Sunday, October 21, 2012
I knew it was coming up, but I might have missed it, if not for the wonderful team leaders of the At Goal & Maintaining/Transition to Maintenance team. Two years since I hit that magic number that I'd dreamed about since I was in junior high. Yes, I weigh now what I wanted to weigh when I was 13. I weigh 20 lbs less than I did in high school and college. I went to my high school reunion two years ago, confident that I was no longer one of the fat girls. That's completely vain and awful, but it was a big motivation! I went from size 8 pants to size 2. Dress size from 8 to...8. I have a suit jacket that's a size 4, but that's patently ridiculous.
So what's happened since? I turned 50. I've hiked with far more stamina than I had before. I don't like hills, but I don't dread them as much. I took skiing lessons. I've found new enjoyment in shopping for clothes and most days I like what I see in the mirror. I still track my food most days. I weigh every day that I'm at home, sometimes twice. I don't think I ever really relax my guard. I know all too well that it's far easier to gain weight than it it to lose it. 3-5 lbs gained during a two week vacation can take 6 months for me to lose. But I keep at it. My "panic weight" is 8 pounds lower than my first goal weight when I joined SP.
What's the point of all this? Bragging? Maybe a little. But what I really want to say, especially to friends who are struggling, is that it can happen. You can make it happen.
PS When I told my husband that I'd maintained for two years he gave me a high 5!