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Not Where I Want To Be But I See How Far I Have Come

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Feeling down in the dumps today because it seems like I am taking two steps forward and one backward, but a REAL look backward is telling me it is okay!

I have not reached my goal but have accomplished a major advance toward it!

From 2011 to last Jan, I had been yo yo losing and gaining 30 pounds a year! On Jan 1 every year I would be at 200 pounds and by the end of the year back to 170. I started 2017 at 200 pounds and lost 30 pounds by Sept 1. I continued to lose another 12 pounds and have rocked back towards 170, but I have maintained the loss of the 30 yo yo pounds since then. If I can keep that off until Sept 1, I will have maintained that weight loss for a year! It seems that I have changed the "set point" that my body finds acceptable to a lower number! I am ECSTATIC! Even when I "mess up" on my exercising and eating for a time, I am uncomfortable and don't exceed the 170 and it seems that the 30 pounds is GONE FOR GOOD! THANK YOU GOD, Thank You SPARKPEOPLE! Thank You 5% Weight Loss Challenges! Thank you my encouraging Sparkfriends!

There was a time when I reached 170 for the first time (in 1977) and cried for weeks. That was the most I had ever weighed and I didn't get back there until 1997 during an illness. I hope that I am never that weight again.

However, even if I don't reach my goal for awhile, I am progressing by not gaining my yo yo weight back, and that lifts my spirits. Hopefully within the next year, if I don't reach my end goal of 130-135, at least I can lower my body's comfort zone weight yet again and maintain it, getting closer to the ultimate prize!.
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    I somehow missed this post, dear friend. It was news to me about your gaining back every year. So good that your body is getting accustomed to losing! Hope your health and strength come back strong over the summer! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1113 days ago
    I know all about the yo yo numbers ( bungee numbers I call them!) It does take, time and consistence to reset that spot but - you are doing it!!!! Keep up the great work but don't forget to enjoy the journey....

    1127 days ago
    I know all about that yo yo thing too. You've got 170 all sewed up now keep your spirits up and you will be just fine. We can do this you know!!
    1127 days ago
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  • LPORTER2015
    Great progress! You are doing all the right things. Keep your head high and continue pushing forward!
    1140 days ago
    I think you are doing AMAZING. I have had a horrible year for weight loss. My set point has jumped up quite a bit and is being very stubborn about dropping. Hang in there, we both know it's worth the effort!
    1140 days ago
  • ANNIE1114
    Sounds like you are doing really well with your weight. I also have a yo yo problem. I have often thought that I need to move some place warm year around where it is not so easy to hide in my clothes.
    1140 days ago
    Hey, two steps in any direction is more steps than the folks who have started yet. Keep at it, and you will do amazing because you, my friend, are an amazing person!

    1140 days ago
  • BJK1961
    Excellent news about "set point". I'm just starting my downward yo-yo from +18.
    1140 days ago
  • COOP9002
    You've made some amazing progress. Blessings on the rest of your journey.
    1141 days ago
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