Some perspective may be required today.
You see, I weighed in this morning — the midpoint for an 18-week weight-loss contest I entered on Nov. 1 at the Muscatine Community Y. The good news is I’ve lost some weight. The bad news is I have only lost 8 pounds. That’s equal to about a pound a week.
I was disappointed. But then I stopped to think about it. That’s 8 pounds lost during the holidays — a time of year when many people gain weight. And it would have been very easy for me to gain 8 pounds over the holidays. I’ve gained more than that in past years.
A pound per week would equal 52 pounds over an entire year. Who wouldn’t be happy to lose 52 pounds?
So I will keep plugging ahead. I’ll watch what I eat more closely, work out even more and maybe drink a little less.
But if, like me, you need some inspiration, read this story. Who wouldn’t want to look like that at 69 — or 93. Unbelievable.