Healthy Again: Should you lower your weight loss expectations?

does-this-dress-make-me-look-fat-white-liesStarting Weight: 223.2
Current Weight: 222.2

So, I lost some weight…

A whopping ONE POUND!

And yes, I’m being sarcastic.

I have a confession to make.

I am very hard on myself, and I believe that is why I am a binge eater.

I remember when I had lost 70 pounds 3 years ago. (image of weight loss transformation here: link)

As the weight began creeping back up, I remember thinking, with every pound I gained that everyone was looking at me and thinking about how fat I was and how much weight I was gaining. Obviously, beating myself up in this was has not helped, because I still gained 60 pounds back!

Losing a lot of weight and keeping it off long term is a process that requires mental perseverance. Beating yourself up repeatedly is often more crippling than it is motivating (as I have found). I picked on myself regularly calling everyday “Day One” of my new diet.

It wasn’t until recently (within the past year), that I started hanging out with supportive women who were constantly telling me (in a very sincere way) how attractive I am and consequently, my confidence began to build.

So, OK, I was being sarcastic before. But actually, I think that what I need more than anything right now is to celebrate that small victory. That one pound I lost over the past month. Those faithful days when I braced the cold weather and went running. The times I intentionally chose to eat food items that were consistent with my nutrition commitment. I need to celebrate (Hashtag: partylikeitsmybirthday …as they say in da streetz)!

So, if you’re following me on Twitter, show me some love by sending me a message with the hashtags #onepoundskinnier and/or #sexyclap. I promise I’ll respond and we can celebrate together!

Thanks for your support!

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Author: African Femininity

African Femininity is a first generation American-born Nigerian. That basically means, her parents were immigrants and raised her with a mix of selective cultural values from both traditions. Needless to say, this left her with a very dissonant understanding of what being a “lady” meant. Now, as an un-married 30 year old woman, she is on a mission to delve to the root of being a woman in a world where conflicting cultural values and traditions are leaving many confused and disillusioned. She use the power of the pen to defend a woman’s right to choose her own lifestyle: be it housewife, social climber or being conventionally employed. Check out her Amazon author page for books written by her at

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