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Huh... I forgot my maintenance anniversary

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Who would have thought the date could ever escape me for its importance? Almost exactly 2 years from the day I joined Sparkpeople I reached my goal weight. I can remember the elation of being 50% of my former self... of touching the goal post as it were. That magic number ended up being about 7-8 pounds too low to be healthy and sustainable, but I reached it dadgumit! I regained a bit about 3 years ago I think, but I took it right back off again, and it was a learning experience. (And I gained some with the death of my mother... all that "comfort" food!) But, in all, I have stayed with a 10-12 pound range. That is acceptable to me. My brain hasn't completely caught up to reality even yet though. I had on a dress with red, horizontal stripes the other day, and thought I looked "chubby" in it. Uh, no. I had to go back and look at where I started from when I was over 300 pounds to get my brain back into perspective. Self perception is so bizarre. When you see a tall, slender woman... I see a clutzy, fat woman. Which is true? Well, I used to be right, but now I am wrong, wrong, wrong! But my brain persists in thinking the first thought first... and then it hears what someone else says, and goes... oh yeah, I am not obese anymore... But it takes a beat of time, or an external comment or perspective to jerk me out of the old patterns... still... after 5 years!

Sign ups are going on for the Summer 5% challenge... This is an ACTIVE team... and the 5% is a goal to shoot for (not a requirement), in case anyone was wondering. I still join even though I am in maintenance, because it keeps me accountable to a certain level (at my own choosing) of fitness, and the Living the Good Life challenges are good reminders of healthy habits I may have let slip by the wayside over the course of several years.

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  • CATHYSFITLIFE
    Self perception can be a tricky thing. I think you look fantastic! You see your flaws but everyone else sees a beautiful woman inside and out! You should be proud of what you have accomplished, Congratulations! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    53 days ago
  • CHERIRIDDELL
    You are tall and beautiful!
    53 days ago
  • DESERTDREAMERS
    I don’t have any full size mirrors in the house. I think I need one. I rarely look at myself beyond making sure my hair looks OK & that I don’t have food on myself before I go out. I learned in my morbidly obese days to not really look at myself.
    53 days ago
  • SASSISPRING
    Congratulations on your maintenance anniversary.
    53 days ago
  • STRONGDAWG
    I understand what you mean about self perception. I see myself as fat way more often than I do as normal. And I also think of it as temporary even though it's more than a year of maintaining. Sigh.
    53 days ago
  • BONNIEMARGAY
    Thanks for sharing such personal experiences. I never would have guessed that you were wondering whether you were slender enough for that dress! I thought you were just wondering if it was your style. Oh, beloved, if we could only see ourselves through the eyes of the people who adore us. Wouldn't THAT be a relief!?
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    53 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    OH for sure, I am not sure if the brain EVER totally catches up to losing 50% of yourself . . . I did that too, and there are times I feel just like you . . . that I'm the OLD me. It'll pass! And congratulations!
    53 days ago
  • ROCKYCPA
    You have really accomplished a lot and should be proud . Congrats!
    54 days ago
  • MBPP50
    It’s great to remind yourself how far you’ve come and how great you look. You have done remarkable work and should be incredibly proud of yourself! emoticon
    54 days ago
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