Sunday, June 01, 2014

Breaking through barriers

Working toward seeing this number again -- soon!
I saw a post the other day about someone who kept getting close to breaking into the 100s, and kept getting stuck. I commented -- "Is there something scary about being out of the 200s for you?"

Then I realized -- I have been stuck at or around the barrier between 180 and 179 for longer than I really want to think about, and commented with that. Other people posted about similar challenges getting into the 180s, 140s, etc.

After reflecting, sometimes breaking into a weight "decade" or even "century," is difficult just because it is going to require a change. I had settled into a lifestyle that maintained me, without too much effort, at the weight I was.  The injury scared me because I knew that part of that lifestyle was a lot of exercise, and I was afraid of gaining if I couldn't keep it up.

I rejoined Weight Watchers because I knew I needed a push to make a change to a lifestyle that would maintain me at a lower weight without heroic workouts.  The first week, I did great because I stayed focused on that lifestyle. I think my big weight loss that week made me think I could loosen up and still lose -- hence two weeks of gains.

After last week's meeting topic on anchors, I searched out a photo of a simple, unstructured bathing suit and put it on the lock screen of my phone.  This is what I'm working toward -- a body that doesn't need a bathing suit with a built-in girdle to look good. I will probably need one with more bust support than this one might suggest, but you get the idea.  It's a reminder every time I log my food that I have reasons for wanting to lose that are important to me, even if they are a little frivolous.  I think that keeping those reasons in mind will help me to break through the decade barriers.


  1. I need a built in girdle to hold the excess skin . . .

    But I get your point. Goal picture is cute, gets the point across, is nicely simple, visual.

    1. I don't have loose skin and my weight goal is close enough that I'm hoping I won't have it. You lost a lot more than I did.


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