Sunday, July 14, 2013


I am feeling amazingly well. I find myself surprised, sometimes, at how good I feel. I haven't felt like this in over a year. I have more energy, I am sleeping more soundly and I am motivated on most days to stay active. My activity level has skyrocketed, and while it is not the kind of "workout" people usually think of when they imagine exercising, it *is* plenty of movement and I can feel the benefits already. For example, yesterday I walked my dogs a couple of times, walked with my daughter, and was on my feet almost constantly from 6 am to 8 pm. In fact, I was a little worried because my feet were quite sore by evening, but it was a more normal kind of sore... not a plantar fasciitis kind of sore... so I just iced them and elevated my legs and this morning they feel fine. I think, for me, being active in the form of putting in a lot of walking steps for many hours each day is better at this point than doing something like aerobics or another vigorous workout for half an hour a day. I am not discounting that kind of workout, but this lifestyle is doing me a lot better, is not hard on my joints, and puts me in an excellent, positive state of mind. I will probably add more strength training (which has gone by the wayside lately) and more indoor biking (which is more aerobic) when the days begin to shorten and the weather gets cooler.

I've read a lot of weight loss stories over the years... hundreds, probably. I often wonder about the afterstory on all of those people. I'm not talking about just bloggers, but also those folks who tell their stories in magazines or on TV. They usually appear right at the finish line of 'successful weight loss', when they reach their goal weight and look really good and pretty normal. But then, 90% of the time we never hear from them again. We can follow up on some stories, like those who've gone on the Biggest Loser TV show, and see that there are a lot of people who gain the weight back while some work hard to keep it off. But most of the time, we see the excited, celebratory before-and-afters but never see an after-after. I think that is part of the value of long-term weight loss blogging... we get to see what happens after the after. There are those who blog their successful maintenance and fewer who blog through their regains and struggles, and both types are truly invaluable to those seeking to change for good. Everyone can learn from others' successes and struggles. I hope more people who blog will continue writing after the after. That is my favorite type of blog, because we can learn so much about the 'hard part' of weight loss by reading what others have done.

Today will be a rest day for me: reading, painting my nails, enjoying the backyard, watching a movie or two while throwing in a load of laundry once in awhile and taking a mile walk with a dog or a child on a scooter here and there. I had a nice big mug of decaf coffee and a Medifast pancake dotted with fresh blueberries this morning for breakfast. We're going for Indian food for dinner and I am looking forward to Tandoori chicken and curried vegetables tonight.

Have a GREAT Sunday!


Anonymous said...

I shed a tear reading this because I was one of those success stories. I blogged my whole loss and my after pictures and then I stopped blogging. It's been a long, long time and I have never updated my old, defunct blog because I have regained every pound I lost, plus some. I am so ashamed and embarrassed. I wish I had been brave enough to keep blogging when that first 15 pounds came back, because maybe then I would have kept fighting. I only wish I had, but I was too embarrassed.

You are brave but what you are doing is not just helping others; I am sure it is also helping you. If you had disappeared you might have gained it all back. I am thankful you didn't. I may start a new, fresh blog without the backstory. Blogging works.

MargieAnne said...

Hi Lyn.

Here is a link to 5 long term bloggers who are in some kind of maintenance mode.

You may already be linked to this group but in light of your post thought this might be good reading if you have some time.

I'm very gladyou no longer have such severe foot pain. I hope it lasts as I'm sure you do too.


Gwen said...

Anonymous, I wish I knew who you were. Either way, I am wrapping you in a big hug and telling you that more than 89% of dieters gain it all back and usually even more. I myself blogged my way to over a 70 lb loss in 2009', then gained all but nine back. I have now lost 50 lbs this year. But I've changed tremendously since 09 , and I'm going to beat the odds this time. THe past is behind you. You can do this! Don't be embarrassed! Many of us have walked in your shoes!

Lori said...

I am so glad your feet are better. I read that with a smile on my face.

As for the after-after stories, I've wondered the same thing. As much as I've struggled with the ups & downs on the way down, it makes me more concerned about it at my goal weight.