Over the weekend, I celebrated another year of maintaining my 100 pound weight loss. My yellow sunsprite rose came back again this year along with me.
For those that don’t know, the yellow rose bush is one I bought for myself as a gift for losing 100 pounds 3 years ago. It was kind of a straggler bush and on the discount section at the garden center. Like me, the rose bush just needed some love, attention, proper care and nutrition to bloom.
As is always fun, some comp pics.
Big smile in this picture because I had lost 20 pounds in 2004
Love Disney! From 2004 I will *not* be looking like this in January when we go again!
At the gym in February 2011
In 2011 at the Tulip Festival in May
I need more full body shots. I had almost none in my photo albums for the past year! All of me taking my own picture LOL!
This past year has been an interesting one. I have to say that I don’t know exactly what I weight right now. This is my scale.
No numbers! It’s a MaryLou’s Weigh scale which I got to review a couple years ago. Once you set a starting weight, the scale just tells you (by way Mary Lou’s perky voice) whether you are above or below your starting weight. I just got on it arbitrarily earlier this year and set it as a start point, so I really don’t know what the official number is. I am guessing about 5 pounds heavier than last year. That makes me a little nervous, I will admit. You just never know how slick the slippery slope can be.
I do feel good about my strength and have pretty good control of my eating most times. I am more relaxed about food as time goes by and feel fairly normal with it most times. I do get the occasional binges here and there, and I have spent some time this past year trying to correlate binges with the types of food I am eating and what is going on in my life to see if there is any connection. I think I might have found a wheat/binge correlation. I tend have trouble with snacking on days where I have wheat. Not all the time, but enough that I think that could be a contributing factor.
My exercise front has changed some in the past year as well. The biggie is a lot less running and heck of a lot more biking!
So onward another year, with some extra concentration to keep the weight off as I get older (eeek!).
I do have to say that I am about as happy and content as I have ever been in my whole life right now.
I will nurture this rose bush and myself and hopefully next year at this time we will still both be flourishing!