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Friday, February 03, 2012

Eight years ago, I was at goal weight. I know this because one of my goals was to actually weigh what my driver's license said I weighed. And it did!! I just renewed my driver's license and it still says the same weight. However, I am now hovering between six and then pounds above that number. Why? Because I thought I could eat what I wanted during the Christmas season (three years ago) and still maintain my healthy weight. Why would I think that I could forgo my healthy habits and still be healthy? That's a topic for another day.

Anyway, I gained. Then I wised up (a little) and reinstated the healthy habits that got me back to my goal weight. And then those 6 - 10 pounds just kind of snuck up on me and pounced back onto my thighs! So, for about eight months, I've been trying to shed those pounds. Lately, I've noticed that I would eat really well on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesda and Thursday were less healthy. Friday through Sunday were free-for-alls. Sometimes Thursdays would join the free-for-all crowd. Sense a pattern? Me too.

I figured out that part of my problem is that I was stressing about staying in my calorie range. There were days that it was a real challenge to stay in range and, if it was a rough day, I decided not to meet that challenge. In fact, I often decided to show that calorie range who was boss and just how far away from that top number I could get. Take that calorie range!!! emoticon

Yeah...that didn't work so well in helping me reach my goal. This week, I decided to change my goal. The ending goal weight is the same. I've proven to myself that I can get to that weight and stay at that weight relatively easily AND I have some cute clothes that fit well at that weight. What has changed? My time frame. I've given myself until the end of this year to get back to where I want to be.

My calorie range is huge now! I can meet that range and not feel deprived. There is even room for cookies or chips or an occasional cocktail. Knowing I can makes me want to less. Paradox? I think so (assuming I really know what paradox means! LOL!)

I'm feeling better this week. Making room for healthy foods but leaving room for other stuff. I think this is totally doable!
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    This exact thing happens to me, too. I forget how much hard work it was to get to my goal weight and start letting many things slip. My exercise slips, my nutrition slips, my trips to the scale slip, even my visits to SparkPeople slip. Then I jump on the scale and -- oops -- there are those same pounds I worked so hard to get rid of right smack dab on my core (I tend to put weight on in my stomach area and -- don't laugh --my freakin' FACE. No lie). Thanks for writing about this and reminding me that here I am doing the "determined" side of my battle with weight once again. And reminding me that, no I can't do whatever I want once I reach goal. I have to keep working just as hard as when I am in "determined" phase. Great blog!
    2260 days ago
    I like your plan. Never deprive yourself of things you like. It's not realistic to think you can live your life this way.
    2264 days ago
    Sounds like a plan!
    2264 days ago
  • NEWNAC304
    You show those sneaky pounds who's boss! emoticon
    2265 days ago
    Great plan! I do much better with my weight when I don't go crazy trying to micro-manage every calorie. I also feel better now that I've increased my exercise. My next weight goal is to get down to my legal weight (the one on my driver's license). We can do this. It's not a race.
    2265 days ago
    Don't know why the cookies have to migrate to the thighs, dam cookies!
    2266 days ago
    Sounds like this plan will work for you. It's so much easier to find a doable plan instead of forcing ourselves into one that doesn't fit!
    2266 days ago
    You have set a realistic goal for yourself and by doing so have removed the pressure to be perfect.

    But wait.......... Those of us who konw and love you konw you are really perfect, "as is."

    2266 days ago
    I love this blog because I so relate to it!! I tend to get in the mindset that I "deserve" these cookies/cake/pie, etc. I don't know why? They only make me fat and miserable. I also have this "I'll show you" attitude. As if not exercising and eating too much makes anyone feel bad but me. I continue to work on these attitudes, too! Thanks for sharing this!
    2266 days ago
    Isn't it just disgusting that ALL weight gained goes straight to your thighs?
    I'm in the same boat. Just not fair!
    Sometimes people here post their stats onto their blogs or pages and I've seen posts from people who carry 20 or more lbs than I do and their thigh measurements are inches below mine! Again, not fair!!!

    I think it's a great plan to just slowly taper down those pesky extra pounds by the end of the year. As you said, this takes the pressure off and that is definitely a good thing.
    2266 days ago
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