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32 Pounds to Go!


Friday, June 14, 2013

So I tried all day yesterday to write up this post, but yesterday was absolute madness!

Anyway, yesterday was weigh-in day. I was a bit anxious getting on the scale. It hadn't been doing much moving, so I figured I was hitting a plateau (not desirable honestly, as I am paying for food for TSFL!). I was in for a pleasant surprise when the dial landed on "177" - a 3 pound lost! A new day, and a new Lowest Adult Weight!

I also realized that this means I have about 32 pounds to go to make my goal of 145 pounds. And now that I've gotten past the 183 previous Lowest Adult Weight, I feel confident that I *CAN* reach that goal.

As I near the end of my weight loss journey, there are a lot of feelings and thoughts that come to mind. First off, I've never actually COMPLETED a weight loss journey - making goals, reaching them, and hitting my target weight. Secondly, I am a bit nervous. Once I get to 145, that means getting into Maintenance mode, which, I think, is even HARDER than losing weight. It's pretty easy right now to say, "Can't eat this, don't want to" but can I do that once I'm at my goal? Seeing how far I've come, I hope so, but it is a concern. Thirdly, I'm super PROUD. I've lost 91 pounds! This is a HUGE accomplishment!

But the big thing I realize is this: The Weight Loss portion of my journey may be over, but the Health Journey will never end. The Weight Loss was just a small part of my goal for health. What is more important is embracing a healthy lifestyle - by being more active, drinking water, staying away from too much coffee (yes, coffee!) and soda, and avoiding fast food and unhealthy food choices. That part will never end.
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SMILES_CAN_DO 6/17/2013 11:36AM

  Congratulations!! You are awesome!! I'm sharing your joy! I agree maintenance is harder than weight loss, and weight loss is tough!! You have made a change in your lifestyle and I wish you only the best!!

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MSJESSPDX 6/17/2013 10:03AM

    Congrats! And yeah--being aware of the challenges that lie ahead one you're at goal weight is such a huge step! I was not, and regained almost half of an 80+ lb weight loss, which is where I am now. You're planning and anticipation is SMART. Enjoy the rest of the weight loss journey!!

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SNOWYOGA 6/14/2013 2:43PM

    emoticon Your doing a great job! And thanks for your blogs & sharing this with us, and letting us be a part of it! emoticon emoticon emoticon Your emoticon emoticon

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ICEDEMETER 6/14/2013 12:47PM

    There's such a thing as too much coffee?!? emoticon Sheesh, way to ruin my day...

I strongly feel that maintenance is only really difficult for those who carry through the "dieting" mentality, heave a sigh of relief for making it to goal, and merrily go back to the eating and (lack-of) fitness habits that got them overweight in the first place.

YOU are not on a diet - you are changing your life. Your focus is not on the number on the scale (that's a happy bonus), but on developing new eating preferences and activity habits that you want to keep and improve on forever. As long as you keep that focus (which, I grant you, has its own difficulties), then you'll have no problem with maintenance.

You have been doing so incredibly well with setting goals and successfully meeting them, that I can only envision you continuing to do so (new fitness goals; goals to experiment with new foods) through the rest of your life.

Besides, you are having fun with all of this, so why in the world would you want to lose that fun just because the scale says you're done?

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SALLYLEE84 6/14/2013 12:45PM

    CONGRATULATIONS! Yes I know that I yelled that at you, but I am so proud of your accomplishment. Weight loss is hard and I know you are an inspiration for so many of us. I have faith that maintnance won't be an issue and know if something does occur there is a great virtual community to support you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROCKLAND2010 6/14/2013 12:15PM

    Congratulations! You are doing a great job.
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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/14/2013 11:50AM

    That's AWESOME, congratulations!

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SIMONEKP 6/14/2013 11:46AM

    that's great, you can do it

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ADARKARA 6/14/2013 11:33AM

    You most certainly can do this! You're doing so fabulous and your positivity will pull you through. I have about 24 lbs to lose, and I've lost 90, so we're pretty close together on our journeys! Hopefully we can continue to support each other in maintenance (it scares me, too).

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FIRECOM 6/14/2013 11:32AM

    Great attitude. Remember that your altitude is determined by your attitude. You WILL make goal.

Congrats.


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