There’s nothing like losing weight to reinforce your motivation to keep losing weight.  So I’m happy to report that, a week into my plan, I’ve lost 3.5 pounds, weighing in at 181.5. 

Now I know from experience that the weight you lose early on is generally the weight that’s easiest to lose.  It would be unusual — and unhealthy — to continue losing weight at this pace.  (Plus, I would reach my 30-pound weight loss goal in just over two months.  What would I have to blog about until June?)  Nor can I assume that my weight loss journey will proceed in a nice, straight line, without any setbacks.  There may be weeks when I gain back a pound or two.  In fact, there probably will be.

The important thing is to keep going — whether you had a good week or a not-so-good one.  The weekly weigh-in offers an opportunity to look back at the previous week and determine what worked well, where you had difficulties and how you might overcome them in the future.  Be honest with yourself.  (Although you don’t have to be like me, and be honest with the world by blogging about it, if you don’t want to.)

Did I adhere perfectly to my plan during my first week?  Nope.  Were there days when I overindulged?  Yep.  Did I go to the gym every day?  Can’t say that I did.

But …

Most days I did well.  I went to the gym five out of seven days.  I ate a healthy diet, with lots of fruits and vegetables; I ate smaller portions; cut down considerably on the wine; and planned my meals to stay within my daily limits.  I tracked faithfully on Weight Watchers.

I also learned a lot from some of the research I’ve done for this blog and by experimenting with new recipes and new cooking ideas.  I think about weight-loss challenges — like eating out — in advance,  so that I can try to meet them.  Some challenges I met better than others.  The weekend, naturally, was hardest for me (that will be the topic of a future blog).

But even falling short of perfection, I still managed to lose 3.5 pounds my first week.  That’s a pretty good start.  Who knows what Week 2 will bring?  I’m up for it.