mtaratoot wrote: »
I posted this somewhere else, but it really belongs here because... BACK ON TRACK!
Please let me apologize because this post is a bit self-serving. Um.... more than a bit. But it's also something I am celebrating.
I've been on MFP for 18 months. I was pretty steady and consistent for the first six or eight months, and I got near my goal weight. Then last fall I put a little back on and have been in and out of my goal range since then. I expanded my goal range to be ten pounds instead of seven. Back in January, I briefly got even over that weight. Since then I've SLOWLY been getting back to goal. I've looked at graphs, and they show what looks like a modified sine wave. That says I'm maintaining at least to some degree. The thing that I just realized is that since January, that sine wave is moving down again so it's fluctuating at or near my goal. That's better than fluctuating five pounds over my goal, which is what it was doing for a while. Many of us know how frustrating that last five or six pounds can be. I'm here to tell you that with patience, persistence, and permission to stray from the course every now and then, it is possible!
Anyway, I just happened to be looking at some time series on Trendweight.com. I hadn't looked back to the beginning for a while, and it made me feel more like I'm successful in my journey than just luffing. Sometimes it's CRITICAL to luff -- just got to get air back in the sails at some point. We can all do this!
The past month looks pretty good. I'm not yet convinced it's true because August 3-9 are interpolated from my weight before and after my dive trip was essentially unchanged. It's bounced since then, so no reason to think it didn't bounce on the boat. Send me back!
Looking back three months, I can see where I gave myself permission to be a little gluttonous on a couple river trips and at Oregon Country Fair. Send me back! I can also see that I was able to stop the upward trend and get back TOWARDS where I need to be. We can do this, and together we will!
Looking back SIX months, it looks like I really slipped for a while with a slow, steady increase that went back to May. Must have been some good times back then! I also see that I was doing REALLY well during most of the spring. That's something to celebrate, so I'm writing it here.
You can guess where this is going. I looked at a one-year chart. I start to see that sine wave develop. I see a dip down to my goal range, but one that doesn't stick. I see the fall/winter gain followed by bouncing back around near my goal and another SMALL increase in the past couple months that APPEARS to be resolving. It's a work in progress, just like yours!
Finally I decided to look back to January 2018 when I started MFP. Leaping Leopards, I've got something to celebrate! It almost looks like I've been successfully maintaining at or near my goal range for a full year after that initial success in dropping extra mass.
Last year when I was on the dive boat, I got down to 16 pounds of lead. It was a new drysuit that isn't buoyant, but still.... I started with 22 pounds because that's what I ended the trip with in 2016. In 2014, I had 25 pounds. That's all a success! I added a little weight this year because I got new fins that are positively buoyant. I was dialed in with 18-19 pounds. With 18 pounds, I had to be very careful at my safety stop with a nearly empty cylinder. If I didn't stay relaxed, I would drift to the surface. With 19 pounds, it was PERFECT even at the end of the dive. I'm contemplating a WARM WATER dive trip this winter. Never really done that before! I should be able to get away with a 3mm shorty. I'd love to dive with just board shorts, and then I wouldn't even really need a BCD.
I hope YOU can also celebrate the milestones on your journey. A high-five and fist bump if you can. Give yourself some credit for your success even if there's hiccups along the way. And let's stick to it and keep on this !
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