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ONE pound to go!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

I was pretty excited with the weigh in this morning. I only have one pound to go to get to my goal. My weight peaked at 222 pounds in August 2015. I lost 36 pounds the first year. Then I hit a plateau that lasted several months and ended up gaining 10 of those pounds back. Since July of 2017, I have lost at a consistent rate of 1/4-1/2 pound per week. My initial goal was to lose 25-50 pounds and just get out of the obese category. Years ago I had lost 34 pounds with SP but gained it all back and more when I stopped being active in SP. So, while I was pretty hopeful I could lose 25 pounds, I didn't really believe I could lose 50 pounds even in my wildest dreams. Once I hit the 25 pound goal, I reset my goal to get out of the overweight category and have a "normal BMI" which I hadn't seen for almost 30 years. Once I achieved my normal BMI in November of 2019, I realized I had set my sights too low. I set another goal to be a little further away from the upper edge of "normal" to allow myself a little wiggle room. After doing a little reading and consulting my physician, I set my final weight loss goal of another 10 pounds. My progress has been slow, but steady. Whenever I got discouraged, I looked back at where I was and how far I'd come and reflected on all the positive changes--lower blood pressure, diabetes in remission, more clothing selections, more energy, more relaxed, look better, feel better, and more.

Now, I am one pound away from that goal. I have lost over 70 pounds which still boggles my mind. I am mentally ready to transition to maintenance. I feel great. Aside from a little saggy skin and a few more wrinkles, I look great. I am comfortable in my skin. I am proud of myself. I believe I have developed habits that are sustainable. I do not kid myself that it will be easy. I know I may have to readjust "the plan" from time to time but I know what works for me: Tracking, 5 freggies, 8 glasses of water, regular exercise, adequate rest, community support. I may even, someday, make ST a habit--still working on that because I do know it is important. I will keep Sparking and I will strive to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I will take care of myself. I am, and will continue to be, a success story.
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