Tuesday, July 15, 2014
I've been at or below my current goal weight 64 months now. I'm maintaining around BMI 21 with a daily commitment, but without a lot of struggle. I have not even tracked my food for over 7 months now. My current central weight of 132 is about 6 pounds over what I think is my best-looking weight. I'm well within what my doctor considers a healthy weight now. Per a running web site (was it Matt Ferguson?) I'm maintaining about 10 pounds above what he thinks is my optimal running weight. To go down 6 or 10 pounds might be possible for me, but I would have to give up the comfortable maintaining I now enjoy and work really hard at it. I would have to tolerate considerably more hunger and, until my weight loss was accomplished, my running performance would suffer. If the attempts to maintain at a lower weight triggered binge eating, it would affect my running and my health. Just not sure it is worth it.
As I age, my primary motivators to maintain my weight will need to be more health-related. Not that health hasn't always (okay - since adulthood; not so much as a teen) been a consideration. I feel a little shallow to admit it, but vanity was a very strong motivator for me to lose weight. Vanity has been a major reason I have wanted to maintain. Now that I'm looking older, I can't let age spots and wrinkles take away my desire to maintain.
Weight loss made me look younger. I went from looking 5-10 years older than I was to about 5 years younger than I was. I suspect I am about even now. And I'm struggling a bit to accept that. I'm not one to resort to face or body lifts. So (for those who have done the Beck Diet Solution, I need to update my Advantages Response card) I need to make sure that I am consciously aware of all the important non-vanity reasons for maintaining my 80 pound weight loss.
After living more than 50 years overweight or obese, it was an extreme thrill to finally achieve a healthy weight and begin to know that I could sustain it. I walked around unable to quit smiling. It's sinking in. I'm a person of normal weight now. But as I get older, I may have to work harder to keep the motivation up.