The 'active' phase of weight loss was probably the most exciting, encouraging part of my time here on SP....but it only lasted for 5 months, as that is how long it took me to lose the weight (about 10-15 lbs in all).
I have maintained that loss (with the exception of a few seasonal / vacation spikes) for more than 3 years now and have found it tough to find lasting motivation without the constant 'reward' of weight loss. I no longer have any interest in competing in a sport (I raced and competed in swimming, gymnastics, running and cycling from ages 8 through 36, so I'm kinda done
, so it can be tough to find something to keep me going...or keep me coming back...take your pick.
In fact, for the 2 years after I met my goal, I kept 'pushing' at losing more weight, losing more fat....making myself a little bit nuts at times as there was just no way to go any lower on either count without venturing into eating-disorder land, and that's not a place I'm ever prepared to go....
In any case, it has taken me a very long time to come around to the reality of the situation....that I have to make my own motivation, and its not about dropping pounds or %BF....it's going to be about sculpting and shaping what I have...which is evident when I look at my stats as I start a new program:
% BF : 15%
Upper thigh: 20.5
I don't expect or want any of these numbers to change much if at all....would love the upper thigh and waist numbers to go down a bit, but that's kinda just how I'm built. What I am looking for is for everything within my little package to be just a bit firmer.
I'm 49 next week and have had 2 kids. I realize that I am very very fortunate to have been born with a lot of muscle and a speedy metabolism....before anybody who hasn't known me for long comments that my ##'s are too low (it has happened before....), I was born this way. My dad is super lean and does no sports at all. My mom will be 70 this summer and looks at least 10-15 years younger - it is genetic. I eat a lot and exercise very little these days, but I have led a very healthy life...I'm just really freaking lucky.
I didn't plan to go on so long....no need to respond friends, it's just helpful for me to work it out here....