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I've Arrived! (Pic)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

At 131.5 pounds, as of today I'm technically within my maintenance range (of 128-132) for the first time. This is my monthly photo, the first one that shows the "new me":



I'm not quite to my magic number of 130, and given that I'm slowly shifting into maintenance mode, it might still be awhile until I get there, even though it's only a pound and a half. I'm actually expecting to bounce up a bit, now that my muscles are storing glycogen from the weight training program I just started.

But that kind of mental back-and-forth is a relic of my weight obsession during this weight loss process. Now that I'm transitioning to maintenance, I'm trying to remember that the reason why I wanted to lose the weight is so that I could LIVE more fully, and that involves more than going into emotional contortions over my weight! Not that monitoring the scale isn't important for weight management--if you've read my blogs on maintenance planning you know I take it very seriously.

But what I want to do is keep my eye on the prize: being (and staying) healthy and fit. And I'm there! Today I ran 9 miles and LOVED it. Tonight I'm preparing a crock pot full of steel cut oats for healthy homemade apple cinnamon oatmeal. Tomorrow I'm a parent volunteer at my kids' running club. Tomorrow night I'm making roasted root vegetables for dinner. The day after that, I'm chaperoning a field trip which I never would have been able to do before because I wouldn't have been able to keep up. Before I go, I'll run 6 miles and I'll lift weights for 40 minutes. I have a meeting this weekend with a friend, but instead of going out for coffee and donuts, we're going to go on a walk-and-talk instead.

It feels so amazing to have the energy to take the stairs two at a time, or to charge up a hill when I'm running, or to hop up on the counter to reach something from a high cupboard (yes, I'm 5'3"!). Just the everyday bounce in my step is such a gift, along with the positivity, can-do energy, and extra boost I have every day. Back when I was 196.5 pounds, everything felt like an effort or a struggle, like I was swimming upstream all the time. I'll never let that happen to myself again; this new life I lead is too precious.

The change in my habits and my outlook is what means I've arrived in my new "home." Life has changed, and it feels good. So good! That I know.
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THRASHEJ 9/17/2012 11:19AM

    Yes, it is true that if you've never been fit before you don't know how miserable it is to be overweight and out of shape. That helps a lot when it comes to maintaining. I like being able to take stairs two at a time without even a huff, sprint after my kids (and catch them!) without a second thought. I love teaching my kids the importance of being out and active every day. Out of shape people don't know what they are missing, literally.

You really look awesome! You are truly an inspirational story and have a great attitude. I hope you are getting some ripped muscles to go along with that skinny bod! :)

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KAPELAKIN 9/16/2012 6:08PM

    Congratulations, you look fantastic!

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BEECHNUT13 9/15/2012 8:21AM

    Yay, Peri! You look great, and you sound like you're really enjoying living your life to the fullest. You deserve this! :)

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SNUZSUZ 9/14/2012 10:40AM

    Wow! That is awesome!

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KENDAL0525 9/14/2012 10:02AM

    So awesome! Congrats! Hey - how do you make those side by side photos. I would love to start doing that but have no idea how.

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BELLEFAITH42 9/14/2012 9:19AM

    So inspiring. I loved your quote on the DailySpark today. It is my motivation for moving forward! Thank-you! emoticon

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TIFFANYACHING 9/14/2012 7:28AM

    Inspirational, great to hear that you and your kids are getting so much joy out of what you've achieved, keep up the good work!

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MARTHAWILL 9/13/2012 8:25PM

    So very terrific. Well done. Thanks for the inspiration.

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RANDOM00B 9/13/2012 2:35PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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BOOKWORM27S 9/13/2012 12:35PM

    Congrats!
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TLOVESC1125 9/13/2012 11:25AM

  How great! You have given me the motivation that I needed for today to keep plugging away towards my weight loss goals. Thank you.

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MJZHERE 9/13/2012 11:01AM

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YELLOWDAHLIA 9/13/2012 10:47AM

    Awesome!!!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/13/2012 9:55AM

    You look terrific! Mega-congrats!

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TINAJANE76 9/13/2012 9:52AM

    Many congratulations on getting into your maintenance range! I look forward to continuing to cheer you on!
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IGNAZIA 9/13/2012 8:54AM

    Awesome!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/13/2012 6:42AM

    emoticon You look great! This is your new life and home! Hang about for a while... say... the rest of your life... and savor those things of which you speak.

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COSMICWATCHER 9/13/2012 5:19AM

    awwww! incredible! your body is amazing! and you can wear shorts too! keep it that way!

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OLIVIANIGHT 9/13/2012 5:13AM

    Ah I feel so inspired and determined right now!

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SWEDE_SU 9/13/2012 4:54AM

    fantastic! just look at the list of things you can do now! emoticon emoticon

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POPSY190 9/13/2012 2:36AM

    emoticon on both your achievement of goal and your new mindset which will stand you in good stead in maintenance.

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EWL978 9/13/2012 12:40AM

    Congratulations!! Gives me hope to continue on!!!!

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NPA4LOSS 9/12/2012 11:59PM

    emoticon emoticon Thank you for sharing your success story with us. It gives us all hope for continuing on this journey! emoticon

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NANCYRUBIO 9/12/2012 11:53PM

    Just post it and be proud--it will be another incentive.

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ROOSTER72 9/12/2012 11:51PM

    Great blog. Welcome to maintenance!

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SASSY_N_CLASSY 9/12/2012 11:43PM

    congrats on arriving!!! I hope to be pretty much about where you are one day. that said I can only imagine the state of flux you are in mentally, which you articulated very well. I never even thought about what it would be like to actually reach the goal. I think that actually kind of scares me a little but to know that shifting from weight loss to maintenance is a struggle for someone else is comforting. Good on you for posting about it and good on you for getting out there and living life!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/12/2012 11:22PM

    emoticon to your new home!

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SUNPANTHER 9/12/2012 11:15PM

    Congratulations! Well done on the mental gymnastics too, to focus on your overall wellbeing. Sometimes a little untangling is in order, but you've done it! And 9 miles...just wow. My running goal (to be met in about a year) is to run 1 hour (about 10ks) 5-6 days a week.

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