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11-04-2008, 09:57 PM
Losing 60 lbs has respresented a huge milestone for me. 60 lbs is the most I have ever lost without weight loss meds. It's also the most I've ever lost as an adult (in high school, I lost 70 lbs with prescription diet pills - which made me so wired, I couldn't sleep and my hands shook at times).

It's weird, though because this weight loss attempt has been complete opposite of all previous attempts. I'm not racing to some imagined finish line, I'm just taking one day at a time and working at making small changes that I can incorporate comfortably in my life. This "slow, comfortable" path is like a walk in the park, compared to previous efforts. It's like I don't need willpower any more (which is good, because I think I've used up my lifetime supply and don't have any left). I just have to pay attention and keep focusing on trying to do a little better than I did the month/week/day before.

I almost feel like I've made NO changes, because the changes have been so gradual. I barely recognize the woman who had to buy a 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner, because she didn't have the strength for a two step process in the shower - and had to always use a shower chair (I still have to use the shower chair during a flare of my fibro - but I at least can take a normal shower most of the time).

Only 11 lbs before I'm in uncharted waters.

11-04-2008, 10:06 PM
Wow! Great progress kaplods! Feels good to not have that "finish line!"

11-04-2008, 10:06 PM
That is stupendous news!! I try to read all your posts and I am cheering wildly for you!


11-04-2008, 10:07 PM
May God's blessings continue to surround you dear! BRAVO!

11-04-2008, 10:19 PM
Congrats! You are doing AWESOME! You are definitely an inspiration to us all!

11-04-2008, 10:58 PM
That's fabulous.

11-04-2008, 11:17 PM
Wow. Good for you. I've got goosebumps for you. :)


just keep swimming
11-04-2008, 11:44 PM
Congratulations! I love reading your posts. Especially this one! I am so very happy for you. :D

11-04-2008, 11:51 PM
Wooooohooooo for uncharted waters. Sail that sea!

11-05-2008, 12:27 AM
Congratulations!! You are an inspiration. I wish you all the best!

11-05-2008, 12:34 AM
oh that is so awesome! You are doing SO FREAKING WELL and you should be proud :)

11-05-2008, 12:53 AM
Oh, yay! I am so happy for you - what a victory! I think you need that GPS you've been wanting as a reward. Or find the one you misplaced!

11-05-2008, 01:42 AM
The GPS is mine before spring! We've actually been watching ebay for a while now. We figure the prices will be decent until February (of course, I need a new computer first).

I'm just so excited, all the way round. And I love that I have so many friends here to celebrate this with. My husband has been a wonderful support, and he was very happy for me, though I'm not sure he understands why it is such a big deal for me. He's trying to lose weight too, but he's never really tried to lose weight before he met me, so he's never had the "failed more than I succeeded" experience. It's all still fresh for him - without the taint of failure attached to the process.

It's just really nice to share with people I know truly understand why this is such a freakin' big deal.

11-05-2008, 01:47 AM
congratulations. you are one of the biggest inspirations to me on this site- you are positive, you are doing it slow and steady which I am starting to figure out is the way i'm going to have to do it, and i'm just very happy for you. thanks for being a continuing inspiration.

11-05-2008, 10:50 AM
It's just really nice to share with people I know truly understand why this is such a freakin' big deal.

Ohhh yeaaahhhh, we UNDERSTAND!

And BTW, sharing is a gift to us too. Not only do these successes motivate me, they just plain make me happy. I would never have thought I would care so much about the success and happiness of so many people I've never met, but I really do. With 3FC, it's a given that if I'm plateau-ing or even struggling, there's somebody having a success I can share and enjoy. And if I'm having a lot of success (whether on the scale or not), there's somebody else who needs to hear about it and take some joy and motivation from it.

Thighs Be Gone
11-05-2008, 11:18 AM
That is awesome. Wow. Unchartered waters. Bon Voyage!

11-05-2008, 12:34 PM
Colleen~this is wonderful news!! But shouldn't you have posted it in mini goals rather than general chatter? Don't get me wrong--you'll probably get more views here. Especially from those of us who cherish what you have to say.

11-05-2008, 04:28 PM
Mini goals may have been a better place for it - but I wasn't even aware of that particular forum. I browse the site by "New Posts," rather than specific forums (and often find myself posting to a thread without even realizing what forum I'm posting in), so for someone who's been around so long I'm not as familiar with all of the forums as you'd expect.

If it belongs somewhere else and a moderator feels it should be moved, I certainly would have no objections. I just wasn't even thinking of this as a goal met, but just generic good news. Part of it, I think is that I no longer think of weight loss as a goal (not that it isn't a wonderful consequence), but my goals aren't weight related at all (I know that may sound rather stupid, being this is a weight loss site), because I think goals should be actions rather than results. And while "losing weight" seems like an action (after all it is linguistically a verb), it's more a consequence of other behaviors, than a true action. My only goals are to sleep and eat better and move more than before (which ideally will result in weight loss, but even if it doesn't will have other wonderful consequences in health and personal satisfaction).

Don't get me wrong - I love the weight loss. I get on the scale every day, and when the weight goes down, I celebrate - and when it goes up, I'm a bit disappointed, but my real goal is improving my health through increasing healthy habits. The weight really is "bonus." One of my big - ultimate goals is to be able to horseback ride. To do so, I'm going to have to strengthen my back and legs alot, and for the horse's sake, wait until I've lost a lot more weight (or find a saddle-trained draft horse).

It's so easy to make this about the numbers - feeling the need to celebrate this milestone shows that as much as I try, it's hard even for me to escape the number focus. I'd love to see more of us celebrate "hey I could tie my shoes today without holding my breath," or "I don't need blood pressure medication anymore," than to make it about the numbers, but I guess it's part of the process. Still, I really do think that the less about the numbers it becomes, the more healthy it is. Trying to find my optimal level of health and happiness at whatever number that ends up being, is my ultimate goal - and that's a little hard to put milestones on.

11-05-2008, 04:56 PM
That is just too awesome for words! :woohoo:

I know what you mean about the "numbers" but we are such a numbers driven society, whether it's hours in the day or miles driven, I think it's sort of ingrained in us to pay attention to them. 60 lbs gone through healthy choices and changing bad habits is an absolutely wonderful number to pay attention to. You celebrate all you want!

11-05-2008, 05:02 PM
congrats to you, Kaplods :)