Maybe I’ve finally found a place to belong? I was already on maintenance when I joined SP.
THIS was my original entry in JUNE 2012:
“I've carried an extra 25 lbs for 25 years. In the era of the "Biggest Loser" that may not seem like a big deal. I've always been told by family and friends that I could "carry it." The photo of me finishing a half marathon back in 2006 attests to that. Finally, on Jan 1, 2009 I decided that I just didn't want to "carry it" anymore, not for 13.1 miles, not up and down stairs, nowhere. Now, 22 lbs lighter, I never want to go back! Gradualism was my plan and now maintenance is my goal.”
I was successful because my running forum began a “healthy eating and living” thread where we supported each other much as happens here and tracked our food and workouts on another less comprehensive site than SP. I lurked on SP to read the articles which arrived in my email, so SP was also responsible for my success. I finally registered in June 2010 after reading “The Secrets of the 5%” and introduced myself as wanting to be part of the 5% who successfully keep the weight off for 3 years.
However, although I was inspired by the stories of others who lost incredible amounts of weight, I never felt comfortable writing about my own journey or struggles because I figured who would really care about a 65 year old 5’6 woman maintaining at 132-135 lbs. I never had a “tracker” because what would I track?
My 3 year anniversary of maintenance will be Thanksgiving Day. After my month long European vacation this spring I gained 4 lbs, not a big deal but I didn't want it to turn into 8 or 12 or worse. So I began actively participating in SP tracking and as expected, it WORKS. Calories in, calories out! As a retired math/computer science teacher, I love numbers and data and now I even find it fun to get Sparkpoints. I hope that means I’m here to stay.
The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.
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