Hi, I'm Lori...
I first looked past this group, thinking, "I'm not finished losing yet, so I can't be in maintenance". I've been struggling with these last 6/10/15 pounds lately. I don't really have an end goal, I figure that I'll know it when I get there.
BUT THEN, this morning, while I was exercising, I thought, "Wait a minute! I DID reach my original goal, perhaps I should change the way I think about myself." Up until now, when someone comments on my 130 pounds lost, I always thank them and add that I am not finished yet. But why? I did reach my goal, and I am in my ideal weight range. I even weigh less than I did on my wedding day (fifteen years ago), which is always what I remember as the time I was in the best shape of my life. I am in better shape now, and able to play whatever games/sports I want to (not always well, but that's due to lack of skill, not physical size). Why must I continue to focus on an unhappiness with myself? With that attitude, I will never be happy.
So, today, let me change my mind. Would I like to lose more weight? Certainly. Must I beat myself up for the snail's pace I am losing at (or the little gains/setbacks now and again)? No! Perhaps I would do better without the stress, too.
So I am resetting my ticker to reflect my original goal. I would still like to get to 135, but I'll leave the final number up to God to choose. I'll just focus on treating my body right and enjoying movement (I don't call it exercise anymore, that makes me hate it) and eating for health.
I am glad you all are here... I have found that now that I am smaller than all of my friends who were losing, there is no support there anymore. It's a hard place to be, because you don't want to offend anyone, but you still have struggles. So thanks, for being a team. We need each other, too!
SW: 279 (10/03)
Goal by July 2012: 159
Current Weight: 179
2011: 1100+ miles cycling
| current weight: 174.4