Wednesday, January 13, 2016
After 6 1/2 years on SpartPeople I reached my goal weight today, a weight I haven't seen for 35 years. I thought I would be ecstatic. I was surprised to find I am happy but mellow. I wasn't waiting on baited breath for this day to come. I knew I was close but I was just letting it happen. In fact, I had gone up 2 pounds yesterday so I was definitely not expecting to see goal weight on my scale this morning..
I am feeling proud of my accomplishment and eager for the future to continue in the healthy way my life has been going. I have no plans to celebrate (especially with food!) except that I had planned a purchase of a new electronic Tablet on reaching my goal. So I guess I'll go shopping for one!
The first thing I did was to read The Beck Diet Solution Chapter 11 and 12 again . Chapter 11 is When to Stop Losing and Start Maintaining and Chapter 12 is How to Stay at Your New Weight. I know that I have held my goal weight number in my mind for at least 20 years. It is the weight I got married at. I reached a lower weight once about 10 years later, but only stayed there long enough to quit Weight Watchers and start heading up again. This time is different. I am not quitting my healthy life style. I am going to continue eating the same number of calories, continue the same activity level I have been and keep on doing all my Beck activities, and see what happens. When I reach a plateau of several weeks, I will decide then what my final goal will be. Beck outlines a process for finding our Lowest Achievable Weight and our Lowest Maintainable weight (Chapter 11) that I will follow when I have reached that plateau. I will decide then what my ultimate goal will be.
For now, I will enjoy the goal of accomplishment and sense of pride that I feel. I am at a place today that I never honestly believed I would reach and I am happy. Right now, I want to maintain this weight loss because I want to continue to reap the benefits and advantages I have worked so hard to achieve. Stay tuned!