I reached goal this morning! I started in July 2013 and wanted to get to 165 which would be low for me. Since kids were born, I have dieted many times and get to around 172, feel okay and then gain it all back. Tried all the fads and this time decided to use MFP which made me decide I would just count calories. So when I got to 165 I realized I was still overweight as far as BMI goes, so I set goal for 155. Then when I got there I set it to 150 and that's where I am now.
I still can't believe I'm here!!! I think many years ago I decided size 12-14 and 172 would be fine. But for the first time ever I added exercise and that really helped motivate me. Plus it's just my DH and I now. DS is out of college and working and DD in third year out of state, in NYC. So, with just us home it was easier I think. He'll eat whatever is here and is just happy if I make anything, because we were so busy with kids schedules many times no one cooked and we just ate out.
I teach HS full time and college part time and am a dog lover. We only have one small mixed dog now, but usually we have two dogs. Our golden retriever died in 2013. Still miss him. Looking for another but would like a rescue.
I've looked over some of the maintenance threads over the past month or so to see how you do it and I can see it is not easy. But with support like you all provide each other it can be done! I would like to move over to intuitive eating one day, but for now I'm going to keep counting calories until I figure out at which level I can maintain.
Hope to join in on your fun threads!