I hit two major milestones this week.

I surpassed 50lbs (51.1lbs to be exact) total lost since beginning my weight loss journey two years ago and I have officially pedaled 500 miles on my stationary bike!

In week seven, I lost 2.8lbs. That means I have taken off a total of 12.2lbs so far in 2015.

I weigh myself twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the evening before dinner. I realize weight loss experts recommend a single weekly weigh in, but my method works for me.

I was feeling a little frustrated at the beginning of the week. Regardless of my daily exercise regimen and the fact that I was budgeting my food points the scale wasn’t budging. This was especially disheartening after gaining back a little under a half pound in the week prior.

I knew I was doing everything correctly when it came to my diet plan. The only option I saw was to push myself a little harder when exercising. Normally I “bike” five miles daily in 30 minutes. I ramped that up to six miles in the same time frame. I also got in a little extra walking here and there, made a conscientious effort to consume even more water and increased my fruit intake.

Having pedaled a total of 500 miles now puts me about 200 miles from the Indiana border on my virtual bike tour to Las Vegas. That means I should arrive in Hoosier state by spring! I still have about 1,900 miles to pedal before I reach Sin City. It may take me another year or better, but I will make it. I’m stubborn like that.

I thought it would be interesting to play the “what weighs 50lbs” game this week to mark the occasion of reaching that point in my weight loss. So here goes.

I have lost a “Riley”! Riley is our three year old border collie and she happens to weigh right around 50 lbs.

Other things that weigh 50lbs are $200 in quarters. That’s 800 quarters total! A small bale of hay, a microwave oven, a large bag of dog food or two toddlers also equal the amount of weight I have lost.

The idea of carrying around any of those things all day long, 24/7 is unfathomable to me today. My back hurts just thinking about it. But two years ago that is exactly what I was doing. Besides being happier about my reflection in the mirror, I also have more energy and fewer aches and pains.

I still have another 68lbs to go. That means I have to lose everything I have already lost plus an additional 18lbs.

Sure, I’d like to achieve that goal before the end of the year. I just might too. I am not going to beat myself up if I don’t though. I am just going to keep putting one foot in front of the other and take it all in stride. After all, every step counts when you are heading in the right direction!