|Start Weight:||(13 Feb 13) 216.0 lb|
|Current Weight:||(08 Mar 14) 163.4 lb|
|Goal Weight:||160.0 lb|
following: ChristyLA's own diet
performance: losing 0.6 lb a week
12/7/13: I reached the lowest weight my body would let me comfortably reach (166 lbs). I now understand the concept of a "set point" weight. I'm unable to lose more weight, unless I were to undertake drastic measures.
I maintained 166 lbs for 3 weeks and then gained 0.6 lbs. This was when I realized I was in maintenance. I then increased my calories significantly and ate more protein, and I've maintained my weight so far. I would rather eat more and stay the same weight, than eat less and stay the same weight.
I feel great about losing 104 lbs. I'm what I weighed in high school, but I'm much healthier. I feel like I have good health for the first time in my life. Up until I was 19, I did not enjoy drinking water or eating fresh fruits or vegetables. I loved processed food - fast food, desserts, refined carbs. In my twenties, I was a cereal junky. I loved candy, bakery items, and ice-cream. I will never have those foods again and I'm glad.
I've completely changed as a person. I love healthy food now because I feel so much better when I eat it. I don't feel like a food addict anymore. I don't feel deprived.
Exercising is still a challenge for me, but at least I enjoy moving more than I used to. I enjoy doing a workout every day - even if it's only a short one - because I feel better physically and mentally when I do one. Working out might continue to help my physique even while I'm maintaining.
I feel great now because I don't have to hope for a loss on the scale anymore. And I feel so comfortable with my new habits that I know I can continue them. Maintenance was such a gradual transition for me and it's going well. I'm so happy I have arrived :)