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A Month of Stability

Friday, November 01, 2013

Today starts a new month. I realized looking back that October has been a good month in terms of stability and consistency. Perhaps it has been my best since starting this journey in earnest 13 months ago. I've been in maintenance mode since March 31, 2013. Since then I've lost ten more pounds making a total of 60 lost altogether. I've gone from 223 to 163 and stayed there for the most part and it feels great. It was well worth all the effort. During most of my maintenance period, these past seven months, my weight has been "volatile" with lots of ups and downs, sometimes dramatic. Slowly, I keep learning and seem to be falling now into almost automatic patterns of making good choices. That is wonderful to see finally happening. I've moved into a "flexitarian" diet - mostly vegetarian and with a high percentage of the food coming from produce grown in our own garden. I'm doing much better at restaurants, looking almost automatically for the healthiest, low fat, low calorie options. I have more trouble at gatherings where there are lots of chips and cookies - these still tempt me to go beyond one or two. I know the holidays are coming and they will be a challenge but I am thankful to look back and see that my weight stayed consistently between 166 and 163 this month - mostly at 163 where it is this morning. I think I am finally getting the hang of this to the point that my weight is staying stable. At least it did this month. For those just starting out - it is really hard at first but with time the new good habits do eventually start to become almost automatic - although continuing vigilance is necessary to stay on track.
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    A month of stability is a *wonderful* thing, Russell! Congratulations on your great success on this journey.
    1598 days ago
    Well now...there can still be joy in moderation!

    As King says, enjoy the Holidays with friends and family, but that doesn't mean you have to go overboard...I thoroughly enjoyed last Thanksgiving and Christmas while losing weight. The food isn't the important part...the fellowship and meaning behind the Holidays is.

    1598 days ago
    Well said! Continued vigilance is important, you have to know when you're slipping and make adjustments to get back to where you need to be. I would say that you shouldn't worry about the holidays, you should enjoy them fully. You know what it takes to get rid of a few lbs when you start creeping up a little and Thanksgiving and Christmas are times to gather 'round the table with family and friends. So I say enjoy those times and the delicious foods that only come around a few times a year. After all, there's 50 other weeks that you can be super diligent about what you eat!
    1599 days ago
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