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Day 185 of the food log and I have reached the top of my goal range!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

I was struggling to decide where to place my goal range, and at what point I would move myself from "weight loss" mode to "maintenance mode" for tracking my new goal of days, then months, then years in a goal range. On the one hand I know that the weight I am this morning will not be the weight that I maintain. It is, however, a very nice weight. I am healthy, I can run for the first time in my life, my belly is flat (sort of, I have skin, all my skin) I eat to 80% full almost all the time. I am not going to eat more because I met the top of my range. I am also not going to eat less. Ever. I am almost uncomfortably hungry some days, and mildly hungry a fair part of every other day. I have no idea where I will end up in the 20 pound range that I set this morning for my maintenance range. I am certain that I will not go below that range, and I feel that I will not be at my peak health if I go above it. So this is it, today i enter maintenance land, and I plan to continue to be a falling leaf until I reach the place where the weight loss stops on it's own. I needed to do this, because changing focus will relieve some of the pressure I have been putting on myself to "hurry up and get to goal". I am in it. Now comes the truly hard part. I can dance like a fiend, I can run and jump, I can climb, I can swim, I can play. I am not so good at standing still :).
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MPLSLINDA 10/25/2012 2:16PM

    So awesome!

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PHEBESS 10/25/2012 11:43AM

    YAAAAAAAY!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!

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SUZYMOBILE 10/25/2012 9:20AM

    Congratulations!! And you're so right that this is the hard part. Reaching a long-held goal can be like the letdown after a heavily rehearsed performance. Maybe, instead of having weight loss as a goal, you could set some different goals? Increasing numbers of reps? The 100-pushup or sit up challenge? A TKD black belt? The world is yours now!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/25/2012 9:09AM

    Congratulations and welcome to maintenance land! It's a wonderful place. No need to "hurry up" here either. I'm the queen of turtles and it's we tortoises who eventually win the race. Slow and steady, hang in there!

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