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The End Game in Sight

Friday, January 24, 2014

My 3rd year anniversary of maintaining came and passed quietly and happily. The mountainous goals I set out for at the start of everything nearly four years ago have evened out into rolling hills of ups and down, proving challenging at times but manageable.

My biggest fear used to be gaining back any amount of weight. It was a deathly fear, tantamount to failure, indicative of an inability to remain healthy, of a need to backslide into obesity. My measures of success have relaxed since then. The actual success I find is over time being able to maintain a healthy weight range on an intuitive level day to day. When I do gain, I have the tools and knowhow to correct the issue accordingly, as I am practicing currently by tracking my food and increasing my exercise.

I still face difficulties. I continue to deal with a serious food addiction, I struggle reacting to stresses or understanding how much is too much work for me to take on, and I still have trouble maintaining a consistent exercise routine. But the largest hardships of my weight are now behind me, completed during the journey it took to burn off the excess, to learn everything about health, fitness, nutrition, and life that I needed to keep it off on an intuitive level, and the acceptance and love to sustain continued self care as a priority. With it gone, it is so much easier to control and handle a permanently changed lifestyle. It is the light at the end of the tunnel and the start of the larger journey of a healthy and happy life, I just had to take the time to realize I was already living it.

Thank you for joining me during these travels, we are awesome.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
IRON_RESOLVE 4/6/2014 9:49PM

    I think you're amazing.

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OHMEMEME 1/26/2014 10:53PM

    Congrats on 3 years of maintenance! Inspiring story about REAL life. Spark on! emoticon

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KANOE10 1/25/2014 8:53AM

    Congratulations on your three years of maintenance. It will always be a struggle for all of us to keep this weight off. You have learned so much about yourself and have established healthy habits. I love" I just had to take the time to realize that I was already living it!" You have been living a wonderful healthy life. You are very inspirational.

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BILL60 1/25/2014 7:47AM

    You've come a long way!! Keep up the successes.

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    Congratulations on your success!!

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 1/25/2014 12:16AM

    Wow! Thank you for the blog just 4 months into maintenance and you give me hope.

Congrats on your journey

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FEARLESSNOW 1/24/2014 10:27PM

    Congratulations on your success!

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EABHA70 1/24/2014 8:36PM

    Wow, so inspiring! And thanks for admitting that it is still a struggle.

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ELLIE381 1/24/2014 8:18PM

    Great job!! You have done an amazing job. emoticon

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