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Still At Goal

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

First a moment of braggadocio - I have weighed in at goal or within 2 lbs of it for 9 months. I am absolutely thrilled about this - proud - excited - even inspired. This is a fabulous thing - and the first time I've maintained a healthy weight this long since I was in my early 40's ... which is decades ago my chickadees.

And what do you know - I just won 100 goodie points here on the spark bonus wheel - so there - I got myself a new pair of shoes - because ... there was a time I was too heavy to wear high heels. Yeah. Something to think about. I can wear them now because I exercise regularly and keep my weight down. woo woo.

I'm particularly happy about this month's "official" weigh in because it was at a different time and on a different scale from what I have been using since I reached goal in mid-March. My beloved Weight Watcher's meeting - an important anchor in my life - was canceled for being too successful. Yup. Too many of us were at goal and not paying and not enough people still on the journey were showing up to pay the rent on the space.

I completely understand the issues involved in the decision. I'm not happy about it, mind you. I just understand. And the powers that be have agreed to give us another chance after Christmas when all weight loss programs swell as people try to undo the damage of holiday excess. If they can get 30 people to join at an open house in January they'll start it back up again - and I suspect they will. I can assure you there are 300 people in my community who would benefit from weight loss.

So. I am not without hope of fitting a noon meeting only 2 miles from where I work into my weekly schedule come January. But if this doesn't happen, I will continue with the meeting I attended last night - at least once a month for a weigh in. I will go every week if I form any kind of bond with the people who attend. But weekly or monthly, that outside accountability - with someone else's tools and someone else's eyes assessing my progress - helps keep things very real for me.

I grew up with a (darling, beloved, artistic, fun, creative and inspiring) fat mother and heafty dad, I struggled with fat all through my teens. I have heavy sisters, big cousins, and live in a community where 50% of the people are overweight. 200 lb women are the average. This is quite a challenge to come up against.

Believing I can live the rest of my life fit and healthy doesn't come naturally to me - but it's a belief that has taken root in the tender soil of my psyche. I plan to do everything in my power to keep this great lifestyle going. I'm still at goal, after a fun food filled Thanksgiving. I plan to still be at goal after an even more festive Christmas holiday. And that's the holiday wish I'd give to everyone here at Spark People - that you will be able to hop into January ....Still At Goal!

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    Congratulations....Even though I am still maintaining, I am not yet to the point where I can successfully keep such a tight reign on my range. Working on it though, and you are my inspiration.
    1617 days ago
    Just saw your blog and it was very inspiring! Nice to read a true success story.

    1617 days ago
    Keep on keeping on!
    1617 days ago
    Super story and excellent blog!
    1618 days ago
    emoticon What a great accomplishment! I guess that you are "proving" many wrong when it comes to maintaining, 1) age is irrelevant, 2) family dynamics are irrelevant, 3) past "failures" are just learning tools and 4) persistence pays off!

    Keep up the great work!
    1621 days ago
    Great blog! Great accomplishment!! Thanks so much for sharing. You definitely deserve to be highlighted by our At Goal & .... Team. You are doing great!!
    1621 days ago
  • MAREE1953
    Hippity, hop, hop, hippity hop hop, January is on its way!! lol Love having you as a daily check-in buddy! Great job on the blog!
    1621 days ago
    Great attitude! I've never thought about closing a WW meeting because it was full of non-paying lifetimers, but I can see how that can happen. It's time to infiltrate other meetings with your success. In the 12 Step meetings, most of the people there are success stories so they can as a group bolster new members. Stick with the winners, we were told. They know something a newcomer doesn't: that it works!!

    WW ought to contact the local paper: WW is so successful we had to close a meeting. They'll be stuffed with new members who want what you have.
    1621 days ago
    Bess, congratulations on the popular blog and on your 9 month maintenance. That is terrific news. And to be within 2 lbs of your goal weight is incredible. I hope I can continue to do it like you do. Thanks for sharing your up-beat thoughts. I really appreciate it.
    1622 days ago
  • BOPPY_
    By example, you have just shown me what to do. emoticon

    I need to set an upper and lower limit on my weight goal. My goal weight is 180. Since first reaching it, I've gapped between 170.9 and 188.4. I've got to reduce this range to 178 to 182.

