Thursday, June 14, 2012
Sometimes, when we've never been thin or haven't been for a long time, we can only guess what our ultimate "goal weight" will be. More than a specific number, I've decided I'll know exactly when my weight loss journey will be over and I'll be ready to enter maintenance. I'll know I'm done...
...when I no longer feel the compulsion to step on the scale daily and see the numbers decrease.
...when I can see my collarbones completely and distinctly.
...when my chest shrinks to a normal (for me) size (around 36C).
...when I regain my normal body shape, somewhere between hourglass and upper triangle.
...when I shop for clothes I love and that fit my style, rather than for clothes that make me look thinner or fit a certain number.
...when I feel attractive or sexy again, and don't mind dressing up.
...when I stop measuring my food.
...when I look thin (ie "normal") in pictures even in funny positions/angles or in awkward-fitting clothes.
...when I look in the mirror and feel satisfied with what I see.
...when I can go to the doctor without worrying about stepping on their scale.
...when I fit into my wedding dress again (about 6-8 inches around the bust and waist to go!).
...when I look at pictures of me next to people of all sizes, big or small, and feel okay with my size in relation to them.
...when I no longer think about food constantly - planning out meals, ideas, snacks, and times, etc.
...when I feel confident in public without constantly verifying the lay of my clothes, my posture, etc.
...when I'm comfortable taking a single picture, rather than multiple shots, and don't worry how it'll turn out.
...when I look at those pictures afterwards and am satisfied (not asking to be happy constantly, just satisfied).
...when I stop comparing my current self with old pictures.
...when I can honestly say I'm a success story (because no matter what anyone tells me right now, I feel like I'm a success-in-progress, not a completed story).
...when I feel and look fit and healthy, rather than super-thin.
...when I no longer care if I lose another pound, because I'm happy just the way I am.