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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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  • MISJOSIE
    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
  • NELLJONES
    You've come a long way!
    783 days ago
  • BLITZEN44
    Congratulations on all of your great successes and happy anniversary! emoticon
    783 days ago
  • LADYPJAY
    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
  • JEANKNEE
    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
    https://www.sparkpeople.com/myp
    age_public_journal_individual.a
    sp?blog_id=4323116

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

    Keeping at least 5% of their body weight off for 15 years
    www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pub
    med
    /10702760

    Keeping 30 lbs. off for a minimum of one year
    www.nwcr.ws/

    Staying within 5 lbs of goal weight for one year
    www.ncbi.nlm.nih.
    gov/pubmed
    /10224727

    Keeping off at least 10% of the starting body weight for one year
    www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pub
    med
    /11375440
    783 days ago
  • MARTHA324
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    You've had some amazing success!
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    783 days ago
  • ROSEWAND
    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
  • ALLYSSA_P
    Great job!!
    783 days ago
  • S_MHANCOCK
    Awesome!!
    783 days ago
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