Thursday, July 23, 2009

Losing Weight, Maintenance Style

Well, I made it to one day past weighing day. Not too bad.

My intuition (actually my pants) told me there would be little or no difference from two weeks ago. I would have said definitely no weight gain, but couldn't have predicted a weight loss either.

The scale gave me a 0.4 kilo loss, or 0.88 pounds. That could easily be considered statistically non-relevant, but I disagree. What I'm seeing is the weight coming off at an almost imperceptible rate. Since January, I've lost approximately 11% of my body weight. Less than half (5%) of this weight loss has occurred since March, when I entered the "hard lard" stage (I found this wonderful term at notothedeuce).

Would I like to lose weight faster? Do birds fly? Is chocolate one of Nature's perfect foods (OK, I know not everyone agrees on that)? Yes, of course. I'm practically, but not completely, in what most would term maintenance mode. And by my calculations, I still need to lose approximately the same amount as I've already lost, if not a bit more. This enterprise could last another two years or so!

In the past, I have expressed great frustration with this glacial pace, but I think I'm coming around to realizing that the slowness, for me, indicates the depth of the change that's happening. It's a weird metaphor, but I feel like I'm creating a sculpture out of stone, not butter. It takes a lot longer, it's much harder to work with, but my sculpture will be there for years to come.


  1. Great analogy.

    I once made a butter sculputre of a rectangle. It was pretty cool... looked like a stick of butter when I was done.

  2. Awesome post!! I, too, am appreciating the process of slow weight loss.

  3. Thanks for the mention! .88 is progress, for sure. I have to remind myself that this process of losing weight is forever, not just until I get to my goal, so who cares if it's slow or fast, cuz even when you get there, you have to keep on going.

  4. Wonderful very true.

    My best

  5. Great job on the weight loss. I think everyone wants it to come off quicker. But research shows that those that lose weight at a slower pace are more opt to keep it off. I am so not wanting to go back to redue this journey all over again!

  6. I don't want to do it again either. I lost plenty of weight at less than a pound a week, and it really isn't too disruptive of my lifestyle that way.