Another thing that you probably know about me: I reached a goal weight of 144 pounds several weeks ago, and tried out Intuitive Eating as a method to maintain that loss... only to gain back 9 pounds in 6 weeks. Back up to 153...
And I have ZERO regrets about that. It was a learning experience. I learned that although I may really want to be an Intuitive Eater, I'm just not ready for that yet. Maybe within a couple of years, I'll try again. But for now, and for the foreseeable future, I need to track my food if I'm going to even maintain my weight. That thought does not depress me, it empowers me. I'm thrilled that I know what I need to do, and I'm also pretty happy that I'm not alone in this. Many people need to keep on tracking their food to maintain and to lose weight.
I just looked back at a weight tracking chart of mine, to see exactly when I crossed the threshold from "Overweight" to "Healthy/Normal Weight" and it was on February 12 of this year. That is when I weighed in at 153.4. My original goal weight was 135, so when I got to this normal weight milestone, I thought that I still had about 20 pounds left to lose, and probably assumed that I would keep on losing about a pound a week and would weigh about 135-ish by NOW.
This weight-loss thing has definately been a huge learning experience for me. I never thought that I would be okay with basically maintaining for 5 months while trying to lose the last few pounds. But I actually am okay with it. No big deal. I'm happy with my body and I'm happy with my life, and losing the last few pounds has just not been the number one priority in my world, and THAT IS AWESOME for me, since there have been scary times in my past when thoughts about my body and my weight literally ruled my world.
Now that I've found My Fitness Pal and am back to full-time tracking, I'm not worried that I'll keep on maintaining. I'm sure that I'll get to my goal weight of 140, and then I'm sure that I'll be able to maintain at my goal range of 138-142.
I've been on MFP for 1 month, and have lost 4.4 pounds. I'm back to my 1 pound a week average. Does that mean that I'll lose the last 8.6 in the next 8.6 weeks? Who knows. It's a journey, and I'm pretty happy with how it's going. Here's a picture of my MFP tracker. And yes, those are Alyssa Milano's abs that I'm using as motivation, bwahaha! It's mostly a joke, since I have a completely different body type from her.
Where are you on your weight loss journey?
Still losing, maintaining, happy with your progress?