Fourteen years ago this month I reached my healthy weight of 148 pounds and was featured in our local newspaper for my weight loss success.
Honestly, when I reached that weight I was not certain that I would be able to maintain the weight. I remember being a little worried that I was in the paper. After all, what if I gained the weight back and people no longer recognized me as a fit healthy woman, but as an obese woman who briefly lost weight and promptly gained it back.
Little by little as time went by I became more and more confident that I would not promptly regain my weight back.
Years 1 and 2 – 1998 and 1999
Those two years I spent very carefully monitoring my food intake through portion control, I weighed myself every day, and I also exercised every single day when possible.
Year 3 – 2000
I got pregnant with my fourth child. He was born in September of 2000 and I lost all my pregnancy weight by Christmas of that year.
Year 4 – 2001
Pretty boring, but I just kept on maintaining, exercising, and weighing.
Year 5 – 2002
Another pregnancy and another baby. We were so excited, and I gained more weight than I meant to; however, I knew that year 6 would give me plenty of time to lose weight.
Year 6 – 2003
This year I lost weight from the pregnancy. We also moved from one state to another, which could have thrown me off due to the stress of moving the family and a new baby, but I just focused on doing what I knew worked and got back to my healthy weight.
Year 7 – 2004
Another boring beginning of the year. Maintaining, life, etc. I got pregnant again mid-year. (It seems to be a theme!)
Year 8 – 2005
Another sweet baby, another few months losing pregnancy weight. I got back to my healthy weight and was so happy to be a mom to six kids.
Year 9 – 2006
This year we moved once again. Stress multiplied as the house we bought had all kinds of problems that required lots of repairs. Think about that show on Home & Garden Television, Holmes Inspection, and you have our house.
Year 10 – 2007
You guessed it. Another sweet baby boy was born this year. So thrilled and so much weight to lose again. This pregnancy was hard on me because of extreme back pain.
Year 11 – 2008
Boring weight maintenance again.
Year 12 – 2009
Boring weight maintenance.
Year 13 – 2010
This year was hard as we lost our sixth son Joshua when I was 16.5 weeks pregnant. Although I wanted to eat to soothe the grief, the previous years of maintenance held me in good stead as I stayed true to my plan.
Year 14 – 2011
Boring weight maintenance.
So there you have it. A year by year description of my weight maintenance journey. As I frequently tell people, the most important thing about your weight loss journey is not just getting to goal, but rather staying at goal weight and loving the rest of your life at a healthy weight.
I’m beginning to think that boring weight maintenance is a good thing. It means that your weight isn’t the focus of your life any longer. Instead, all the other things that make your life rich are the focus.
Do you have any thoughts on weight maintenance at this point of your journey? Diane