It’s that time of year.
4 years of maintenance (or close to it). As long-time readers of the blog know, this yellow rose was the one that I bought myself for hitting 100 pounds down in 2008. Each year it has come back for the last 4 years and each year I am doing pretty well at maintaining my loss.
All of my rose bushes came up with long and tall canes this year. I don’t know if that had something to do with the winter we had or my pruning skilz.
Each year they are a little different. Each year I am a little different. I have learned many things about maintenance and there are many things still that I need to learn.
I am a little heavier than I was at my lowest.
I am a lot stronger than I was a few years ago.
I am 4 years older 😉
I eat differently now than I did 4 years ago.
There are still some foods that I probably will always struggle with (peanut butter cups, I am looking in your direction). But, that is okay. At least I am aware of that.
Maintenance is hard. I kind of consider myself a wobbly maintainer. My weight does go up and down. I never did reach my ultimate number goal and that really isn’t my focus any more. I want to keep off what I lost and stay strong and healthy. It’s funny how each year I mention that I never did get to my ultimate weight goal. Maybe that is where I am now and I still just haven’t accepted that. Not that I won’t keep working hard – because maintenance is hard work. It really is. It’s a mind game. It’s constant vigilance, which gets tiring at times, but I don’t care for the alternative.
I don’t ever want to go back here again.
My original Superstar pose in 2008:
You know, lifting has really given so much more shape to my body. I can’t say enough how much lifting is important to health. Not just how it makes you look, but how good it is for cardiovascular fitness, bone health and just confidence.
Here’s to another year!