Here I am 5 years later maintaining the majority of my weight loss! The time goes by pretty fast. Some days it feels like a struggle. Some days it feels easy. There are so many changes that I have made in my life that are permanent now that have helped me to do this.
My 100-pound rosebush is blooming again this year. I think it is so appropriate that it comes into bloom when I celebrate this milestone.
It’s been so long since I looked like this (or John looked like this):
While not at my lowest weight, I have stayed here for the last couple of years. I know there are some people who are where I am at right now and that is their starting point for weight loss, but it’s all relative.
You know what I really like about this picture? It makes me look tall! (Doesn’t it?) I’m 5′ 2”, so I will take whatever makes me look taller.
Sometimes I wish I had the super discipline it takes to get to what would be my goal weight. It’s very hard. It seems to be harder to lose now that I am 45 and have a sedentary job. Yeah, I bike a lot, but I eat back those calories and then sit at my job.
Activity is really a big part of my life now. It never used to be. Exercise was a chore until I found things I liked. Strength training shaped my body big time, too. Check out the difference between my shape above and 5 years ago.
I am heavier in the more recent picture – and yes, the clothing is a little more form fitting, but no Spanx or any kind of control shapewear underneath (in either picture). There was a major change with lifting. I cannot stress enough the importance of lifting the iron!! Cardio alone just doesn’t cut it.
Yes, I have loose skin, some flab and extra weight, but still the strength training had changed my body. I wish I had lifted heavier all along!
I do have to say that life is pretty good. I may never reach the magic number on the scale, but I know that doing that will not make me happy as I am already happy now. Weight loss (or gain) does not define me. I am just going to try to keep living a healthy lifestyle in a manner that I can sustain forever.
Thanks so much for sharing my little bit of the internets with me. I have met so many wonderful people through the blog that I consider friends and hope to meet a lot more of you in person!