Despite not having any overt issues, I am sure there are underlying issues that I should probably explore. (Side note: Don't you just love the word "issues"? It's so all-encompassing. I could be talking about emotional damage from a divorce or the fact that there is snow outside, and I am stuck in the house with my kids. Both present "issues." In my case, the latter is actually more of an "issue".) Anyway, I digress. I think during the next phase of my journey, I am going to start exploring more of the psychology of weight gain/loss and body image and self-esteem. From everything I've read, in order to maintain weight loss, these issues must be addressed.
So, after all that, you are probably thinking I've gained back every pound I have lost thus far. That is not the case at all. In fact, it was a pretty good week (until last night...more about that later...and you'll see why I obviously have issues.) By Thursday, I had lost all of the almost 5 lbs I had gained over the previous and weighed-in at the exact same weight as I had on the previous Friday. Not bad. Two days to gain 5 lbs, three days to lose it. Going forward, my goal was to lose an additional one pound during the rest of the week. And, that's what I did. 1.2 pounds to be exact. That means in the course of the week (from Monday to Monday) I lost exactly 6 lbs. I was happy, but I just kept thinking, "What if I hadn't gained those 5 lbs the previous weekend?" Instead of a net lost of only 1.2 pounds, it could have been 2 or 3 or maybe even 4. So then what did I do? I binged on a disgusting amount of terribly unhealthy Chinese food last night. See...ISSUES.
Total weight loss in 7 weeks: 21.6 lbs.