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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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MOM-MOM8 12/25/2012 8:09AM

    What wonderful words of inspiration that the pounds can be kept off! Have a Merry Christmas and enjoy your family and friends. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MIMIDOT 12/25/2012 8:05AM

    Good for you! Enjoy your family. Merry Christmas!

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BECKYANNE1 12/25/2012 7:51AM

    Such a wonderful blog! Unfortunately my kids are still home so all the food I cook stays here. I've learned to leave it alone though most of the time. I'm just starting maint. now and I hope I am as successful as you. Have a wonderful holiday!

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CFMOSS 12/25/2012 7:33AM

    Good healthy journeying.

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TDEMAIO2 12/25/2012 7:18AM

    GREAT : ) Thank you for sharing and have a VERY Merry Christmas with you family :D

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123ELAINE456 12/25/2012 7:08AM

  Merry Christmas. Happy Birthday Jesus. Jesus Is The Reason For The Season.I enjoyed your Blog very much. You are doing Great. God Bless You and Have a Lovely Day. Stay Safe and Warm. Take Care.

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MOBYCARP 12/25/2012 6:33AM

    Limitations, indeed. And they change over time. I've only been maintaining for 14 months, and I see my food limitations change as my life changes. Your blog points out the likelihood that they will also change long term as I age. Good calorie-free food for thought.

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OFGREENGABLES 12/25/2012 6:08AM

    memories - that's what's important. thanks for the reminder.

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LRSILVER 12/25/2012 6:07AM

    Wonderful. I a getting near goal ad know that maintaining is the real challenge. I am proud of how you are able to keep it off.WTG

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KELLYPAQ 12/25/2012 5:33AM

    I like that last line, "Memories are calorie free". Have a wonderful time with your family.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/25/2012 4:54AM

    emoticon one day i hope to say the have a very welsh name there.are you welsh by any chance.just curious coming from wales myself.keep om keeping on and a merry christmas and happy new year.

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REGILIEH 12/25/2012 4:50AM

    This was emoticon ! I love the remembering the events but not the food. I also liked the limitations not visible to others. All very insightful. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANGIEN9 12/25/2012 4:24AM

    Good job and Merry Christmas to you!! May you always have the memories of Christmas in your heart
to keep you happy all year long!


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STEVIEBEE569 12/25/2012 3:28AM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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LIBBYL1 12/25/2012 2:21AM

  have a wonderful time with family and friends - and thank you!

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PINKNFITCARLA 12/24/2012 6:52PM

    emoticon emoticon and Merry Christmas! emoticon emoticon

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 12/24/2012 4:32PM

    What a warm, touching blog. Loved it!

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VINGRAM 12/24/2012 4:27PM

    Memories....that's what it's all about! emoticon

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KENTUCKYWOMAN 12/24/2012 2:14PM

    I love my friend.

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CELIAMINER 12/24/2012 11:30AM

    Nell, I'm so happy for you that you got a handle on your weight long ago. I wish I had done the same, but I didn't, so there's nothing to do but go forward from this point. Thank you for continuing to inspire us with a great example of healthy weight maintenance and with advice on how to do it.

Merry Christmas!

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JEANNE229 12/24/2012 11:26AM

    Nell, you are an amazing role model for those who need to learn what YOU have experienced.

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/24/2012 10:10AM

    very good blog, and the cycle of life continues.

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WATERMELLEN 12/24/2012 10:02AM

    Great great blog and so timely. Congrats to you on your very long-term maintenance, on adjusting your maintenance calorie range as was necessary to sustain maintenance, and on having established yourself as a role model for all your "normal weight" family. That's a huge accomplishment.

Managing my food limitations is just like managing any other limitation: I cannot eat the way "other" people do (or think they can) and I have to accept that. Right now with regular vigorous exercise including cardio and ST I can maintain at about 10 calories per pound of desired weight . . . but I'm thinking that will need to be adjusted downwards to 8 or fewer calories per pound as I get older. I'm good with that.

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WILLOWBROOK5 12/24/2012 10:01AM

    What an inspiration! I am trying to wrap my brain around 42 years (where does the time go?), much less 42 years at a healthy weight. Congratulations and savor your wonderful Christmas moments!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/24/2012 9:41AM

    There is such wisdom in this statement: "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. "

I lived in denial about my limitations for many decades, and it resulted in a yo-yo on the scale. Now that I accept them (for today), not so much yo-yo... so, here's to accepting our limitations and building a LIFE!

Merry Christmas, enjoy Grandma-ing! emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 12/24/2012 9:39AM

    Congratulations Nell. You are so emoticon Merry Christmas to you and yours. I love your statement that Memories are calorie Free. I met WW goal in 1972. It has been a bit of a battle to maintain, but well worth the effort.

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SWEDE_SU 12/24/2012 9:38AM

    wow! you are truly an inspiration - i won't ever be able to say 41 years (it will put me past 100!), but i hope i can say 31 years, and it will be people like you that will give me the push to do it! congratulations and enjoy your family holiday!

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JACKIE542 12/24/2012 9:22AM

    Congratulations! Have a Merry Christmas. emoticon

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TINAJANE76 12/24/2012 9:07AM

    You're such an inspiration, Nell! I hope I'll be able to look back in 41+ years and say that I've had the same success as you have. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas filled with many memorable moments.

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