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No, my "diet" is not over...

Monday, January 29, 2018

So much has happened since July. I put the 3rd and last push on to reach my goal, and did. Now into the new world of maintenance.
People say, "Wow, you lost your weight, now you can quit your diet and eat normal again, and you won't have to work out as many days." *Sigh*
And he's not the only one. Daughter-in-law, her parents, even my son. Our friends.
Mind you, for all the suggestions for people in my life to be on board and support me, they have never met my family. I mean I love them dearly, but turn a deaf ear to me if I mentioned anything about my endeavors. As you can tell by my blogging record, I'm not big on expressing my inner thoughts...I'm sure you can see why.
But I've come to a crossroad here, in this last push. I have given up on Facebook. All the fun has been sucked out of it with politics and negativity. My favorite flash game has gotten money hungry. So I find time can be better spent on me. (What a novel concept. Me.)
I have worked hard all my life, and put all others before me. Now I spend time prepping healthy food, investing in active minutes throughout the day, strength train in my little workout room I've created, and yoga it up to a DVD a few times a week. I come here, and read articles on exercise and nutrition. Quality internet time.
This is my lifestyle now. So, no, people, my "diet" is not over. It never was. See, I never went on a diet.
I have a 58 pound loss over 11 1/2 years. That is weight that will never come back. Sometimes when I did get discouraged, I'd have to remind myself that I did not gain that weight overnight, and it's not going to come off & stay off overnight, either. I'd been overweight since childhood, going as high as 225 in high school, so it has been a long and winding road.
Now, my lifestyle, brought on joining, and staying with SparkPeople has done more than help me lose weight. As a constant, it has also kept me grounded. Through a lot. Hubby's massive heart attack, son's morbid injuries in an accident, and grandson's diagnosis of a syndrome he will have all his life.
So, the moral of this ramble tonight, I guess, is to never give up, and if you find yourself all alone, even in a houseful of people, you can still do whatever you need to do. You can be surprised at your own strength.
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    Congratulations on your successes! Change is hard, and not everyone will make the effort. My DH tries, but never understands when I don't want to indulge in a sweet snack with him. It's just the way it is-sometimes I do indulge, most often I remember that I need to nourish my body with what it needs and grab some fresh fruit/veggies.
    1157 days ago
    A "diet" is really just an eating plan and all of us are on a "diet" of one sort or another.

    I can so relate to you and your situation. My DH doesn't understand and never will (it's been 43 years!) that my metabolism won't allow me to follow his eating plan. Actually he should revisit his eating plan, but doesn't care to. So I prepare him healthy meals and then he goes ahead and adds to it. It's his life, not mine! I would love to have him around for another 43 years, but that would mean both of us would set records for longevity!

    Congratulations on your weight loss. You are one of the few that I predict will manage to stay within range for the rest of your life.
    1255 days ago
    Love this and you say it so well.
    I'm starting to believe some folk just miss their "eating buddy" when we change our eating style and they want that back. Maybe to make them not feel so bad at what they are putting in their mouth?
    My daughter seems to be the only one to get it and she goes out of her way to support me. In the mail this week she had sent to me some sodium-free Greek Seasoning after looking in several local stores, not finding it, but there it was on Amazon. I am blessed!

    1270 days ago
    emoticon To your weight loss success, and welcome to the At Goal and Maintaining... team!

    emoticon If you wish to stay at your happy weight, the best way to do that is keep on keeping on, esting the same kind of food (maybe a little larger portions) and stay active.
    1274 days ago
    What a great blog, that encapsulates what so many of us understand, but don't always put fully into practice. Well done for making that conscious decision to consider your own needs. What? A wife and mother looking after herself? Unheard of! But actually, the better you care for yourself, the better you are able to care for the others around you.
    1279 days ago
    Thank you all for your wonderful comments. I came back and saw these today, I was thankful and joyful all the same time. emoticon emoticon
    1281 days ago
    You are an inspiration. emoticon
    1281 days ago
  • LINDA!
    You are so inspiring. I am so sorry for all the troubles that have occurred in your family.

    1281 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/29/2018 10:18:11 PM
    Love this!
    1281 days ago
    Never, ever give up! Look how far you have come on your journey. Alone in a houseful of people...you've been peeking in my window. emoticon

    Thank you for sharing this part of your journey. It gives hope and inspiration to many, including me.

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    1281 days ago
    Yes, a lot of people don’t understand that weight loss is a lifelong struggle. If your metabolism was a player, it’s even more likely to be lifelong. I’m glad to see you are finally in the stage of maintaining. I can’t wait to be there. Good luck. And w2g.
    1281 days ago
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