Is this time different?

In maintenance since June 1, 2012


Goal weight!

I still cannot believe it, but I lost all the weight I intended to lose! I have not binged since New Year’s Eve, and it is the first time in my life that I can eat healthy, be in control and lose –slowly but finally!– 10 kilos without ever quitting for almost 5 months.
I still need to lose some more weight to feel comfortable in a bathing suit, but I want to learn a new lesson before I lose some more: I want to learn to maintain and exercise regularly. I thought about maintaining through the winter, and starting again in spring, and only if I still want to lose more. As I never maintained low weight, I do not know what my body will do if I don’t start bingeing again. Will I continue losing, more slowly? Will the exercise make lose some more? Or maybe not! Will the shape of my body change with exercise and maintenance? Well, it is a new experience for me, and I am 47! I wish I had been able to be this balanced when I was younger –I think my life would have been very different– but I am happy I am able to learn new tricks even though I am (almost) an old dog. There is hope, people!
So, I will be publishing here my progress as a maintainer for some months. Hope it does not get too boring for occasional readers. The plan is to up my calories to around 1350 –I am on 1200– to see what happens, and keep at that level through June.
Reporting back to you soon!

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By susana
On May 26, 2012
At 8:27 am
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Scale day!

Surprisingly, I lost quite a lot of weight over a week, not doing anything different. It is a proof that no matter your age, it is possible to lose, though it may take longer. Just one kilo less and I will go into maintenance for the winter, which is a huge challenge to me.

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By susana
On May 10, 2012
At 8:25 am
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Watch out

Today I freaked out a little. Because of my work schedule, I take a break in the early afternoon –watch some TV, visit this forum, etc.– till I go back to work from 5PM to 11Pm –yes, crazy schedule. My trigger time used to be 3 to 4 pm, while watching some tv before getting ready for my evening shift.
These past four months I never ever ate between lunch and tea, and then I had a late dinner at 11pm.
Today I found myself eating whole wheat bread with sugar-free jam, at 3 pm, while watching the news. WTF??? Four months without eating at that time, and there I am, chewing bread???
So I thought, this is it. This is the moment when I start going down the slippery slope, when I start visiting the forum to remind myself of what I used to do and cannot do any longer, the moment when I start gaining my 16 pounds back.
Well, no sir! I went to work, came back and had some chicken breast, and that was it. I did not go over my 1200 cals, and though it was a high carb day, it was ok…
So now I think: what is the difference between this time of the year last year and now? Not much, but a lot: tons of work to do, with a lighter body and no food to take refuge in. And most importantly, I don’t need to take refuge anywhere!

Though I am “more normal” than last year, the binge-eating wiring is there, intact. I just need to learn how not to turn on that machinery…

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By susana
On May 3, 2012
At 6:56 pm
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