One of the things I wanted to do for 2020 was to make my weight-loss goals a little more realistic. Over the last three years, I’ve pretty much said, “I plan to be down to 205 pounds by the end of the year.” I knew it was a long shot, but I wanted to aim high.

Not only did that not work out so well for me, but I even gained weight. Oops. I very well may have taken the wrong approach. Most of the last three years I struggled to lose more weight than I was putting on. I’d look at the goal I set for myself at the beginning of the year. Then, as the months passed, I realized the goal was becoming more and more unreachable.

Well, I’ve been reading lately about how it’s better to set smaller, more measurable goals. I thought I’d give that a try. This year, instead of saying, “Ima lose fiddy pounds this year,” I figured I’d try for something a little bit more achievable in smaller doses. My new goal is to weigh in at the end of each month less than what I weighed at the end of the previous month.

So here we are then. Month 1. I’ll admit. this was an easy month. I pretty much gave up on everything in the last two months of 2019. Tome come out ahead this month, all I really had to do was not eat everything. During November and December last year, I ballooned up to 269.8 pounds on the last day of the year. This morning, I came in at 258.2, which gives an 11.6 pound loss in one month. While it’s true that a lot of that was mostly temporarily holiday season ballast, I like to think that at least a few pounds of that is due to hard work, focus, and dedication.

From 269.8 to 258.2

Total loss: 11.6 pounds in 1 month

I’m certain that coming months will become more challenging, but hey…as long as I come in even a little bit lighter, I’ll be rockin’.

Thanks for reading about my 2020 diet – 1 month check-in. See you next month.