Monday, September 17, 2012
I feel like such an oddball. I didnít have dramatic amounts of weight to lose. I never yo-yo dieted. I was always rather content with my pear shaped body and I was always active and fit.
However, by age 61 I was carrying 30 lbs more than in college (20 lbs more than after 3 pregnancies) and I just didnít want to show up for my retirement physical and have to move that big 150 lb weight on the doctorís scale. Plus, my 5K times had been getting gradually slower and I decided that I would be better off if my heart and lungs didnít have to drag that extra weight up those hills.
So what to do? I was already running 20 miles per week and drinking only water (after my morning coffee & OJ). So much for ďeasyĒ stuff Ė move more and cut out soda. Fortunately I love numbers and data, so I began tracking my food on a different website, less comprehensive than SP, and using SP for the articles and information.
I was amazed and impressed by all the stories of great success, but didnít feel comfortable joining in. I reached my goal weight (22 lbs lost), but compared to everyone else, it seemed like so whatÖ big deal. So I kept quiet. I didnít even use a ďticker.Ē
But I discovered that I love eating healthy and knowing whatís in my food. I love planning the day using the tracker and playing ďwhat if I eat this and not that?Ē I love my food scale and improving my ability to estimate weight and portions, and I still love to read about everyone elseís successes.
So as I approach 3 years of maintenance at goal weight (132-135), I joined the Maintenance Team. Maintenance difficulties are universal, no matter how much we weigh. Now I hope to find my voice. Maybe thereís someone else out there like me?