Report: Weigh-in date Friday, August 24, 2012. Weight 278.0. Down 1.0. Total loss at the end of fourteen weeks, 22 pounds. Not only did I not plateau, I found out why the loss slowed. That is part of what will be discussed below.
One of the most important aspects of long-term significant weight loss, at least in my non-expert opinion, is maintaining a positive attitude. Having diet buddies helps with that a lot. However, with my annual physical looming last week and my weight loss slowing, even I was having trouble finding anything good in the current situation.
That has now changed, thanks in part to what I normally dread – my annual physical.
I wasn’t dreading it as much as usual. As I mentioned earlier, I weigh less than the last time I saw the doctor and I was able to honestly tell him I am following a plan for eating and exercising. But let’s face it, physicals are no fun.
After going through all the preliminaries with his very nice nurse, I sat on the examination table while the doctor looked at me and my lab results. He asked how the weight loss was going. I mentioned how it was slowing recently. He flipped through the lab results, looked at a particular section and very matter-of-factly said, “Well, that’s probably because you have a bladder infection.”
I was completely surprised. I have no symptoms, unless those weird minor pains in my lower abdomen-groin-hip area are from that. I thought I hurt because I am overweight. Having a bladder infection explains a lot! Again, I’m no expert, but almost everyone knows that if the body thinks it is sick it holds on to everything it has for as long as it can, “thinking” it needs it all to get better. No wonder my weight loss slowed. So, now I am taking an antibiotic for a week to clear it up.
What does all this have to do with a positive attitude?
In a nutshell, it reminded me that if you look at almost anything hard enough and long enough you will find a reason to at least smile, if not actually celebrate.
Although I am as uncomfortable as anyone during a visit to the doctor, I left happy that the nurse noticed I was eight pounds lighter than the same time last year (obviously, I gained some after that point). I left happy there was a reason my weight loss had slowed, and that the doctor saw it so it can be corrected. I found further reason to celebrate when I weighed in the next day and lost a full pound, despite the infection.
Hey, at the very least I’m happy that I have some time to lose some more weight before I have to go back in February!
I am not always so optimistic. Sometimes I get upset or frustrated, like anyone does. However, I have found it is a lot easier to stick to my plan when I concentrate on the positive and look for reasons to celebrate, no matter how small.
Us getting smaller – now that’s a reason to celebrate! It’ll happen! We’ll get there together!
Until next week….