Monday, September 16, 2013
I didn't really tell my mom about my success story appearing on the sparkpeople front page because the big news was my husband passing the bar exam. But I did post it to facebook and I guess she saw it there. She pasted my after picture on her tablet phone and brought it out to show my brother who is a personal trainer. And she said that what she respected about how I lost weight was that I managed not to make a big deal about it. On occasion I'd talk about portion size or something, but I didn't go on like some people.
It's nice because I feel like my mom was one of the people who inspired me to look at trying for a normal BMI. She had been overweight my whole childhood and tried a lot of diets, but after her youngest came to college she moved to Utah and got her lifestyle in order. And she did go through a couple of diets of conviction* in the process. My sisters will sometimes ask me what Mom eats when she's coming to visit them because they have an idea that she eats kind of strangely but they don't know what it is. She was on Atkins and protein power, but then moved to something closer to DASH but emphasizing fish instead of low fat dairy.
She's maintained around a size 14 (on a 5' 10" frame) for like 13 years. So that gives me enormous hope for my maintenance efforts. She even went through a moderate regain, which in the literature few people recover from, but got back into her program.
In case you missed it, here is a link to my success story feature:
*diets of conviction is a phrase Barbara Berkeley uses to describe how she advises maintainers to eat, that they can differentiate their food needs like a vegetarian or something.