Switching to maintenance on my two-year weight loss anniversary
So today marks two years since I started out on this weight loss journey.
I haven't missed a day of food logging during that entire two-year time.
I am convinced that daily food logging -- and regular exercise -- are what have allowed me to stick with this journey of transformation.
I'm recording a slight increase on the scale this morning. I'm up four pounds from my lowest weight. I'm pretty sure it's related to sodium/carbs/hormones, but I wanted to have an official weight recorded as of this morning, to mark this two-year milestone.
I am officially switching to maintenance, as of today. My weight has been pretty stable for the past few months so I think it has settled into the zone it wants to be in. I could try to force the number on the scale a little lower by increasing my exercise and/or decreasing my food intake, but any changes I make would not be sustainable over time, so what's the point? (In his book The Diet Fix, weight loss doctor Yoni Freedhoff suggests setting a goal weight based on the least amount of food you can be satisfied with. I think that puts my weight at around 160 lbs., plus or minus a pound or two to account for normal weight fluctuations.) This will mean "settling" for a BMI of 26 as opposed to getting to a "perfect" BMI of less than 25, but I think I can live with that. After all, two years ago on this day, my BMI was 46.6 and I had given up hope of ever losing a significant amount of weight.
So my two year anniversary gift to myself is the gift of self-acceptance and the gift of weight maintenance.