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Today is my 8 year anniversary of reaching goal weight

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Today is my 8 year anniversary of reaching goal weight. emoticon I almost missed it!

I used to get reminders from my At Goal team but eventually -- last year, I think -- broke down and asked them to remove me from their spreadsheet because I didn't view myself as successfully maintaining, and receiving congratulations made me not only feel like a failure but a fraud as well. It didn't feel like I was successful or maintaining when I was steadily gaining weight.

Today, I feel more successful on my maintenance anniversary than I probably ever had. I'm still 40 pounds over the high end of my maintenance range, yet I feel in control mentally, and that makes all the difference. For 8 full years, I maintained a 45-pound loss, or 17% of my body weight. As of today, I am 66 pounds (26%) down from my highest weight.

I think the lessons I've learned in the 8 years of maintenance struggles are going to make me stronger and better able to maintain in the long run. I now think that maintaining a significant weight loss IS successful, even when it's not the full amount I lost.

It occurred to me as I was taking my lunchtime walk outside today -- a daily habit for almost 5 years, regardless of the weather, btw -- that I am succeeding in ways that I did not succeed in when losing weight previously.

Then vs Now:
- I was, at best, underemployed, and at worst times, unemployed. I didn't know how to really balance physical activity and the investment in healthy meal prep/cooking/eating with a full-time job.
- I did not really have any social life to speak of and didn't know how to reconcile social situations with a healthy lifestyle. During the past 8 weeks of renewed weight management, I have discovered that my social circle is incredibly supportive, encouraging, and accommodating, both of my efforts and my success.
- I was not independent. I lived with my parents, wasn't financially independent, and didn't have to deal with all the stresses that come with keeping a roof over my head and dealing with the day-to-day problems of such. Now I am completely independent and am balancing weight management with the demands of adulthood.
- I did not feel like I was competent or successful at anything other than weight loss. I couldn't extricate my value or my success from my weight. Since then, I have accomplished so much -- much that most people, including my own family, didn't think I would ever accomplish.

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    So proud of you!
    759 days ago
  • no profile photo CD18053231
    Awesome job!

    You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
    You own it, you better never let it go - Eminem
    782 days ago
    You've come a long way!
    783 days ago
    Congratulations on all of your great successes and happy anniversary! emoticon
    783 days ago
    Great reflections! That’s all we can do as we stay on our journey. Happy Anniversary and good job for what you have done.
    783 days ago
    Congratulations on your 8th maintenance anniversary.

    "I now think that maintaining a significant weight loss IS successful, even when it's not the full amount I lost."

    ABSOLUTELY agree with you!!!

    Keep up the good work! You have much for which to be proud. emoticon emoticon

    There are so many different maintenance definitions:

    snipped from 4A-HEALTHY-BMI's blog: Wondering how to define "weight maintenance?" Researchers do too

    From a range of scientific studies, here are a few different interpretations:

    Keeping at least 5% of their body weight off for 15 years

    Keeping 30 lbs. off for a minimum of one year

    Staying within 5 lbs of goal weight for one year

    Keeping off at least 10% of the starting body weight for one year
    783 days ago
  • MARTHA324

    You've had some amazing success!
    783 days ago
    Congratulations. You are committed and you are persistent! That is awesome. emoticon emoticon

    Count yourself in a rarified group of dedicated people who first lose then
    maintain the loss over time. emoticon
    783 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    good job
    783 days ago
    Great job!!
    783 days ago
    783 days ago
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