For the first time in months, I'm really, truly motivated. I'm going on a full week of solid eating-within-my-range... even in the bottom of my range! I've lost 3 solid pounds. I'm SO proud of myself. I've been making healthy choices, even getting a little activity in. Not as much as I want to be doing, but regularly.
Today while having tea with friends (real, British tea mind you. Complete with cucumber sandwiches) one of them made a good point. (One of the friends made a good point... not one of the sandwiches.)
I maintained my weight within 3 lbs for 6 months. This definitely wasn't a plateau; I wasn't doing much right for weight loss. I was maintaining.
In so doing I may have actually reset my body's set point. I taught my body that it's okay to be this weight, instead of 211 lbs. That's progress.
So I'm on a downward trend again. My goal is at least 1lb a week from here on out. It's already getting easier to eat at this lowered calorie range; I think my slow decline from the maintenance level I was eating at has let my body adjust naturally.
So, the long of it is that I'm comfortable between 1500-1700 calories. I finally reset my nutrition goals to account for my lowered activity level, and it gave me a range of 1,470 - 1,820. So, I'm right where I need to be!
It's been fun finding healthy ways to feed myself. I've been making an effort to lower my sodium intake, too, and I think that's healthy. I'm going on 3 days now under 3,000. That's progress, considering I've been over 4-5,000 lately. ;)
I think going broke and having no money to eat out is really, really helping my nutritional progress. (I won't call it a diet. I'm NOT on a diet!)
So my goal is going to be to continue to progress on this nutritional intake, and start slowly adding in more exercise. I'm capable of plenty of exercise, I just don't want to catapult myself into overtraining or burnout.
So there we go. I finally have motivation, and I'll fully admit that for all my crowing about my weight not being that important to me, losing 3 lbs in a week has certainly not hurt my confidence one bit. :) And yes, I finally counted that 187, because it stayed for 2 days. ;)