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Am I Doing Something Wrong?

I love our community! It’s full of amazing people sharing their lives and journey to health. And when I see a post like:

“I stopped eating sugar and lost 10 lbs this week!”

I’m thrilled!

But sometimes, these moments of celebration aren’t so exciting for everyone.

After a few posts of people celebrating their weight loss success, I sometimes see comments like, “I only lost 2 lbs. this week,” or “I ate so well, but only lost 1 lb. Am I doing something wrong?”

The short answer: No!

What you may or may not know is that the average weight loss goal is 1 pound a week. Just 1! It may seem slow, but it’s a healthy way for your body to adjust slowly and it increases your chances of keeping the weight off long term.

Now, sometimes if you try a cleanse or a detox, you’ll lose more than a pound a week. Or if you have a lot of weight to lose, your results might be different. That’s great! But if you’re seeing a steady loss of 1 pound every week, you’re doing everything right and you’re amazing for doing it!

Really, if you’re eating healthy, you’re doing the right thing no matter what the scale says. But when you see such big losses from other people, it’s easy to think you don’t measure up.

So when you feel down about your progress or wonder why you aren’t getting the same losses that you’re seeing in the community, here’s a few tips to help you stay positive.

Don’t Compare and Despair

It’s hard to stop comparing yourself to others. Though it might seem like someone had a huge victory, while you saw much smaller results — you don’t really know the whole story.

Let’s say you’re comparing yourself to someone who lost 10 pounds in a week. Well, what we don’t know about them is their starting weight, what their diet was like before they started a new plan, how much their sleeping, or anything else about their life.

Here’s a different way to think about it. Imagine you and another woman are waiting tables (boy, waiting tables, that takes me back!). Your coworker gets a 50% tip, while you only got 20%. Sounds like your friend had a huge win, right? Until you look at the whole picture. Turns out, she got a $5 tip on a $10 bill, while you got a $20 tip from a $100 bill.

Obviously, my tipping scenario and weight loss aren’t exactly the same, but when you compare yourself to someone else (especially when it’s only based on what they post on social media), you never really see the full picture.

So, say congrats to your friend and be happy for them, and know that their ups and downs really have no impact on your own personal journey.

Think Beyond the Scale

It’s always tough to step on the scale and not get the results you wanted. But there’s so much going on that the scale can’t measure.

The scale can’t measure how much your blood sugar levels have improved. The scale can’t measure how your estrogen and progesterone levels are balancing out. And the scale can’t measure the cellular changes that happen as your body heals from years of processed and toxic ingredients.

When you eat well, all these amazing changes are happening inside your body all the time. But the scale doesn’t give you any credit! That’s why it’s so important to let the scale be only one tool you use to track your progress.

Instead of just measuring your weight, think about how your clothes fit differently, how you feel in the morning, and how much energy you have. When you think about all the ways you’re feeling better, a sluggish scale isn’t so bad.

And trust me, the scale will catch up eventually.

Celebrate the Little Victories

Usually people think “I’ll celebrate when I reach my goal.”

By all means, celebrate when you reach your goal (I’ve got “Celebrate Good Times” ready to play on my Spotify list just for you!). But in the meantime, you should celebrate all the little victories that get you to your ultimate goal.

Were you able to buy a Medium shirt instead of a Large (even if the scale didn’t really change)? Celebrate! You chose a piece of fruit over the ice cream your husband brought home? Celebrate! You were able to play tag with your kids without getting winded? That’s a huge reason to celebrate (especially if your kids are anything like my boys, they could outrun a marathoner 😉)!

When you celebrate the little things, it makes the journey more fun. And when the journey is more fun, you’re more likely to stay on the path and make it to your final goal (and an even bigger celebration).

Instead of thinking about all the pounds you haven’t lost yet or all the ways someone else is doing better than you, focus on the positive. You’ll be happier and you’ll still see amazing results.

Remember, you’re choosing to live a better, healthier life. Most people don’t do that. So, really - You’ve already won.

In health and happiness,

Isabel

Comments

Candace Seguin
Thank you for writing these positive words. They came to my inbox at exactly the Right time.
Shirley Robison
I pleased if I keep my A1C down
Lisa  Klein
I am always inspired and encouraged when I read your words or watch your videos. Thank you, Isabel!
Sharon  mcConville
It took me one solid year to lose 20 pounds. Now I’m still losing and have lost 4 more pounds. I really have just changed my rating to reflect Isabells eating habits. To me it’s just easy. I quit sugar and most carbs. But sometimes if I am craving something I have it. I don’t go nuts and eat a ton of it but have a normal helping. I basically stick to a protein and veggies. My lunchtime is almost nothing though. I eat breakfast late so I have a snack type lunch. Like an apple and nuts. After dinner I do crave something so I chew gum. But have noticed if I chew more than 4 gums that gum can cause diarrhea so a word to the wise sugarless gum is not that great for your digestion. I this Isabel’s diet is easy for me to follow. My blood pressure is very low. My cholesterol is also low but I also do take a very low dose of Crestor. Cholesterol med. only 10 Mgs. A day.
Evelyn Stowers
Thanks Isabel. I have had to stop the BD for a while because of oral surgery (twice because it didn't heal properly the first time) and I will still have another in a couple of weeks. I'm having 3 implants done and they are on both the bottom and top of my mouth, so I will be on a "liquid" diet for a bit longer. However, when I first started BD, I lost 15#. I have been off of it for over a month now and have put on 5#. I am really looking forward to having teeth again to chew all that healthy food I will be able to eat this time next month. (If everything heals properly. I love the fact that I can be versatile in my food choices because there are just certain foods I don't like and won't eat, but I have other choices to make up for that. I will pick up where I left off asap. Thanks again for the great advise to keep us in perspective. I like Deanne's quote about comparing yourself to others. Not a bad ideal.
Luana Rizo
Thank you for this as though I didn't post my disappointment you hit the nail right on the head as to how I felt as I just finished GR and saw the most minimal weight loss Thank you for these words and putting things in perspective as I was ready to throw in the towel.
Deanne
We are all individuals... all unique... with our own set of challenges, our own little quirks... and that is why this program works! BD has so much variety and versatility... we can adjust it for our own personal needs. One quote I have posted on my fridge...."Don't compare your insides to someone elses outsides!" Thanks Isabel and BD! 👍😃
karrol subbert
helps me to understand, thanks.

Categories

  1. Balance   
       26 posts
  1. Healthy Eating   
       15 posts
  1. Gluten Free   
       6 posts
  1. Inspiration   
       6 posts
  1. Parenting   
       5 posts
  1. Clean Eating   
       4 posts
  1. Cheat Day   
       3 posts
  1. Meal Planning   
       3 posts
  1. Guest Post   
       2 posts

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