    The responsibility is entirely mine! emoticon

    However, I have not been helped by the weird interactions between SparkPeople and the Fitbit web sites WRT calorie limits and exercise calories burned. I think I finally have a bead on how to set my calorie goals, now, ignoring both web sites completely. emoticon


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    1622 days ago
    So inspiring. Good for you. You have done and are doing and will continue to do well as I believe you have the right attitude now.
    Have a fantastic holiday season.
    1622 days ago
    Wow! You are awesome! You are so inspiring to me. I agree it is very hard to be different and watch what you eat. It is difficult to exercise when others in the family do not. I am glad you have a couple of support groups. Weight Watchers and your spark people friends and teams. Linda from bean town
    1623 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Awesome job! I am still at goal almost 6 months into this and I plan on staying here for the rest of my life. We have worked way to hard to give up and go back!
    Great job and I completely understand what you are saying about so many others being heavy, it becomes the norm. But it doesn't have to be and we are strong enough to know that we don't have to suffer the things that people who are overweight suffer thru daily and the healthy issues that come with it!
    Keep up the excellent work, I hope your weight watchers group gets back together or you form a new one!
    Congrats to you!
    1623 days ago
    Congratulations on maintaining for nine months and through Thanksgiving!
    1623 days ago
    Well done, indeed! Doing what you need to do to maintain in spite of the temptations offered by those all around you is confidence building and empowering. It's also encouraging to those of us who aren't as far along the path as you are. I hope your ww group will be able to start again, and that you will find others who will enjoy the journey with you.
    1623 days ago
    I really understand about the going slow and feeling the result of eating something good and something high calorie. I plan to keep it off this time by being able to respond better. So sorry about your weight watchers.
    1623 days ago
    Hey Bess,
    Congratulations, emoticon you deserve your moment!

    emoticon I love, love, love to see happy people. emoticon

    It IS a wonderful feeling of knowing how to keep it under control AFTER the goal is reached and through a few ups and downs (Holidays, reunions, party's, and other trigger moments) . . .

    You've done so well and I am glad for you especially here at the holidays.

    It is a great feeling to be able to say "I did it AND I am keeping it off!" Thrrrrriiiiiillllling!

    s for being my friend and hoping for us both to reach another milestone, and another, and another . . . . of successful maintenance together! emoticon
    (btw, this gingerbread man is inedible and thereby deemed safe for your diet.)
    1623 days ago

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  • _LINDA
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    Fantastic work!! Its an extra hard struggle when those who surround you and are in your circle of friends are obese. Job very well done!
    Great blog! emoticon
    Happy Maintaining!!
    1623 days ago
    Woo Hoo to you Bess! Keep up the great job! I can relate to the number of overweight people in my local community! Retiring from my job and moving from San Diego I came "home" to my home state and instantly felt at "home" with my fellow chunkies. Now I feel more at home with my new community here at SparkPeople. This year I feel more hopeful that I too will stay at goal +/- 3 lbs. That is how I want to enter the new year at goal. I have my plan and I am sticking to it! Merry Christmas Bess!
    1623 days ago
    Wow what an inspiration.
    1623 days ago
  • MOMMY445
    woo hoo! you are definitely amazing and inspiring! have a terrific day!
    1623 days ago
    I can SO relate - it could have been me writing this blog (except I didn't do WW, I did SP!) I've been in my goal range since 2011 and this is the ONLY time in my life I've felt confident I could do it! My adult life was a yoyo of weight loss/gain. NO MORE! Thanks to staying accountable to my SparkFriends I'm POSITIVE I can do it! It makes a huge difference - your IRL community may be overweight, but here at SparkPeople we have a DIFFERENT community - one that is all about health and fitness! emoticon emoticon
    1623 days ago
    You are amazing, Bess!
    1623 days ago
    What a great blog! Against all odds, slowly and steadily and surely, you've taken it off and kept it off. And WILL keep it off! Love your confidence, well-earned!
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  • MAMMAC66
    emoticon blog and a big congratulations on your weight loss and for maintaining for 9 months! emoticon
    1623 days ago
    I'm so happy for you. Congratulations on your accomplishments! Let's hop into January together still at goal! I'm with ya!

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    1623 days ago
    emoticon blog and attitude! emoticon on your continued maintenance and success!
    1623 days ago
    emoticon on your goodie points and new pair of shoes!

    also emoticon on arriving at your goal. that's emoticon !!
    1624 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    You deserve your moment of braggadocio! Way to go! It isn't easy to stay at your desired weight during the holidays but you are doing it and isn't it great? Who says we have to gain a bunch of weight this time of year? Not me! NOT YOU! Be proud of yourself...I am proud of you!
    1631 days ago
    You are amazing and continue to inspire us all! emoticon
    1631 days ago
    emoticon Great job! Balance and focus!
    1631 days ago
    That is amazing!!! You Rock! emoticon
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  • KANOE10
    That is wonderful that you are Still at Goal and maintaining so well. I am sorry about your meeting and hope that many people join in January so you can continue.

    You are a true success story, overcoming family and community obesity.

    1631 days ago
    How wonderful! Congrats
    1631 days ago
    YAY for you!! You should be proud and excited!!!!
    1631 days ago
    You are AMAZING! You have inspired me!!!!
    1631 days ago
  • JAROL7
    YAY! That's my next goal, to weigh in at goal weight on Jan 1 instead of starting on a diet. If I do, it will be the first time in my adult life. I usually start a crash diet on Jan 1. I made my goal on Nov 13.
    1631 days ago
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