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Now What?


Sunday, March 17, 2013

For someone who is just about to celebrate 4 years of maintaining an 80 pound weight loss, perhaps today is just another day. (Forgive me. I estimated for the At Goal & Maintaining Team the wrong date -- about 2 weeks early. I looked it up. I made my Weight Watcher goal weight on March 21, 2009. So I had a little premature celebrating.)

Then again, perhaps today is not just another day. Today I am celebrating an 86 pound weight loss. I am celebrating that for the first time in over a year I do not want to lose weight. And I do not want to gain weight. I truly want to maintain this weight of 126.0. I may still get stronger. I may still run faster. I may be able to improve my body composition, reducing body fat and increasing muscle. But I'll be happy if the scale stays right where it is!!

Now what? Well, reality is that my weight won't stay right where it is. It will fluctuate. And I've learned for the most part it will fluctuate up, not down. So I won't change what I'm eating until I am to the point that 126 is my "default" weight. Right now, if I relax a bit, I'll weigh 128 or 128.x. So I call 128 my default weight. I'm not trying to get under my goal weight in order to splurge. I find I can eat socially and most of the time keep my nutrition, with the possible exception of sodium when I'm not in control of the food, in line. I am working to extinguish what is left of an old binge eating compulsion. At the moment, I feel like it is conquered, but I know that feeling can be an illusion so I am on guard.

So for now really nothing changes. Except. Except. A big except. I look at the scale and I can't help but smile.
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IAMWINNING 3/18/2013 3:45PM

    You've earned that big emoticon - Celebrate!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 3/18/2013 7:27AM

    I'm smiling right along with you. Congratulations!

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_LINDA 3/17/2013 9:36PM

    Congratulations for finally achieving that goal weight you so desperately have watched every ounce of the scale to finally see!! Such determination and perseverance deserved to be rewarded! Now that same dogged digging in will see to you maintaining this new truly happy weight! You will have to change all your notes to now reflect that 86 pound loss! Four years of incredible maintaining! If you start to build muscle and lose body fat, I fear your scale may go up as muscle is heavier than fat as you know. Hope you will be okay with that! Just know there are a lot of your fans getting inspiration how you can do anything you put your mind to and there is no such thing as lack of time if you can do it looking full time after two young children!! Keep on being the amazing Spark lighting the flame under quite a few butts to get moving and losing! I for one look forward to your continued achievements in running!

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AQUAGIRL08 3/17/2013 8:24PM

    I'm emoticon with you!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/17/2013 7:59PM

    You deserve as many kudos for maintaining your goal weight as for meeting it! Keep giving yourself credit for keeping it off as you go forth:)

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TINAJANE76 3/17/2013 6:31PM

    Many congratulations on your upcoming maintenance anniversary! I know how great it feels to hit these anniversaries on point with where you want to be and I'm so happy that's where you're at. Here's to many more years of successful maintenance!
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BOOKAPHILE 3/17/2013 4:08PM

    Lovely to reach your goal and now tweak what you do until it's the default. Congratulations!!! You encourage those of us who aren't quite there yet.

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FREELADY 3/17/2013 2:42PM

    Can you grasp what a door of HOPE this is for me....to hear you say you used to have difficulty with binge eating, so you're on guard....in the context of four years' maintenance, in the context of a superb 10K, and in the context of a full, happy, generous life....you give a face and a form to the phrase that true change is possible!!!

It is heartening that I, yes I, who needs to lose 80 pounds, can look forward to one day deliberating about tweaking my intake to be consistent at 126 instead of 128!

Thank you, thank you for thinking out loud so that we who are looking up that steep hill we have yet to climb can hear you say the view from the top is worth it!

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OOLALA53 3/17/2013 2:16PM

    Accepting that this is who you are now and this is how you eat now is not the same as being complacent.

T hanks for your comment on my blog about Volumetrics, though I don't see how you need any help! Except support in just sticking with the kind of eating that satisfies and makes you feel vital.

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GABY1948 3/17/2013 12:01PM

    emoticon I am so excited with you/for you no matter what the correct day is! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 3/17/2013 11:46AM

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You're smiling. And there's a whole bunch of us here smiling right along with you!!

Awesome!! I'm hoping you're thoroughly enjoying feeling good about yourself, which is just what you deserve. Maintaining that feeling has to be as important (or more important) than maintaining a specific/particular weight . . . although that takes a whole lot of effort as we know only too well!!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/17/2013 11:46AM

    You deserve to celebrate your success! And by celebrate, I mean LIFE, such as running your races, continuing to challenge yourself, maintaining your healthy balance. You are such a Spark success and I could NOT be more happy for you. I know you will continue to inspire the Spark community, and those in your "real" life. I can't wait to see what you'll do next!

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MEXGAL1 3/17/2013 11:39AM

    Keep on smiling! You deserve it for all your hard work.
Happy St. Patty's Day!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/17/2013 10:33AM

    emoticon emoticon Marsha, by personal observation? A huge smile is your "default" expression. Maybe it's because you're now healthy and happy with your life. Here's to keeping it that way... which truly is the ongoing journey we call "maintenance".

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JOYINKY 3/17/2013 10:23AM

    emoticon I'm happy for you! Congratulations!

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PARKERB2 3/17/2013 10:04AM

    You really look good and I know youu feel good about everything especially yourself and your accomplishments. Hope you have a good day. Good luck with maintaining.

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COCK-ROBIN 3/17/2013 10:00AM

    And you have a lot to smile about!

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COCK-ROBIN 3/17/2013 10:00AM

    And you have a lot to smile about!

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NELLJONES 3/17/2013 9:32AM

    I find that my binge tendency or my grazing tendency is only in abeyance One Day At A Time. I refresh my attitude every morning, and never let myself think I've got this thing licked. Every day is a gift provided I maintain my gratitude for the day.

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TORTISE110 3/17/2013 9:22AM

    Great work. Why not a safe range? I like knowing up a few, down a few. All in range!

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MAGGIE101857 3/17/2013 9:16AM

    Amazing accomplishments my friend!!!

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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 3/17/2013 9:09AM

    Awesome blog... Congratulations on your weight loss and maintaining that loss! Maintaining and keeping wight off, I think is not as easy as loosing the weight.

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