The week students return to school is always hectic and stressful, but managing weight loss along with all that has taken its toll on me this week. I typically invest my energy more in sticking to my plan and less into fretting over how I look or what I weigh. This week and the last, though, have been difficult. Literally, a series of ups and downs.
Last Wednesday, I was the invited speaker at the Chamber of Commerce breakfast in the town where I teach, and I was quite excited to speak. UP! That afternoon, I weighed in at the clinic, with a loss of 0.2 pounds. DOWN! The next morning, my photo was on the cover of the local newspaper. UP! Unfortunately, I looked huge! DOWN!
The next day, I volunteered at our annual fundraiser bingo event. Still feeling fatter than ever, I posed for a photo with one of my coworkers. Unbeknownst to me, it was to be the best photo ever taken of me! UP!
Knowing that weeks with very small losses are often bounded by weeks with reasonable or large losses, I stuck with the program and carried on. This week, my loss was calculated to be 7.7 pounds. Balance has been restored, and I’m back on track to reach my goals.
When the results don’t turn out in your favor one week, just keep your chin up and keep on keeping on. Odds are, things will work themselves out eventually.
PS: I haven’t been on a roller coaster since sometime in the middle of the last decade, when the ride operator was unable to fasten me into the ride at Six Flags Over Texas. This season I have committed to ride each of the coasters at Magic Springs. Who wants to go with me?