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I reached goal weight 42 years ago!

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Monday, December 24, 2012

I am not quite sure of the exact date, it was really a long time ago, but it was about Christmastime 1970. My goal has dropped since then; as I've gotten older I can't carry the same amount of weight. I weigh about 10 pounds less now than my original 21 year old goal. I sure can't eat as much as I did back then. If I ate today what I ate to lose when I was 21, I'd GAIN weight. I remember gaining 10 pounds over menopause, but that was about accepting a radical change in how my body worked, and once I accepted the new limitations (arrgghh!) that weight came off.

Is it easy? Well, it's easy-ER, but not always easy. A goal doesn't need to be easy in order to be achieved. I remember the events of the last 42 years vividly, but not so much the food that accompanied them. There's a lesson in that. I eat to my Plan and enjoy the events. That's how I have a life worth remembering.

Some people tell me that I must be very strong to be able to stay at goal weight, but it isn't true. People with physical limitations learn to live with them because they have no choice and it's obvious. I have food limitations and I DO have a choice, but I accept them and live within them. It's not always easy, but limitations are limitations even when they are invisible to others.

And today I will be prepping the big dinner here tomorrow. I am now Grandma. The big dinners we had every year at my mother's are now here. Most of the older generation is gone, just Mom now, but lots of new family members in the newest generation. I get to feed them, which gives me the opportunity to cook mounds of food. They are all of normal weight, so they'll eat and drink moderately (how did I manage to have moderate kids???) and they take all the rest home. I'll be left with a safe, warm house with lots of happy memories in the very air. Memories are calorie free and I feast on them.

Have a glorious Christmas everyone!!
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JANETTEB553 12/25/2012 6:47PM

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KAYYVAUGHN 12/25/2012 6:07PM

    You made a good point.

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MOMFAN 12/25/2012 5:59PM

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Merry Christmas!!

Congrats and thanks for sharing!!

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ALIDOSHA 12/25/2012 5:22PM

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 12/25/2012 4:25PM

    Memories are indeed the best feast of all. Enjoy those special moments with your family. You have had an interesting journey thus far. It is always exciting to see what the next step is. You set a good example for many. emoticon

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MJ7DM33 12/25/2012 3:31PM

  emoticon I love the perspective that you have of memories as being calorie free and they really are, and that you feast on them!

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SUSIEMT 12/25/2012 2:32PM

    Good Blog Nell. It can be done!

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JAVAGAL47 12/25/2012 1:54PM

    Nell, what a great inspiring message to us all.

Thanks so much, and Merry Christmas to you and yours too.

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THOMS1 12/25/2012 1:40PM

    emoticon That is so cool. What a journey! emoticon

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GABY1948 12/25/2012 1:39PM

    Merry Christmas!

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 12/25/2012 1:05PM

    very inspiring story

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WALLINMW 12/25/2012 12:57PM

  Merry Christmas!

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DALID414 12/25/2012 12:21PM

    Very inspiring

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RAINBOWMF 12/25/2012 12:16PM

    Enjoy you family.
Lovely blog

Mary

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GOPINTOS 12/25/2012 12:09PM

    Great Blog! Thank you for sharing!
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MOWINELADY 12/25/2012 12:05PM

    Merry Christmas and enjoy your family.

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GRAMPIAN 12/25/2012 11:40AM

  Have a happy day!

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GIRLINMOTION 12/25/2012 11:22AM

    Merry Christmas and many more good memories.

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SHIRLEY721 12/25/2012 11:17AM

    I'm sure you fed your children the right diet as you raised them. emoticon

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JANETRIS 12/25/2012 11:12AM

    Congratulations on your many years of success! Your realistic and positive outlook have worked well for you. Have fun with the family this holiday and feasting on all the memories afterwards! emoticon

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ILIKETOZUMBA 12/25/2012 11:00AM

    Sounds wonderful! Congratulations on your amazing successful maintenance and on raising such healthy kids. :) Enjoy your family and have a wonderful Christmas!

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KRISUA 12/25/2012 10:48AM

    Merry Christmas!

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SHERIO5 12/25/2012 10:39AM

    Your blog is very inspirational!
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Have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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JUNEAU2010 12/25/2012 10:18AM

    I love your perspective! I always muse about the thoughts that a woman has when the holiday traditions become hers and are no longer her mother's. Quite a paradigm shift. I am someone who has physical limitations, but I never quite thought about the reality that I also have food limitations. Somehow, instead of it feeling like a "can't have", you've put it in a very freeing manner.

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MIDROAD 12/25/2012 9:57AM

    One of the best blogs I've read, ever!
Blessings to you friend Nell for sharing your insights with us!

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BRENS4 12/25/2012 9:56AM

  Thank you for sharing. Have a Merry Christmas.

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KARRENLYNN 12/25/2012 9:50AM

    Life is all about choices and making the good ones for yourself. The more and better choices you make for yourself, the better you can be for others. Sounds like you have it all figured out. I hope you have a happy and healthy holiday surrounded by lots of family and great memories.

Karen

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CICELY360 12/25/2012 9:41AM

  good blog

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NASFKAB 12/25/2012 9:39AM

  great blog all the best

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MILLEDGE2 12/25/2012 9:28AM

    Great take-away from this: ine remembers the experiences but not the foods. I will keep that on my radar today and through the social challenges of this week. THANK YOU and I hope your gathering is a great and memorable success!

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LYNCHD05 12/25/2012 9:22AM

    This was the perfect blog to read this Christmas mornIng as I sit here wating for my coffee to fiNish brewing. It is in my hands how I manage this day. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
Merry Christmas.

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TEACHING1ST 12/25/2012 9:13AM

    What a delightful read early in the morning. Congratulations on finding the secret to getting it off and keeping it off---and for raising kids with no food issues! As you say, you are now in charge and that's the best thing. Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year...great choices and great inspirations to come.

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DJSHIP46 12/25/2012 8:55AM

    You are an inspiration :) Thank you for sharing!

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REDHEADMOM2U 12/25/2012 8:54AM

    Wonderful!


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CLAIREINPARIS 12/25/2012 8:42AM

    This is so inspiring! Many thanks for sharing your experience with us. I think you have 'moderate' children because you were such a good role model to them!

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KANOE10 12/25/2012 8:41AM

    Great blog. You have a successful life of maintenance. You aRE SO INSPIRATIONAL. Yet you do make us realize that it is always being mindful with limitations that may be invisible to others.
Love the memories have no calories.

Have a wonderful Xmas.

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WILSONWR 12/25/2012 8:15AM

    Congratulations on actually achieving the healthy lifestyle we all seek! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and that you will make Christmas memories for your kids and grandkids like your mother did for you!

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NEPTUNE1939 12/25/2012 8:14AM

    Merry Christmas

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