It’s fairly common for people to make a New Years resolution to lose weight. (I’m one of those people too.) They get up the morning of January 1st, weigh themselves and say, “This is the year I lose those extra pounds!” Now that we are nearly 2 weeks into January I wonder how many people are still going strong and who gave up already.
I used to make New Years resolutions about losing X amount of pounds and I always disappointed myself. My goals were never realistic. Going back to the year 2011, I wanted to lose 70 pounds; I had about 100 pounds to lose total though. In 2012 I lost about 20-25 pounds over the course of the year. In 2013 I only lost about 10 pounds. In 2014, I lost 25 pounds, but had already gained back 5 of them by the time December was coming to a close. By 2015 I had gained back nearly all the weight I had lost in 2014. I was so ashamed of myself. I went back and forth gaining and losing the same 10-15 pounds all year and by December of 2015 I gave up and resolved to be better in 2016.
I lost steam pretty early in 2016. By June I hadn’t lost any weight at all and the pressure to look half-way decent for my wedding in October finally got me going. I soon discovered the Ketogenic Diet and quickly put all my eggs in that basket. (Literally, I ate SO MANY eggs.) From July to mid-October I lost 27 pounds. Just enough weight for my dress to fit because it was 2 sizes too small when I bought it. (I didn’t plan on buying a dress that was too small, but it just worked out that way because it was a discontinued style.)
Id like to say that I closed out December stronger than ever, but alas, the holiday feasts got the better of me and 8 of the pounds I lost crept back on. I vowed yet again; to be better in January.
I can happily say that as of today, I’m still going strong. I’m down 7 pounds so far! I successfully attended a kids birthday party and avoided such temptations as cake or ice cream. Instead of having my ultimate goal weight in my head for this year, like years in the past, I’m focusing on small milestones and easy to achieve goals. January 1st 2017 I made it my goal to lose 15 pounds by my birthday, which is in the beginning of April. That’s 4 months to lose 15 pounds and I’ve already lost 7. Even if it did take me until April to lose those other 8 pounds, I would be at the lowest weight I’ve seen since 2008/2009. And that’s a big deal!
No weight loss post would be complete without some progress pictures so here we go: