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Now And Beyond

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Over the holidays, I ate an increase of breads, cookies, cakes, and pies. Part of it was due to enjoying the holiday season, but it was also part of an experiment. I wanted to see how these things effected my weight.

It seemed like I was enjoying in 'moderation,' maybe one a day, but my weight made a slow creep upwards. I gained about 5lbs from November to January.

After the New Year, I eliminated all baked goods, and the weight came off. With the exception of the two month 'break,' I've been under 130lbs for approximately 1.5 years.

The temptation is to see whether I could lose even more weight. Could I go below 120? Maybe, but I probably won't. I'm not motivated enough to try. I'm happy enough with how I look and feel. My weight doesn't hinder or limit my activities anymore. My last physical came out perfect - normal blood pressure, cholesterol, fasting blood sugar, and triglycerides. These were all borderline when I was 140lbs.

I'll be 40 in a couple of years, and I know that my needs will change when I eventually get to peri-menopause and menopause. I'll have to learn a whole new set of rules.

It took me 10 years to figure out how to get where I am now. I'm hoping someone will figure out the next stage before I get there so I can ride their coattails.
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    I'm still learning what works with my body & metabolism. It seems that balanced eating is just about right, but I'm not sure. I have to sit down and look at it carefully.

    I'm glad you found out what works for your body at this time. emoticon emoticon
    1320 days ago
    We never quit learning! I'm 78 and just learned a few tricks myself. That "just this one small bite" never worked for me.
    1320 days ago
    Oh I think you are the one my friend who figures things out so we can ride on your coattails! Thank you for such great, insightful blogs. emoticon
    1320 days ago
    LOL! Probably won't be me! I'm still trying to figure out how to get myself to get a good night's sleep more than once a week!
    1320 days ago
    It sound like you have a great plan for maintenance! I can't wait to get there!
    1320 days ago
  • KELPIE57
    You have found your own way....well done !
    1320 days ago
    It sounds as though you are in a good place right now. If you are happy with your health numbers and feel overall good about yourself, that is probably a great place to stay as long as you are able to maintain. Coming from someone who has done this many times before it absolutely does get harder as you get older. If you can ingrain the habits in your brain that you have learned now it will be that much easier down the road.!!! emoticon
    1320 days ago
    I was all good until I was 45. Then I hit the wall and everything had to change. I've been fighting that battle for a couple years now. I have learned something - its easier to do the younger you are.
    1320 days ago
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