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At Goal weight, No fireworks!?!

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  • akm0615akm0615 Member Posts: 16 Member Member Posts: 16 Member
    @springlering62

    Agreed. I read this on another one of your posts and it immediately hit home. I intend to live by this... “I have to treat maintenance like I’m always ten pounds away from goal”. Thank you for all your great posts.

    @AnnPT77

    Oh yes, the adulting thing... sometimes it takes sound minds to help guide the confused one like mine. Thank you.

    Thank you all for always keeping us positive and motivated... your journeys are super inspiring irrespective of the goal. It is definitely the journey more than the destination that truly matters.
  • babyluthibabyluthi Member Posts: 280 Member Member Posts: 280 Member
    Congratulations😃
    I have not read the other replies, so please forgive if it is a repeat.
    I would like to suggest now that you are at goal weight, make it your life mission to focus on your health and wellness?
    A worthwhile goal because you are worth it😊
  • Kaitie9399Kaitie9399 Member Posts: 695 Member Member Posts: 695 Member
    briscogun wrote: »
    I think it's because you realized that hitting the number on the scale isn't the end. It's not a finish line where you run through, win the prize, and then go back to what you were doing. It's just a signpost along the journey.

    The weight on the scale is how the previous lifestyle manifested itself. Now you have a new lifestyle, and maintaining that is the new goal. Or even improving on it by doing your recomp. The finish line shifted within you. It's not just about the weight on the scale anymore. You have new goals that you acquired while you were losing!

    Perfectly said. The scale was just a number to achieve, now comes the real beginning. Stay focused and keep the mindset of always monitoring your new lifestyle. I lost sight of the prize the first time around and gained all my weight back. This time around I know with a surety that, the scale number will not stay there without me staying laser focused on keeping it there--permanently. I have a life long goal of always coming to MFP daily to record my calories and connecting with other people.
  • gladz2014gladz2014 Member, Premium Posts: 16 Member Member, Premium Posts: 16 Member
    i am late to this, but may I just say, congratulations and I love your "whys" .... that is more important than anything else. yay! you! @akm0615
  • charmmethcharmmeth Member Posts: 628 Member Member Posts: 628 Member
    You might find the opening post of this thread interesting, if you don't already know it:
    https://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10662287/the-goal-is-the-process/p1.
  • akm0615akm0615 Member Posts: 16 Member Member Posts: 16 Member
    @charmmeth

    Definitely insightful. Thank you for sharing. I agree with that approach 100%. (Especially now that I have had the time to rethink my fireworks. LOL)
  • charmmethcharmmeth Member Posts: 628 Member Member Posts: 628 Member
    akm0615 wrote: »
    @charmmeth

    Definitely insightful. Thank you for sharing. I agree with that approach 100%. (Especially now that I have had the time to rethink my fireworks. LOL)

    @akm0615 <3 (But I still think you could allow yourself a firework or two!)
    edited September 18
  • akm0615akm0615 Member Posts: 16 Member Member Posts: 16 Member
  • charmmethcharmmeth Member Posts: 628 Member Member Posts: 628 Member
    brendog79 wrote: »
    I've lost a great deal of weight since may 20th. Im 297 now was 382lbs. But I'm not as excited as I was before and really didn't get excited when I got under 300 for the first time in almost 9 years. Im not gaining but my calories have gone up and I'm not consistent enough with my calories. I need to go back to walking more to put me in a better mood and listening to my music. I weigh myself everyday and was losing 4 to 6 lbs a week now only 1 or 2lbs and I feel discouraged.

    It sounds from what you say as though you have lost a lot very fast, and that you might now need to take a realistic look at what is possible for you. 4-6 lbs loss per week is not sustainable, but 1-2 lbs a week loss is more likely to be, and (although it's a long haul) will add up more quickly than you suspect. (It's also better to lose more slowly so that your skin can keep up.) Hang on in there and keep losing at that rate. As others have said elsewhere, it took you a lot more than six months to put that weight on, so you need to allow time for it to come off. I believe there is a really supportive group on MFP for those who have a lot to lose; might you check that out?

  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 17,063 Member Member, Premium Posts: 17,063 Member
    charmmeth wrote: »
    brendog79 wrote: »
    I've lost a great deal of weight since may 20th. Im 297 now was 382lbs. But I'm not as excited as I was before and really didn't get excited when I got under 300 for the first time in almost 9 years. Im not gaining but my calories have gone up and I'm not consistent enough with my calories. I need to go back to walking more to put me in a better mood and listening to my music. I weigh myself everyday and was losing 4 to 6 lbs a week now only 1 or 2lbs and I feel discouraged.

    It sounds from what you say as though you have lost a lot very fast, and that you might now need to take a realistic look at what is possible for you. 4-6 lbs loss per week is not sustainable, but 1-2 lbs a week loss is more likely to be, and (although it's a long haul) will add up more quickly than you suspect. (It's also better to lose more slowly so that your skin can keep up.) Hang on in there and keep losing at that rate. As others have said elsewhere, it took you a lot more than six months to put that weight on, so you need to allow time for it to come off. I believe there is a really supportive group on MFP for those who have a lot to lose; might you check that out?

    How about this group:

    https://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/group/133315-larger-losers

    It's a good'un.
  • wruperwruper Member Posts: 40 Member Member Posts: 40 Member
    I had a dream once where I.was climbing a mountain--a big effort and very difficult. I finally made it to the top and I was mifted too. So I made my goal!! But I wasn't excited. No fireworks. Rather I thought what's next, I have reached the top. Where else is their to go? Yes, I enjoyed the view but I think that the challenge was what excited me and I had met the challenge and didn't have another challenge. Today I try to remember that the challenge for me is to stay on the top of the mountain and not go tumbling back down only to have to climb the same or even a worse mountain next. Hope my insight gives you food for thought and encouragement.
  • charmmethcharmmeth Member Posts: 628 Member Member Posts: 628 Member
    akm0615 wrote: »
    Hello Everyone, Thank you all for all the support you have given me so far. Remember the fireworks I was talking about. It is here!!!! In an amazing way... It is visual and yes, I could not have done this without all of your support. So thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

    You look just fantastic! Well done!
  • elisa123galelisa123gal Member Posts: 3,872 Member Member Posts: 3,872 Member
    why not look at some pictures of you heavier and compare them to now. That visual should give you some sense of accomplishment. When I lost all my weight, I recall the disappointing thing was; I had a hard time finding new style clothes to wear. I was so used to blousy tops and such. It wasn't as fun as I thought it would be.
    However, I gained some back during the pandemic.. I'm on my last five pounds or so to get back where I was. Boy! I can't wait to get back in all those clothes it took me time to select.
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