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Saturday, March 15, 2014

I haven't made a blog post in a long time. Back in January 2012, I was on the cusp of reaching my 80 pounds lost milestone. To follow-up, I reached -80 two days after that blog post, and then continued to lose another 10 pounds over the next few months. In all, I probably lost a bit more considering my muscle mass now compared to when I started this journey.
I've maintained my weight loss all this time and generally hover somewhere between -85 and -90 pounds. Sometimes I get closer to -80, but it's usually water weight caused from eating other people's food too close to my weekly weigh-in. I'm usually closest to -85, which oddly was my original (albeit arbitrary) goal. Sometimes I wonder if I gravitate toward that number because of the amount of intention/attention I originally placed on it. It stands out to me because it's almost magical how my body will shift toward that weight, even when I do things that should move me in one way or another away from it. Right now, I'm focusing on losing a few vanity pounds before summer. I say "vanity pounds" because I've been in my healthy weight range for a long time. So, these pounds are purely because I want to look my best over the summertime (when I'll be wearing less clothing).
So, I've been maintaining a healthy weight all this time, why a blog post now?
A few reasons actually. First, I point a lot of people to SparkPeople since I often get asked how I lost all of my excess weight. I realized that my SparkPage (updated November 2012) and blog posts (updated January 2012) were very outdated and don't really reflect my current story. So, I thought this would help me keep my health and fitness story more current. Second, I've been noticeably absent from the SP Friend Feed lately. I've been busy and overwhelmed, so I chose to ignore that portion of SparkPeople for the time being. I guess I'm hoping that by returning to posting stuff, I'll be able to reconnect with more SparkFriends. How that will pan out with my busyness and overwhelm is yet to be seen. Third, I privately journal from time to time and often notice good bits of info in there, so I think I'll push a little more of that information out into the public. Finally, I still have my share of struggles and writing about them semi-publicly has helped me in the past, so I'll rinse and repeat.
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    2476 days ago
    Great spirit! Way to go!
    2493 days ago
    I am going to go back and read your blogs from the beginning.

    I think that you will have a lot to teach me.

    Thanks for sharing your story.
    2495 days ago
    well done
    2505 days ago
    Congrats on your maintenance!
    That's where I am now, and I'm still trying to figure out my plan.
    I have noticed your absence, but figured that life got in the way and you would be back!
    Hopefully, things get back to normal & you can get back to routine, unless you are making welcome changes....it that case, go for it!
    Glad you're back!

    2506 days ago
    Thank you for sharing! You are definitely a SP friend that I admire and your success is so inspirational. Your support is unparalleled to many on this site.

    I, like you, have pointed many, at least hundreds to this site; it is so unique and completely filled an emptiness for me. It's given me that extra push to a higher confidence, which allows me to stay on that path, of hopefully least resistance.

    But, again, it's looking to SP friends such as you, that have succeeded and are maintaining, and that continue to come here anyway because the journey never really ends....

    So, I just want to say thank you for all you've invested and the countless lives you've touched! Keep being amazing!

    emoticon .....what's a SP post without a woohoo?? lol!
    2506 days ago
    I too have missed you. Life is really crazy and unfortunately you and I are both work in a busy world. Remember to take time for yourself and especially be true to yourself. You are an inspiration and I am grateful to have known you in your journey and mine. Now, I just have to do the same.

    2507 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    What an awesome and inspiring blog! Congrats on losing and maintaining your 85 lb weight loss! Something that is not always easy! Way to go! I am so glad to have met you along this wonderful journey and hope that our paths will cross in person some day! I received the book today and will start reading it later tonight!
    What an inspiration you are to so many! I too tell everyone I meet about my journey with sparkpeople and the life that changed forever once I joined!
    Keep up the great work and keep on spreading that spark!
    2507 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    First of all congrats on the weight loss and successfully maintaining the loss. emoticon Sorry to hear your so busy and overwhelmed, not always the best position to be in, looks light your holding your own though with weight loss even with the overwhelmed and busy. Hope things settle down and see you om sparks more often.
    2507 days ago
    So good to see you on SP and read your blog, as I was one that missed you on the SP Friend "Feed"! I am glad you are maintaining and doing well, but sorry you are so busy and overwhelmed. I am pleased you will be around with your blogs, and look forward to any insights, advice, etc!
    PLEASE RINSE AND REPEAT....love that line!
    2507 days ago
    Thank you for sharing with those of us that are just beginning what you've already accomplished. It's encouraging to see that you not only hit your original goals, but are maintaining and continuing incremental improvement.
    2507 days ago
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