I am at a familiar place on my scale -- about 15 to 20 lbs above my goal weight.
This is about 20 lbs below where I first started out (as PennyAn45) back in January 2010.
So I do consider myself a success here.
I have been as much as 7 pounds lower than this - but I have not held it there for long.
It is fairly easy for me to hold my weight where it is now. I eat mostly healthful foods, with occasional treats, and I do not feel deprived.
My energy level is good and I feel healthy.
I walk regularly, and have begun strength training again - sort of.
And for the most part, I like how I look ...
...when I have clothes on, of course LOL.
(I have finally given up on my dream of having a slim rear end and thin thighs. At the ripe old age of 68 I realize that will never happen -- and I can accept that.)
Since this summer -- when I was successful in losing 5 lbs, instead of gaining my usual 7 lbs while on vacation at the beach -- I have had a running conversation with myself about whether or not I want to continue working on losing more.
Maybe now I should just concentrate on maintaining where I am.
Last month, my doctor, during a regular checkup, told me that if I took off another 15 pounds I could probably make enough changes in my blood chemistry to eliminate a medication and its side effects.
That sure is tempting.
Also, my A1C score is right on the border - and I would love to see it reduced even more.
Aside from blood chemistry, it would certainly feel good to finally reach that goal weight and prove to myself that I can, in fact, do it.
Of course this is not a good time of year to try and lose more weight -- with the holidays coming and with tempting goodies everywhere.
Writing blogs ALWAYS helps me when it comes to making decisions.
I think I will take the same approach I took last summer. I was determined NOT to gain any weight at the beach - and I didn't.
During this holiday season I will NOT gain any weight.
Then, after the holiday, I can decide if I want to go on an all out effort to lose another 10 or 15 lbs.
I think that makes the best sense for me.