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The long road back

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Saturday, May 08, 2021

Sometimes things in life happen that derail repeated attempts at damage control, let alone usual maintenance.

That happened to me, despite my mantra to never, ever, EVER give up. And so I had to just be patient and wait until things settled down again and I had the wherewithal to get back into the groove of tracking my food, weight, and exercise. Difficulty with internet access has been a big part of the challenge, and now, with a bit more bandwidth, I’m figuring out how to interact on here primarily through my phone. Mutual support is a super important part of the equation. I’ve missed my friends on here. ❤️

For example, a few months ago one of my all-time comeback sheroes, @LESLIE871948, shared her story of a real life, lived, here:

She kindly did it when I resurfaced and admitted to her that I’d regained a lot. The kind of mentoring and support we get on here, from others who have walked the walk, is extremely valuable.

I’m happy to report that as of today I’m back down under 10% of my all-time maximum, which is an important milestone to acknowledge. It’s a medically significant amount of weight removed, and the loosest research definition of “maintenance” used by the NWCR. So here I am, acknowledging it.

I spent 11 years under that threshold, and exactly 1 year over it, between May 2020 and May 2021. Got awful close at one point in 2019, but didn’t cross it.

I think the last 12 months were rough on a lot of us.

It’s going to be a long road back to my “happy place” at a BMI under 30. I look forward to reconnecting with my fellow travelers along the way. ❤️

We’ve even got a low-key challenge going, for that purpose:
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