Weight gain in one week: 0.6
Total weight lost: 101.8
Average weekly weight loss: 2.99
Weight left to lose: 26.6
Weeks left at average loss: 8.87
Estimated total weeks: 42.87 (about 9.89 months)
As I thought, I gained this week. Not as much as I thought I would, but still, a gain. Boo-hoo, so sad. It’s no one’s fault but my own. Here’s the thing, I’ve had a lot of success so far, and that’s fine, but how do I react in failure? It reminds me of something Jesus said:
Matthew 5:43-48 (New Century Version)
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemies.’ But I say to you, love your enemies. Pray for those who hurt you. If you do this, you will be true children of your Father in heaven. He causes the sun to rise on good people and on evil people, and he sends rain to those who do right and to those who do wrong. If you love only the people who love you, you will get no reward. Even the tax collectors do that. And if you are nice only to your friends, you are no better than other people. Even those who don’t know God are nice to their friends.”
In a similar mode, if I’m only grateful when I succeed, how is that helpful? But, if I am grateful when I struggle, that is good. That is helpful. So, yes, I struggled; and yes, I’m thankful. I’m thankful because I know what I did wrong. I’m thankful because I know how to improve. I’m thankful because I have this community. I’m thankful because I know that when (not if) I stumble again, I’ll be able to move on and improve.
Of course, this has delayed my progress, and dropped me below my 3-pound a week average. There are some parts that give me comfort: I’m still over 100 pounds lost; I’m still on track to finish this leg of my journey within 10 months. That’s crazy!
So, that’s it for now, but there will be better news next week.
May God Bless you all on your journeys!