During lunch I went to my weekly weigh-in at the friendly neighborhood WeightWatchers' meeting. I was up +1.0 lb. for the week, which equates to -28.2 lbs. since I began this journey back on April 7th, 2010.
To be honest, I'm not bummed about the bump up because I didn't exercise or run at all over the past seven days, and I didn't journal my food intake over the weekend when we travelled to visit friends out of state.
While the increase wasn't exactly what I wanted - it's exactly what was expected. It's the outcome I earned and that I'm responsible for. To me, that's feedback rather than failure. The issue is not that I had a sub-par week in the past, the issue is what did I learn and what will I do going forward to change the trajectory of my choices.
I'm not discouraged but rather encouraged.
A few weeks back I wrote about "Leslie" who broke down during the meeting because she ate a half-gallon of ice cream in a sitting and then binged the rest of the week after she had lost more than -70 lbs. She did a major course correction and got back on track quickly. Today she shared that she lost more weight, for a total loss of -76.6 lbs. becoming the first person in our meeting to lose more than -75 lbs.
Those types of examples continue to encourage and drive me forward. While this past week wasn't ideal for me, I'm optimistic that there will be less of me to write about next week.