By God, It's Working

When you have a lot of weight to lose, and you dive into a weight-loss program, there is almost immediate good and bad news.

The good news is, if you're doing it right (and, as I said, way overweight to begin with), you'll lose a lot of pounds right off the bat. Because you have them to spare.

Regardless, it's encouraging.

One week into my no/low carbs, no booze, bitch-on-wheels diet program and I have lost 7+ lbs. I feel and see the difference. It's awesome.

But then, there's the discouraging part. The part where you've lost 7+ lbs and even though you have noticed, no one else has. Because the truth is, 7 lbs just doesn't make that big a dent.

It's nothing to sneeze at, of course. It's just that at times like this you can no longer ignore just how much weight you've let yourself gain, just how much weight you've been walking around with. And just how far you have to go to get rid of it.


  1. 7lbs! that's so great!

    if you get discouraged how no one notices, go to the grocery store, to the dairy section. pull 7 packs of butter off the shelf and give it a good look.

    THAT is what you lost! that's a lot of fat!!!

    for extra crazy goodness, walk around the store with the butter in your cart and point at it to random strangers "I LOST ALL THIS! I AM AWESOME!" They will surely applaud!

  2. think glass half full, lady! Congrats!

  3. Wow, that is awesome!

    I have another theory about the not noticing: I think it's quite possible that no one else in the world is as obsessed with our weight and how we look as we are ourselves. So all the while we're walking around certain that people are noticing our over-size immenseness, they actually aren't really giving it a thought...because they don't care like we think everyone cares.

    So, then, it's a good thing right?

  4. evilscience - i would totally do that if my local grocery store weren't so full of crazy people, who might take my pointing to butter as an invitation to be friends. :)

    ami - you're right, i should. and while i'm at it, can it be full of a magic, calorie-free martini?

    elisa - you are totally right. i do assume that everyone is always thinking about my oversizedness all the time. kinda like when you have a zit and you think that that's all anyone's looking at...uh, except at your waistline. (you know what i mean.) anyway, yeah! yay!

    britt - thanks!

  5. These are the times when I am deeply grateful for my boss, a wonderful matriarchal black woman who notices every ounce I lose, even when I don't think I've lost any.

  6. That is a GREAT start! You should be very proud of yourself, K!

    Keep up the good work!

  7. Wow, you look awesome girl, here's the the next 10% !!!!!

  8. You are doing GREAT! The average weight loss per week is 2.5 lbs. so you're ahead of the game! You go girl!

  9. since you're doing this for you, it should matter that YOU can see and feel the difference...!

    others will too, soon enough.

  10. hey- we didn't put this weight on overnight. so its not going to come off overnight. i'm right there with ya!

    -el snarkster

  11. You have to start somewhere, so good job! I have lost 20, on my way to a total of 66. And slow and steady wins the race.

  12. Ericha2@yahoo.com5:33 PM, January 13, 2008

    K - I started in September and lost 40 by the end of December then gained 15 over the holidays and am now back down 6. So, 34 altogether and some people still haven't noticed!

    I think it's great though. That "whoosh" effect is awesome! Keep up the good work! It's totally worth it. I have over 100 left to go but I know I'll get there. Back to the gym tomorrow for the first time since before Christmas and I actually can't wait. Looking forward to following your journey.

  13. Yay Kristy!

    Ericha & Kristy - I bet they have noticed, but people are worried how someone is going to react if they point out a big weight loss. Several years ago when I lost 45 lbs, it got to be 6 months later and my bosses and co-worker still had said nothing. I brought it up once, and they said "Of course we noticed, we just didn't want to say anything that might come out wrong"

  14. I'm not sure how tall you are, but I'm 5'9" and I find that 12 pounds is the point of visibility. Anything less than that, and I'm the only one who notices. And my husband. Keep up the good work!

  15. You're doin' great. I'm back on the fitness bandwagon myself, currently I'm the heaviest I've ever recorded myself at, except for pregnancy.

    You CAN do it. Just don't exclude alcohol all the time. You can stil have it, just cut back. At least that's what I'm doing. I'm picking my beer/wine/rum moments. As opposed to drinking for any reason, hehehe.


  16. How are you managing the no booze part?

  17. What ericha2 said! yeah!
    I have gained and lost about 60 pounds between knee surgery and having a baby. And no one notices when I'm losing-- yes, even 60 pounds-- but it seems like everyone has something to say when I am at my heaviest. sigh.

  18. OMG! I so freaking hear you. I can lose like, 1/2 my body weight and no one would notice.

    Okay, not really. But I lost 30lbs last year and no one except my husband noticed. And he probably only noticed because he has to, um, bear the brunt of my weight from time to time.

    So. Yeah.


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