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Two Years!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

I knew it was coming up, but I might have missed it, if not for the wonderful team leaders of the At Goal & Maintaining/Transition to Maintenance team. Two years since I hit that magic number that I'd dreamed about since I was in junior high. Yes, I weigh now what I wanted to weigh when I was 13. I weigh 20 lbs less than I did in high school and college. I went to my high school reunion two years ago, confident that I was no longer one of the fat girls. That's completely vain and awful, but it was a big motivation! I went from size 8 pants to size 2. Dress size from 8 to...8. I have a suit jacket that's a size 4, but that's patently ridiculous.

So what's happened since? I turned 50. I've hiked with far more stamina than I had before. I don't like hills, but I don't dread them as much. I took skiing lessons. I've found new enjoyment in shopping for clothes and most days I like what I see in the mirror. I still track my food most days. I weigh every day that I'm at home, sometimes twice. I don't think I ever really relax my guard. I know all too well that it's far easier to gain weight than it it to lose it. 3-5 lbs gained during a two week vacation can take 6 months for me to lose. But I keep at it. My "panic weight" is 8 pounds lower than my first goal weight when I joined SP.

What's the point of all this? Bragging? Maybe a little. But what I really want to say, especially to friends who are struggling, is that it can happen. You can make it happen.

PS When I told my husband that I'd maintained for two years he gave me a high 5! emoticon
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  • SCOOTER4263
    My panic weight is now very close to my goal weight. Twenty five years ago, I was willing to do so much more than I'm willing to do now. I want a weight that I can maintain without an 1100 calorie limit and 15 hours a week in the gym.

    But that's me. You, my dear, are to be commended. It's not so much the number as the hiking and shopping and the skiing. Good for you! emoticon emoticon
    3181 days ago
    3187 days ago
    Congratulations again on two years of maintenance and all that you've accomplished. You have every right to brag and you're right: we need more examples of people who are successfully maintaining so other people can learn from them and see that it IS possible. Thanks for staying active here and showing us the way!
    3197 days ago
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    Congratulations on all you have achieved and your two year anniversary! emoticon
    3197 days ago
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