I often hear, “What keeps you going?” “I wish I could be as determined as you are!” and “You must have amazing will power.” Really, there’s no magic that keeps me going. I take it one step at a time. It’s a lot like the approach I took climbing Pinnacle Mountain. I didn’t know if I could make it to the top, but I was able to count the signposts as I went. As one of my coworkers taught me, “Every pound is a victory.” I celebrate these victories in a number of ways, but each tiny success helps me belive that I can make it to the next one.
You already know about my obsession with ping pong balls, and I’ve shared with you my weight tracker spreadsheet. Being a big data nerd, I run all sorts of calculations on the weight loss data. Although there’s nothing special about round numbers, we enjoy seeing them.
Last week, my total BMI loss topped 20. That’s like a whole healthy person. This week, my total pounds lost topped 150. One of the participants in class actually stood up and clapped. Also, my body weight fell below 300 pounds. I did a little happy dance of my own over that one. I didn’t do anything special this week that got me to where I am. I simply followed the program and kept drinking my water, walking my miles, and eating my vegetables.
So… if playing games with numbers keeps you on track, do it! If shuffling index cards with neat sayings on them gives you the will to survive, shuffle on! I’ll keep running my numbers until I find a reason to cheer. Did you know that 88.2 pounds is a nice round number in kilograms? Yeah. Cheap thrills.