After reading several blogs by SP members of this team, I've decided to bite the bullet and join as a birthday gift to myself.
I'm still a long ways from my goal weight. I'm not even in transition to maintenance yet because I'm still very much in the weight loss phase of this lifetime journey. I'm here because 1) I need to prepare myself mentally for the transition to maintenance long before I get there and 2) because the lived wisdom and practical experience of (most) of the people on this team are unlike almost anywhere else on SP. I appreciate the level of honesty and support here, along with the open acknowledgment of the unique challenges of maintaining lifelong weight loss.
i've gotten to my goal weight only once before in my life. I maintained it, barely, for more than a year and then major stress hit. It wasn't long until I returned to my familiar coping friend, food, and my familiar coping habit, overeating. I'm determined to do things differently this time, but I know I can't do it alone.
My weight goal is to reach a normal BMI. Over the summer, I started running as a way to manage anxiety. I just finished my first race event, a 10K. It won't be my last. Thinking of myself as a runner is almost as unimaginable as being a normal BMI for the rest of my life. I'm out to prove to myself that anything is possible.
Highest weight: 232
Goal weight: 144
"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
" ~Arthur Ashe
“Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.” Winston Churchill
"The momentum of one step leading to another is more important than pace." Jeff Galloway
| current weight: 198.1