Oh, I'm pretty sure I gained way more than 4 pounds some years, too, but I was averaging out the gain - some years I just maintained, some I gained, some I may have lost a little. After all, I didn't really do the weight-watching thing most of my life. I'd weigh, but only just to know where I was - I still liked what I saw in the mirror, I guess - fooling oneself is really easy! :)
But on average, I only gained 4 a year from my young=adult days and weight - that's the "goal weight" on my ticker right now, so I averaged the weight from those days up to beginning SP last year - that's how I arrived at the 4-gained-per-year number.
And for losing - well, even if we only lose ONE pound a month, that's still 12 in a year. And a slow loss means that we won't have the loose surplus skin issue ... I like the idea of letting my body adjust to the new weights a little at a time. I also don't like pressure, so a slow loss works well for me - I eat a little healthier, work out a little more, no stress ... the weight continues to come off a little at a time, maybe just half a pound a week, and that's actually fine by me! :)
You will do this - I notice you're hovering on the brink of being in the 190s ... come on in, the water's lovely! :)
Thank you for stopping by my blog. Hugs. Where are you located at? I should ahve alerted you ahead of time. You can visit us at our Portland weekend racing. that is coming up. But July 11 we do kent, WA. I'll keep you informed. Hugs Debbie 2798 days ago