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The Difference Those Last Pounds Make

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Back when I restarted my journey in February 2010, I decided that I wanted to settle on a weight that I felt I could sustain even if that meant I was a little bit heavier than where I would ideally like to be. I thought it would be better for me to find a place I could stay rather than focusing on a specific number that might not be realistic for me given my past history of losses and regains.

Back in September 2011, I got down to a weight where I finally started feeling normal again, which was about 175 pounds.

Although I felt good, I thought I could keep going and aim for a weight that was at the top of the range for my age and height, 158, a weight I reached in March 2012.

At that point, I decided to start transitioning to maintenance and would be happy where I landed by focusing on a fitness and eating plan I could live with forever. That's brought me to where I've been since June, which has been between 145 and 150. In this picture, I'm 147.

Apart from the noticeable size difference, I also felt a dramatic physical change with those last 25-30 pounds. Almost all of my back and neck pain went away, problems that I still had at 175, and I was able to physically do much more. I could run faster, lift more weight and just plain get around more easily. And most importantly, my goal range is one I feel like I can sustain. Contrary to what I had initially thought, I've found that a goal range that's comfortably under the upper limit of what's considered healthy for my age and height is also one that's sustainable. I also feel like I've reached the right balance between seeing a number on the scale that makes me happy and being happy with my appearance and physical health--all important considerations in my opinion.

I'm so thankful for everything that I've learned over the course of this journey and that achieving and sustaining a healthy weight was doable for me. It's taken some patience and a whole lot of trial and error but I have finally arrived at the place I've always wanted to be and couldn't be happier!
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