Now this is the place where things can get a little frustrating for me. My first week back on track is officially a semi-distant, stomach-rumbling memory. I really did work hard last week too. Journaled all of my foods, made good choices at meal times, made sure to get in some kind of a workout every day. As you know, I kept up with my blog posts every day as well. Even on the weekends. I also pushed myself a little harder than usual yesterday with my workout. Just as a little added insurance for the scale this morning. Couldn't hurt, right? Well I hopped on the scale bright and early this morning (yeah, I actually hopped, what?) while I was getting ready for work. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that I had lost a grand pound. All that work for one pound. One...Freakin...Pound! I'm sorry, did I use my outside voice for that last sentence? Ha ha ha. Sorry to sound petty. But that was how I felt in that moment. Now a more optimistic person would say that the slower you lose it the better. In fact, according to both my own personal trainer AND Men's Health Magazine (a tremendous resource for me over the past year or so), losing 1-2 pounds a week is the ideal way to do it.

That same optimistic person would also remind me that every pound you lose today is one step closer to your goal. Not to mention one pound you won't have to lose tomorrow. What can I tell you? I am just not always the “glass half-full” type. I expected a bigger drop the first week and I was more than a little pissed off when I didn't see it. I'm sure many people can relate to that feeling. I calmed down after a little while though. What I did need realize was that this time around I only need to lose 25 pounds. Not 125...not 225. Both weights that I have had to lose in my lifetime, by the way. This time it is just 25. And because I have lost so much over the course of my lifetime, that last 25 is probably going to come off slow. I think from now on I have to be a little bit less concerned with the numbers on the scale each week and a little MORE concerned with the direction that they are going. I just have to keep my head down, stay focused and be patient. I'll get to where I want to be. Who knows, that glass that looked half empty to me might even start to appear half full sooner or later. One week down...many more to go! Thanks for stopping by. Until tomorrow...

Starting Weight - 225 pounds

Current Weight - 224 pounds

Goal Weight - 199 pounds

Projected Date to Hit Goal Weight - September 19th, 2011