Keeping weight off for good

Today was my weigh in day. I skipped last week for the usual reason, and had a very food-intensive weekend, so I was not expecting a happy number.

I’m down two pounds from two weeks ago. Looking back over the last two weeks, I always fixate on the things I did wrong, the food I ate that I shouldn’t have. I mentally filter out all the things I did right when I’m busy berating myself and concentrate on the things I did wrong.

But something has happened over the last 8 (almost 9!) years… I’ve learned to manage my weight by instinct. All of the meticulous skills I’ve built over the years are settling into habits that I do without thinking. I’ve learned to down-size my portions to the point that now when I splurge, I eat a small serving of something densely caloric and that is all I need to feel that I’ve had enough – even too much! I’ve reprogrammed myself to feel satisfied with smaller portions, and to expect to move my body regularly.

I think this is the ultimate goal of all of the years of journaling, measuring, tracking and weighing. To mentally assimilate the “right” ways to handle daily living, to know how to splurge and compensate for it. I’m now maintaining my weight loss automatically, even in challenging food environments. I automatically take the steps I need to balance my caloric equation every day.  This is the goal.

When people say it can’t be done, send them here. It can be done, with a combination of hard work, a reasonable goal weight, and a rigorous focus on behavioral modification. I don’t give up, even when I have a bad week. I just modify and try harder.  You can too.

And of course, none of this means I’ll stop working at it. It’s a lifelong journey. But today I’m savoring the feeling. Today, I feel as if I have succeeded.


5 Responses to “Keeping weight off for good”

  1. Donna Says:

    Of course you have succeeded. You would accept nothing less.
    And you are an inspiration to the rest of us.

  2. Caron Says:

    This ties right in with the subject of my Weight Watcher meeting today. Her main point was that the difference between an amateur (she was using beginners at WW) and a professional (those of us who have made our goals and are now maintaining) is the art of recovery. I’ll buy that. 🙂

    • Laina Says:

      Very wise! I don’t know anybody who doesn’t slip up or have an outrageous splurge day. The real trick is to get back onto your program/plan immediately, and not use it as an excuse to give it all up and eat a whole pie! 🙂 I like your WW leader’s point!

  3. Andie Says:

    This is what I needed to hear today. Thanks for the good example & encouragement.

  4. snapshotstacy Says:

    WAHOOO! Go, Laina, Go!

    You are totally my role model. I know I’ve got a long road ahead of me to maintain my losses (and about 10 more pounds to lose), but knowing how far you’ve come makes me feel that *I* can do it too!

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