An updated picture of my beautiful family.
Sometimes it stinks to have a verb for a name. You hear your name all the time. But now, I embrace it. A verb is an ACTION word. Like an Action hero, or "lights, camera, action!" I'd rather be run, or fly, or jump, but Carrie will have to do. Now that I have successfully reached my goal, I can carry a lot more than that weight around!
A very wise man once told me that I needed to stop carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders. For a large part of my life, I did carry a lot of emotional baggage. As I freed myself from it, it allowed me to free myself of the extra physical weight I carried as well.
I spent the majority of my life at a healthy weight. My 80 pound weight gain began 11 years ago when my husband and I moved our family back to our hometown and our extended families. It was made worse by a skiing accident which shattered my leg and left me in a wheelchair for months.
I lost 40 pounds in a neighborhood weight loss challenge in 2010, but the weight loss stalled. Finally, in January of 2012, I decided that I was punishing myself far more the way that i was living than any diet had ever punished me. I went to Weight Watchers, and over the course of 6 months, I lost another 50 pounds to reach my goal weight. I continued to lose for a few months before settling at 130 pounds for a total weight loss of 100 pounds. I have maintained this weight, +/- 4 pounds, since then.
Now that I have achieved my weight loss goal, I want to maintain it. I realize that this can be as hard as losing it. I will be diligent. I will monitor myself carefully. Monitoring my behavior and weight is a lot easier than monitoring blood sugar and blood pressure -- which was my future without weight loss.
Continue to exercise and eat healthfully. I will now be setting fitness goals so that I continually have something to work towards.
I am a former financial professional. I retired 17 years ago to raise my son and 2 daughters. After choosing to marry my husband 23 years ago, it was the best decision I ever made! My kids are the greatest bonus I could have ever received!
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Hi there. I see you are taking a blog rest. I'm revising and working thru my Beck Trek and saw your response on my blog mentioning carby foods:
... They are also my trigger. I've never thought it was emotional -- I always thought it was because I feel tired and need energy and those foods are quick (poor) energy. But maybe it's an emotional fatigue...
Yes, I used to turn to carbs for energy but they are a false friend because later you get the carb slump. And if hunger is the problem, eating won,t fix it.
Hope to see you back when you are less busy, I'm revising Beck so I'll still be plugging along...
230 days ago
Comment edited on: 10/13/2015 1:40:24 PM
253 days ago
Thanks for commenting on my realistic goal blog!
Some Sparkies do say that they can maintain with intuitive eating: but when I ate intuitively I weighed north of 230 and wore size 18-20s.
So even if it works for others -- maybe not for you and me???? (And yet I sustain this fantasy that if I were REALLY GOOD at maintaining I'd achieve "intuitive eating": so silly!!!)
265 days ago
Many thanks for the high five. I appreciate your support and encouragement
266 days ago
You're welcome (regarding the comments on the General Team Discussion Forum)!
I strongly encourage you to take your chance to speak now by adding your thoughts/comments in the same place and also post to the Team Wall encouraging others to comment.
269 days ago