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Never done a blog before. But I love reading them on this site, and I think I have something to say. And I'm hoping it might strike a few chords with some of you. 

I can lose weight. Over the years I have turned the diet light on and off. I have lost hundreds of pounds over my life time (since junior high) and gained hundreds more. I have been successful on Atkins, Weight Watchers, South Beach Diet, Phen-fen pills, fasting once a week, and countless others. I've also ALWAYS gained it back. So instead of starting this blog when I had surgery (which was 9 months ago today), I am starting to record my next journey - MAINTENANCE. 

My goal is to stay within a 10 pound range.  130-140 pounds. I'm not sure what my timeline should be for celebration. Should I first make it for one year, two years? But each month for this next year I want to acknowledge where I am. Maintenance is the part I've always failed at. Maintenance is what I've been fearing since before surgery day. Some of you may recall, I was even fearful of approaching "the maintenance cafe" and you TT heroes helped coax me to my goal. 

I reached 140 a month ago, on October 23. Yay, I've made it one month!!! I was even afraid to start this blog until this point in case I couldn't maintain for four weeks! :rolleyes:  

For the first time I realize that just because I'm at my weight goal doesn't mean I'm cured. Like alcoholics that successfully beat the disease say they are in recovery, I think maybe I'll always be a recovering yo-yo dieter. So today is my starting point. Today is my first day. I've had my first month, so feeling pretty good. 

Every month that I'm at goal, I thought I would give myself a little reward. This week I had a manicure at a nail place. (I'm way too cheap to normally pay for them.) I figure the money I save now at Weight Watchers, I'll spend part of that on a little gifty. To remind myself that it's NOT over. To remind myself that I'm still working at this! :P

Right now, a ten pound range feels like I'm trying to balance on the head of a pin! Hopefully, it will get easier? 

1st month - Range 135.4 - 140 pounds

2nd month - Starts today! :D

Entries in this blog

 

Month 11 in Maintenance - Climb Accomplished!

Okay, I'm finally going to post the pictures I promised!!  I'm adding this blog a couple weeks late, but I'm back. Back from a trip I'll never forget. My last blog was dated on the day we were leaving on our Alpine hike trip. It was everything I had hoped for, dreamed for, and more! Wow! What an incredible experience! I feel so lucky to have seen a part of the world not everyone gets to see, enjoy it with my fabulous friends and husband, and get to see it all through 14 days of hiking through Fr

Cindy Lou Who

Cindy Lou Who

 

Month 10 in Maintenance - Off to a Grand Adventure!!

Today is the day! It's finally here! After 6 months of training, we are off to meet our friends for our Alps hike from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland. I added up all the stats yesterday: In 13 days we will hike 216 kilometers through 11 mountain passes at an average of 2,500 meters in elevation. We will have a total height gain of 15,000 meters and a total height loss of 14,400 meters. EEEEEEK!!! Good thing we are with 12 of our closest friends for decades! To say that I NEVER cou

Cindy Lou Who

Cindy Lou Who

 

Month 9 in Maintenance - Loving life!

Wow, can't believe this is my 9th month of maintenance. I've been reflecting today just how scared I was when I first entered the "maintenance cafe." I was so petrified of gaining it all back as fast as it had come off. The weight loss numbers seemed crazy, and I had ALWAYS gained right back before. I'm talking SINCE JUNIOR HIGH. I can honestly say for the first time in my life I feel like my weight loss efforts are working WITH my body instead of AGAINST it. I have officially been on maintenanc
 

Month 8 in Maintenance - Samoa time!

OOOOOPS, actually doing this blog entry a couple weeks late. I was on Samoa time, Man!   Promised pictures at the bottom of page!  It ended up being a great trip, and some new weight maintenance challenges that will help me in the long run. The main thing I was worried about was weight gain from being away from the daily scale weigh ins at home, away from the weekly weigh ins at Weight Watchers, no weighing and measuring and predictable food, not being able to run for security reasons, not
 

Month 7 in Maintenance - Off to adventure and challenge this month

Another month down. Some new, and not so great, little demon habits started sneaking in this month. Messy head messages, really. Because I was still "underweight" according to my doc, and because I have been nervous the last two weeks about a month-long trip coming up, I started letting myself snack way more, and even ate emotionally some. YUCK! Hated it! I gained 3 pounds, which is no big deal as it's in my happy range, but I'm not happy AT ALL about how it made me feel. It made me feel out of
 

Month 6 in Maintenance - The "M" word might be really happening?

For the record, I am now 14 months post-op and 6 months under goal weight. 6 months? Really? Up to now I purposely didn't have the "M" word ("Maintenance") in my blog title because I didn't want to jinx myself if it wasn't going to happen. Looking back now, I can see I wasn't really in maintenance at first as I was still consciously, and unconsciously making myself lose more. But , even though I still feel like keeping in 5-10 pound range is  scary, it's beginning to feel not like standing
 

Month 5 - Panic is ebbing. Yay!

Honesty first. Ready? Here it goes: I will remember these first few months of maintenance with the biggest emotion being --------- PANIC!   Isn't that dumb?!!!!!!!!!??????  I have felt grateful for months and months now as I healed from surgery and the pounds started coming off and the clothes got smaller. And I still feel HUGE gratefulness. But, since this forum is the place to be honest, I have to warn others that the biggest emotions I have felt in maintenance have been fear and pan
 

Month 4 - Surgiversary month

Well this marks not only the end of my 4th month of maintenance blog, but also my surgiversary. So I've posted a few pics at the end.  1 - Before picture 2 - Picture this morning 3 - Picture of some old and current pants What a great year. A life-changing year. I thank God every morning for this opportunity for a healthy future. I am so grateful. Yesterday I had my one year check up with my surgeon and I had tears when I thanked him for his good work. He got tears too!  I
 

Month 3 - I needed "Just the facts, Ma'am"

Well, it's only Month 3, and I'm no longer in my goal range of 130-140.  I've spent a few weeks feeling very weird and a little scared. My emotions have run the gamut between, "Wow, what fun, this is awesome, my Weight Watcher goal in 1985 was 127!" to the depths of "This is scary! Am I still healthy? I'm looking scrawny? If I accept this weight am I anorexic?"  Part of me was asking what foods to add, and the other part was loving still losing each week. I finally made an appointment with

Cindy Lou Who

Cindy Lou Who

 

Month 2 - Holiday month

I almost titled this blog entry "Too skinny"? I am NOT complaining, but this month has been a bit of a trip into the Weight Twilight Zone. I hoped to get down in the bottom of my weight range before Christmas so I could enjoy holiday treats without fear. Also, we're going with 5 families for a week to a ranch  in Arizona starting tomorrow so the eating/drinking will be tempting there too. Sooooo, I wanted to be at "fighting weight" when all that started. All good. I did that. But then a wei

Cindy Lou Who

Cindy Lou Who

 

The Beginning

Never done a blog before. But I love reading them on this site, and I think I have something to say. And I'm hoping it might strike a few chords with some of you.  I can lose weight. Over the years I have turned the diet light on and off. I have lost hundreds of pounds over my life time (since junior high) and gained hundreds more. I have been successful on Atkins, Weight Watchers, South Beach Diet, Phen-fen pills, fasting once a week, and countless others. I've also ALWAYS gained it back.

Cindy Lou Who

Cindy Lou Who

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