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A year in maintenance

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

In some ways, I still can't believe it.
If you had told me in May 2011 that I would lose weight gradually over 6 months - to a weight I had not been for about 15 years, and then maintain that weight loss for 12 months (which includes 6 months with little cardio due to a persistent cough). . I don't think I would have believed you.

I joined SP, and straight away went on an educational journey. I followed the stages, sometimes suspending my disbelief - and read the articles religiously.

It is this knowledge which has helped me the most. I believe that I know too much to ever go back to how I lived before.

I am not perfect. I overeat sometimes, but I always come back to what makes me feel good. Plenty of fruit and veges, lean protein, quality carbs, water, exercise & sleep.

Writing the first paragraph of this blog showed me something I had never realised before. I was plagued by mild depression for about 15 years - which is the same 15 years that saw my weight creep up from about 59kg (130lbs) to 75kg (165lbs). I don't know if it was a sedentary lifestyle and less than nutritious diet that caused the depression, or vice versa. What I do know, is that now I have changed my eating habits and made regular exercise a part of life, the depression has evaporated. And I am back around the weight I was before.

Another thing I know is that I will keep doing what I am doing as long as I am able. It is worth it.
I am worth it.

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