Editor’s note: Cathrine Shinn in 2017 lost 100 pounds using Diet-to-Go*. We’re following her story through 2018 as she continues to lose weight and get healthy. If Cathrine can do it, so can you!*
Current weight: 226
March Goal: 221
Overall Goal: 171
Pounds Lost Since Jan. 1, 2018: 5
In Cathrine’s words…
A bit of discouragement…
I did not meet my goal for March, and this was discouraging. March is one of my busiest months at work, and I travel frequently. In addition, my social life is becoming increasingly active. Both made staying on track to hit my goal a challenge, and I was embarrassed and angry with myself for not doing so.
Old habits die hard…
I have made significant changes to my lifestyle over the last 15 months, and I know what it takes to lose 1-2 pounds a week. While I wanted to blame my slow progress on travel and socializing, I realized an old habit started to creep into my thinking.
I have always been able to experience short-term success with weight loss. I could follow any diet plan for several months and lose weight. I would start to look and feel better, and friends and family would notice.
As I received more attention for the way I looked, I would slowly regain the lost weight, and then some. This felt like failure and I was always embarrassed by it. It actually kept me from seeing people or attending events where I knew I would see people I hadn’t seen since I’d regained the weight.
Over the last several months, I have fought to accept the compliments about my appearance and not allow myself to sabotage my success.
After losing 105 pounds, my appearance is commented on almost daily. Was this getting in my way? While I continued to eat my Diet-to-Go meals this month, I found myself eating more calories in snacks, and making less careful choices about the content of those calories. I truly think this is my subconscious fighting the recognition of my improved physical appearance.
Altering my mindset…
I have started to monitor the quality of the calories I am eating. I am also focusing on increasing strength and endurance in the gym and outdoor activities. When someone tells me I look great, I thank them and respond by telling them how fantastic or strong or healthy I feel. It’s my way of appreciating the attention, but maintaining focus on the main reason I wanted to lose weight- to change my health!
So, I will not focus on not reaching my March goal. I will celebrate my consistent progress and the amazing change in my health and my life!
* Weight loss results may vary. Results not guaranteed.
Author: Caitlin Hendee
Diet-to-Go Community Manager
Caitlin is the Diet-to-Go community manager and an avid runner. She is passionate about engaging with others online and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. She believes moderation is key, and people will have the most weight loss success if they engage in common-sense healthy eating and fitness.