Wednesday, December 04, 2013
First a moment of braggadocio - I have weighed in at goal or within 2 lbs of it for 9 months. I am absolutely thrilled about this - proud - excited - even inspired. This is a fabulous thing - and the first time I've maintained a healthy weight this long since I was in my early 40's ... which is decades ago my chickadees.
And what do you know - I just won 100 goodie points here on the spark bonus wheel - so there - I got myself a new pair of shoes - because ... there was a time I was too heavy to wear high heels. Yeah. Something to think about. I can wear them now because I exercise regularly and keep my weight down. woo woo.
I'm particularly happy about this month's "official" weigh in because it was at a different time and on a different scale from what I have been using since I reached goal in mid-March. My beloved Weight Watcher's meeting - an important anchor in my life - was canceled for being too successful. Yup. Too many of us were at goal and not paying and not enough people still on the journey were showing up to pay the rent on the space.
I completely understand the issues involved in the decision. I'm not happy about it, mind you. I just understand. And the powers that be have agreed to give us another chance after Christmas when all weight loss programs swell as people try to undo the damage of holiday excess. If they can get 30 people to join at an open house in January they'll start it back up again - and I suspect they will. I can assure you there are 300 people in my community who would benefit from weight loss.
So. I am not without hope of fitting a noon meeting only 2 miles from where I work into my weekly schedule come January. But if this doesn't happen, I will continue with the meeting I attended last night - at least once a month for a weigh in. I will go every week if I form any kind of bond with the people who attend. But weekly or monthly, that outside accountability - with someone else's tools and someone else's eyes assessing my progress - helps keep things very real for me.
I grew up with a (darling, beloved, artistic, fun, creative and inspiring) fat mother and heafty dad, I struggled with fat all through my teens. I have heavy sisters, big cousins, and live in a community where 50% of the people are overweight. 200 lb women are the average. This is quite a challenge to come up against.
Believing I can live the rest of my life fit and healthy doesn't come naturally to me - but it's a belief that has taken root in the tender soil of my psyche. I plan to do everything in my power to keep this great lifestyle going. I'm still at goal, after a fun food filled Thanksgiving. I plan to still be at goal after an even more festive Christmas holiday. And that's the holiday wish I'd give to everyone here at Spark People - that you will be able to hop into January ....Still At Goal!