“The highs—and lows—of losing weight”: Weight Loss Diary

Melissa Juliano with baby: Weight Loss Diary for valerielatona.com

One of my happiest moments: when my daughter was born.

I have had 10 nights off from work because of a weekend switch. That is the longest I have had off in more than 2 years. By night number 8 I felt human again, better than I have felt in a long time. I was joyous and hopeful. I got amazing workouts in. I lost a pound.

It’s amazing what a break from my night shift can do.
But I am back at it tonight and it has destroyed my mood. I went from feeling invincible to feeling weak.
My friends Brenda and Crystal (and a bunch of others from town) ran the final race of the Polar Bears series on Sunday: a half marathon. 13.1 miles. I am in awe of what they have accomplished. I want to run further and faster to join their ranks and keep up. Yesterday I was sure I could. Today, with 8 of 12 hours left to my work day (after already working 7 hours during the day), a meager nap to get me through the marathon and 6 more nights ahead of me, I am feeling like I will never be fit and strong and healthy.
But sticking with my plan is key: I know there will be highs and lows, ups and downs, weight gain and loss—but sticking with it is the key to success long term.
And that’s what I intend to do. But I need to get through tonight first.

Melissa JulianoAbout Melissa Juliano
Melissa describes herself as "a work in progress". She's a 42-year-old mother of "2 smart and beautiful girls and married to [her] perfect partner". She practices medicine as a physician assistant in internal medicine/hospitalist medicine. She lives in a rural area of Pennsylvania. You can write to Melissa to help cheer her on and/or offer her advice and tips that worked for you at melissa@valerielatona.com.