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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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ALIHIKES 12/8/2012 3:18AM

    Wow, you look great! Congratulations on achieving and MAINTAINING a healthy weight, and making lifestyle changes that you can live with permanently! emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 12/8/2012 2:40AM

    I thought you looked great at 175 and 158, but I have to admit you look even better at 147! Congratulations, Tina, for all your hard work and achievements, they are an encouragement and an inspiration for us all.

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ADVENTURESEEKER 12/5/2012 11:50AM

    Way to go on dropping those last couple pounds! emoticon

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ROSET491 12/1/2012 8:46PM

    Love this posts & all the responses!

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KANOE10 12/1/2012 7:32AM

    Great job on your weight loss. Yes those last pounds make a huge difference.

You look wonderful!
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POINDEXTRA 11/29/2012 10:23PM

    My experience is similar - I set my initial goal at a bit higher than I wanted, just to make sure that I coiuld sustain it. Then I lost the next 10 pounds very slowly in maintenance.

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IRP1114 11/28/2012 6:49PM

    Congratulations! Way to go girl. Big differences in each picture. emoticon

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NEWMREY 11/26/2012 10:59AM

    emoticon I totally get this post. For me the extra 15 pounds really does make a difference, too!

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KELLYPAQ 11/26/2012 6:14AM

    Thanks for sharing your words and the pictures. Very inspiring.

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KATHIC2 11/25/2012 6:54AM

  You are very inspiring! You helped me out this morning and I thank you.

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/24/2012 10:19PM

    I love your posts. They are so helpful and inspiring. Like you, I have reached a lower weight than I originally aimed for. I hope I will have your success (and wisdom) as I continue in maintenance.
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PHEBESS 11/24/2012 7:41PM

    As always, you are wise and inspiring!

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CHARTHESTAR 11/24/2012 7:27PM

    Thank you for sharing! I have set a goal for myself- but also know that with SMARTER GOALS you must re-evaluate every so often and readjust your goals at that time.


Glad you found a place that you feel great and look great too!

Keep us posted on your successes! emoticon

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MJZHERE 11/24/2012 4:57PM

  I use to not gain much more than 10 lbs because my back would hurt so much I would have to take the weight off. Then it slowly crept to 15, 20 till it headed to 30 and I had a hard time walking across the floor. Looking back I think I learned to tolerate the pain more and more rather than deal with the weight. I am glad for you that you continued on and are reaping the benefits of those last pounds - for me they were a world of difference.

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WINDSURFNERD 11/24/2012 4:49PM

    emoticon on your insight and achieving your goal! I've also learned that even 5# can make a difference in how I feel and perform so it's worth it to keep searching for that place where you feel your best! emoticon
-Naomi

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/24/2012 4:44PM

    That's awesome, congratulations!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/24/2012 4:11PM

    Congratulations on your insight and success. Just try carrying around a pair of 12 or 15 lb weights to remember what it used to be like. You deserve to be very proud of yourself.

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ILOVEMALI 11/24/2012 4:05PM

    thanks for this insight.

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ANDI571 11/24/2012 3:20PM

    So glad you wrote this blog. I have been struggling whether to stop at an "easier" weight, or try and go on which seems to be taking forever. I have recently decided to go on. I'm glad to hear it is worth the work. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/24/2012 2:11PM

    This is absolutely key to the whole blog: "I would be happy where I landed by focusing on a fitness and eating plan I could live with forever."

I did the same, and my body responded by dropped to 20 pounds UNDER what I thought my goal weight would have been. And like you, I found an amazing difference in how easy things became... I run, swim, bike and BREATHE more freely than ever before. And like you, it's all about the lifestyle and the habits being sustainable. The scale will do what the scale will do. And I will be content.

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FITFOODIE806 11/24/2012 1:40PM

    I'm so happy for you! What a healthy, positive, happy blog. I love your attitude. And what a difference between 158 and 147! You look great!!

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MILLIE5522 11/24/2012 12:20PM

    What great pics! You look fantastic at your 147lb pic ....such an inspiration! emoticon

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KAPELAKIN 11/24/2012 11:11AM

    You look great, and I'm glad you've found such a healthy weight to be sustainable, too! Just a day or two ago I found pics from my Oct. 27 half marathon, where I weigh about 162, and happened to be wearing the same outfit as my May 2 10K weight 174, and I look SO MUCH slimmer with just 12 pounds off. It can seem imperceptible while it's happening, but the pics really tell the story.

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POOKASLUAGH 11/24/2012 11:02AM

    There's an amazing difference even between your 158 and 147 lb pictures. It gives me hope, because I still look at myself in the mirror and pictures and see how wide I am, and I want to look not so wide again! :D

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MANDELOVICH 11/24/2012 10:57AM

    You have always been so in tune with your body during this journey and it's really wonderful that you are reaping all the positive rewards!

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TONYA46 11/24/2012 10:48AM

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GINGERHAWK 11/24/2012 10:35AM

    What a dramatic difference from picture to picture! Better than looking great, it sounds like you feel great and are happy with where you're at. Nice job!!!

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KANOE10 11/24/2012 10:33AM

    That is a wonderful success story. I am so glad those last pounds helped in you health issues and your vitality. You look wonderful!

I also thought I would stop at 142 but ended up being happier at 128.

Great job on staying healthy and finding out what works for you!

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