I have weighed 197 for 2 days in a row, so I am calling it. I have relost the weight that I regained.
I want to thank everyone here. I don't believe I could have lost this weight without the inspiration and support of my friends here.
I hit this weight for the first time sometime in my 20s. I don't even remember exactly when that was but it was in the early 80s. I lost down to about this weight in 1997 but started working on my Masters, stress ate and started gaining. In 2010, I got down to this weight, dealt with my father's cancer, stress ate and started gaining.
I am a little afraid now. This is the smallest I have been in 30 years. Can I lose more weight? How will I deal with it if I do? Have I made the permanent changes that I need to make to keep it off? When great stress hits again, will I be able to avoid overeating? I don't want to have to keep losing the same pounds over and over. If I regain the weight again, I am afraid that I won't be able to walk because my knees are so bad.
So I am taking a deep breath and am continuing with my plan. I am stubborn and I am counting on that stubbornness to help me be persistent and keep working at one day at a time.