In just a few weeks, November 18, 2006 to be exact, I will have been at my goal weight for 2 years. I have lost and maintained a 350 pound weight loss. That almost seems like a typo even to me. Not only that, but last week marks the second anniversary that I first saw Nan again after 28 years. My wife Nan and I graduated high school together. I had a huge crush on her back then but was too shy to tell her. Of course it was the worst kept secret crush in the history of mankind or so I was told years later.
We got married 6 months later.
Time has flown by since I hit my weight loss goal. Transition to maintenance has not been that difficult - but it has been different. You know - your weight loss phase is so active and goal driven. I find that maintenance is still goal driven but for some reason it does not feel the same. It takes a different kind of focus to keep those healthy habits that you develop along the way to your goal.
I have to confess, I had a lot of good intentions when I was getting close to my goal. I would change my goals to other related things. For example, while keeping my weight the same, try and lower my percentage of body fat. Try to increase my endurance. Well, so far, I have not done very good at that. I don’t know if I just needed a break - or if for the first time in my life, I have a full, happy satisfied active life, I have just gotten a little side tracked. I am working on increasing my cardiovascular fitness. I want to ride the MS 150 next year and I need to get in better shape to do that. If you have not read about this great organization that raises money to help fight Multiple Sclerosis, then you should take a look here http://www.ms150.org/
Life two years down the road is good. I married a wonderful woman who is a great person and we really love each other and complement each other well. I feel I have a true life partner and I look forward to everyday with her and our kids. As so many people have discovered, losing weight and getting fit does not miraculously solve all of life’s problems. However, I will say that being fit and healthy absolutely make me able to face any adversity that comes my way with hope, energy and the idea that I can be successful.
I had hoped that some opportunity would come up that would let me help others in their weight loss and fitness journey. That is really a goal to me. I am always happy to answer any question or to help anyone along the path to fitness and good health.
I hope everyone is doing great - if I can ever help anyone, please let me know. I read the boards everyday and would be happy to help.
Charles ~ Houston, TX