One year maintenance anniversary today!!
Saturday, December 15, 2012
I decided I needed to lose weight two days before this photo:
Every time I look at this photo I remember how awful I was feeling about myself. My desire to change was extremely strong - strong enough to join spark people!!
My first goal was to fit into my wedding dress again:
That was achieved about two months after I started sparkpeople. The dress looks better on me in that photo than it ever did on my wedding day!
Then I hit my goal weight just before Christmas:
And then became a serious runner (still surprises both me and my family!)
I have gone on to lose more weight and I think my body and my mind has finally settled at 54kg (119lbs):
I know there are those who feel maintenance begins when you stop losing weight, but I definitely went through a transition period, where I was figuring out just how many calories I needed to eat to maintain my weight and also, the more emotional acceptance that I had reached my goal and it was okay to eat more food. I did suffer with the worry that I would end up gaining all the weight I had lost back again. I'm feeling much more confident now about my ability to stick with it!! I feel that it is important for me to acknowledge achieving my initial goal weight because that had been my dream weight for my entire adult life. The fact that I have surpassed that, is simply the cherry on top!!
All I did was track my calories and exercise - every day! The trick is consistency with those two things. Using the options such as blogging, spark teams, and spark articles adds the external motivation when things are hard.
Now, I know statistically, I have a while to go before I can feel totally secure in my weight loss, which is why I'm still on sparkpeople. The need for support doubles after maintenance because 'living skinny' was definitely a mental adjustment for me (still is, sometimes!). But, the joy at reaching my goal is indescribable!! I'm very glad I made the change a year ago, and extremely grateful to be where I am now.