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No longer the new kid

Saturday, February 08, 2014

I am well into my 5th year of maintenance. I know the odds are in my favor that I will keep the 60 pounds off that I lost in 2008. I am fully aware of the struggle, and how awesome it is to be a long term weight loss maintainer.

Some days I miss the early weight loss the excitement of fitting into a new size that you thought you would never get into, or washing your hair and suddenly noticing you can feel the bones in your skull, or catching a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and thinking, "Is that me?"

Mostly....I miss the looks of surprise and comments from people you haven't seen in a while. The "oohs" and "ahhhs" and "you look greats" and "how did you do its."

I sat in a meeting this week and listened as this happened to a co-worker who recently lost 50 pounds. I wanted to shout hey...I've lost 60 pounds and kept it off for over 5 years...but I didn't. This was her moment.

But it was a realization...the people in my circle have become accustomed to me being a thin person. They don't see me as the overweight person I used to be.

And...I think I would much rather have that than the oohs and the ahhhs.
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    Congrats! What an amazing accomplishment! emoticon
    1199 days ago
    What a great achievement being your 5th year of maintenance... with that said i just want to keep pushing to get to my are such a strong person to keep going and not give up...I'm truly happy for you and thank you for sharing and making me believe in myself once again.
    1418 days ago
    I hope to achieve what you have done. emoticon

    I'm in the "ooh and ahh" stage which is very enjoyable, but I want to remain fit and healthy for the rest of my life.
    1461 days ago
    First CONGRANTS on signing up for the latest marathon. Woo hoo! You really ROCK.

    I understand and SO APPRECIATE WHAT you're saying.
    Isn't it something how bitter sweet THAT IS? Still what you shared is a testament of how far you have come to even pinpoint it, realize it and blog about it. Alot of us don't connect with our feelings or emotions. Sometimes it is hard to put into words or even share.

    Look at it this way...she is in the same boat as you too and all of us. You set sail sooner than she did and achieved the success she hopes to ONE DAY. ...and for that you can pat yourself on the back over and over again. The true success is...keeping it off. NOT taking anything from myself or anyone who is still on the journey toward our goals.
    1472 days ago
    I so agree, and that's why it's hard to find new goals and motivations when we've been maintaining for a while. Remembering those same feelings though, I do try to always compliment those who are losing weight and tell them I know they've worked hard.
    1473 days ago
  • MILLIE5522
    Fantastic achievement! I am still learning at the maintenance game & not finding it easy at all!! So glad that SP is here to keep me going when it gets tough.
    1473 days ago
    emoticon but we have other achievements in life worthy of celebration too, however small.

    Learning a new skill.
    Being able to do more physically.

    Think though! You've conquered the dreaded scales and are healthy and happy and that is the best feeling ever. emoticon emoticon

    and just to give some emoticon emoticon emoticon we ALL need to hear recognition from time to time.

    1474 days ago
    Yes, having people "forget" that you were once heavy is the greatest victory of all.

    1474 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Wow. That was a powerful moment. People no longer see you as ever being overweight..but consider you as a normal thin person. Yes, the excitement of losing and people noticing does diminish with time. However, the joy of staying thin makes up for it. After two years, people are still not sure if I will keep this weight off at work. They are getting used to the new me.

    5 years is an amazing accomplishment. You are such an inspiration.

    Hope you are doing well Spark Friend.

    1474 days ago
    emoticon Happy 5th Year Maintenance Anniversary!!!! You are an inspiration!!!
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    1474 days ago
  • LAELL303
    Keeping that 60 pounds off for five years is absolutely fantastic! You are a success story and proof that it can be done. It is hard to lose weight, especially the amount you lost, but keeping it off takes a tremendous amount of effort.

    Your before and after images are very encouraging and motivational!

    1474 days ago
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