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  • charmmethcharmmeth Member Posts: 378 Member Member Posts: 378 Member
    Thank you for sharing! I think you look pretty amazing in the photos before as well as after; you have (I find) a great dress/style sense. I am 56 and working my way down to 75kg with the intention of staying there this time, so am trying to find a sustainable balance of exercise that I can keep up, bascially forever, wherever I am. It looks like you have this, which is really inspiring.
    BTW i am in Germany at present and quite agree that the delicious breads and other bakery treats are a real challenge to keeping the calories under control. Today I have not managed at all, so will need to do some rowing after supper.. Fortunately, tomorrow is a new week!
  • Diatonic12Diatonic12 Member Posts: 6,264 Member Member Posts: 6,264 Member
    Mother and I are admiring your transformation and outfits. Stunning. There's so much smoke from the forest fires but she wants to take it back outside. She's no bigger than a peanut but wants to lift some heavy things.
    Your trainer is amazing, too.
  • 1poundatax1poundatax Member Posts: 45 Member Member Posts: 45 Member
    Thank you for sharing your inspirational story! I needed to hear it today. You look amazing.
  • AshHeartsJesusAshHeartsJesus Member Posts: 157 Member Member Posts: 157 Member
    Thanks for sharing! And I totally want your outfit 😎
  • JeanneTopsJeanneTops Member Posts: 1,966 Member Member Posts: 1,966 Member
    Thank you (and @annptt77) for sharing this. As great as all your achievements are, I have to say that what I find most inspiring, are the times when you gained some weight back and then stopped regaining and re-lost the weight. That is a story very few people can ever tell and certainly not one I have ever been able to. In my opinion, stopping weight regain is the hardest thing of all to do. Weight loss, once you're on a roll, seems easy in comparison. Stopping weight regain is an enormous fight with your own negative thinking, your own guilt and self-disappointment and your own pessimism. Weight regain is what I fear the most - more than wrinkled or loose skin. And I've done it plenty of times. I would love to hear how you handled it.
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 16,456 Member Member, Premium Posts: 16,456 Member
    JeanneTops wrote: »
    Thank you (and @annptt77) for sharing this. As great as all your achievements are, I have to say that what I find most inspiring, are the times when you gained some weight back and then stopped regaining and re-lost the weight. That is a story very few people can ever tell and certainly not one I have ever been able to. In my opinion, stopping weight regain is the hardest thing of all to do. Weight loss, once you're on a roll, seems easy in comparison. Stopping weight regain is an enormous fight with your own negative thinking, your own guilt and self-disappointment and your own pessimism. Weight regain is what I fear the most - more than wrinkled or loose skin. And I've done it plenty of times. I would love to hear how you handled it.

    Can't speak for springlering62 here, but I don't really feel that way. I'm analytic to a fault, mostly. For me, weight managment is a bit of a fight with my internal hedonist - about balancing current pleasures with future benefits - but otherwise more of a fun science fair experiment. It helps that I live alone, and in the current instance, it's helped that we had stay-at-home directives (fewer brewpub and restaurant/social tempations for that inner hedonist). I have to say, though, I was already down 5 of the recent 10-ish pounds re-loss before the pandemic. It just got easier and more consistent in lockdown.

    Speaking only for myself, taking responsibility for my own thought-patterns, and their behavioral consequences, is a huge thing. I work at that. I am very oriented to recognizing what is in my control/influence, and focusing on that; and have a strong belief that when I do something, it's a *choice* (unless someone literally has a gun to my head). To me, that's an empowering orientation. (YMMV.) At this point, I don't feel a lot of guilt or self-disappointment around food/eating. I make choices, the choices have consequences. I best own those consequences. At a certain point, it felt like time to re-lose a few pounds, for the good of my future self, so I had to b****-slip my inner hedonist a little, if you'll excuse the expression. 😆
  • Daisy_Girl2019Daisy_Girl2019 Member Posts: 168 Member Member Posts: 168 Member
    What a beautiful transformation - mind, body and soul. Thank you for sharing and inspiring us.
  • charmmethcharmmeth Member Posts: 378 Member Member Posts: 378 Member
    I see all the “back again” posts and pray that I can stay determined. I over ate some cookies (yesterday) and worry “Is this it? Was this all there was to it?” and fully expect to step on the scales and be twenty, fifty, all of it back up again. The right side knows it doesn’t happen overnight, the left side is like “You dummy! Look what you started.”

    I really sympathise having had an Easter egg binge this year which was the final straw to my regaining. However, it was part of a longer pattern. I lost from 198lbs to 153lbs 2013-15, then "maintained" at under 170 lbs for about two years (though looking at my statistics, and expecially my monthly averages, I was gradually by the end of that time gaining back). I was back at 195lbs (88kg) this Easter. Five months later I am back in normal bmi and wondering why i didn't do this two years ago! But it just crept back on and I made decisions that didn't do anything to stop it, until I was back up to essentially my highest weight.

    After this experience, I conclude that I need to persuade my brain that my "trigger" weight for responding and starting to track food again should be 78kg instead of 88kg. This time I am aiming to be maintaining at around 165 lbs (75kg), but to have a stricter top limit.
  • ddavenport6962ddavenport6962 Member Posts: 6 Member Member Posts: 6 Member
    You look amazing - i am 57 too and i would love to look like ur looking right now - fabulous !!!
    Thanx for sharing your journey it has been realy inspiring 😄😄😄
  • LINIALINIA Member, Premium Posts: 1,018 Member Member, Premium Posts: 1,018 Member
    Love the sparkly and shiny workout attire and you really do get the job done ✅ Hope today is a sunny & pretty start to your weekend!
  • JeanneTopsJeanneTops Member Posts: 1,966 Member Member Posts: 1,966 Member
    JeanneTops wrote: »
    Weight regain is what I fear the most - more than wrinkled or loose skin. And I've done it plenty of times. I would love to hear how you handled it.

    This^^^^^^


    I haven’t handled it yet. I see all the “back again” posts and pray that I can stay determined. I over ate some cookies (yesterday) and worry “Is this it? Was this all there was to it?” and fully expect to step on the scales and be twenty, fifty, all of it back up again. The right side knows it doesn’t happen overnight, the left side is like “You dummy! Look what you started.”

    I can’t even bear to look at the Maintaining threads. I’d rather stay here where people are still fighting for it.

    But what it comes down to is, I’m really lazy. I would sincerely hate to have to do this all over again, so I’m trying to stay determined to stay on track.

    I've had those same thoughts in the past and, I'm sorry to say, did indeed gain it all back. So I no longer think I have any advice to give anyone. Someone else here though said something I do agree with: Think of maintenance as having to lose those last pesky 10 pounds. I will not change how I'm eating now. My weight loss has slowed down considerably and I plan to just keep eating this way forever. No letting myself think: Oh, it's ok to eat this because I'm at my goal. For myself, I know that is the beginning of weight regain.
  • Diatonic12Diatonic12 Member Posts: 6,264 Member Member Posts: 6,264 Member
    @JeanneTops I could be mistaken but I think it was @springlering62 who said it on this forum relating it to us, the 10 lb thing. B)
  • IronIsMyTherapyIronIsMyTherapy Member Posts: 168 Member Member Posts: 168 Member
    Wow, that's awesome. You deserved every minute of the "overshare" mic and stage.

    That's truly inspiring. 👏🏼
  • lizh9lizh9 Member Posts: 12 Member Member Posts: 12 Member
    You look fantastic! Thank you for writing this post!
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