, during the times when I was actually losing “new” weight, I averaged about half a pound a week.
I’ve seen so many people complain about only losing half a pound a week. But, I’m happy with it. Yes, I wish I hadn’t regained at all. And, sure, I am in awe of those who lose 1 1/2 to 2 pounds a week. But, that isn’t me. It would be easy to get discouraged because I don’t lose at that rate. And, there have been times in the past that I gave up. But, this time I never really gave up.
Yes, I had that year and a half where I was mostly gaining weight. But, I didn’t totally give up. Periodically, I would go to Weight Watchers and weigh in. I was actually paying for Weight Watchers during the entire time. I think that one thing that helped me get to where I am now is that I never totally gave up. I kept trying.
I wish I could say what caused me to stick with in when I went back for good in 2013, a few months before starting this blog. The reality is that I don’t know why it was different that time. The important thing is that if I didn’t keep trying, I would never have succeeded.
And, yes, losing half a pound a week is unbearably slow for many. Still, the last 5 years would have passed even had I not been losing any weight. Almost five years after starting to go to Weight Watchers again, I’ve lost 59.6 pounds. I do recognize that at half a pound a week I could have been finished with this by early 2013 if I hadn’t had the regain. But, the most important thing is that I kept trying and finally I stuck with it and those half pound losses kept adding up.