First, a big THANK YOU to all of you who left messages on my Goal Weight post just over a week ago. It was sooo nice to get them all. You'll notice a few changes. I will be skinny has turned into The Art of Weight Loss Maintenance. I guess it's more relevant to what lies ahead, and it turns out that I'm not skinny anyway. I've also changed my Blogger name. Me has turned into Mannie, which is not my real name but is close to it. I guess I got tired of using Me, perhaps a bit too arty for my tastes.
The milestone I'm referring to is that back in 2000, I was at goal weight for exactly 9 days, which I'm sure you'd agree is not a particularly long time. Now is actually the fourth time I've been at goal, the other periods being 6 ('94) and 12 months ('96). I've now been at goal for 10 days, breaking my previous shortest duration. You can see that the above graph that my weight gained for just over a week before getting back below goal. I expected that. You know how when you first start dieting, you typically lose a lot in the first week? Well, this is the opposite effect of that. When you start eating "normally", the weight of food inside you increases and so you weigh more. I need to lose a bit more fat to get back to just a tad below goal weight consistently. That will take 2-4 weeks.
I plan to have these graphs on every post for at least a year or two. When I think about how long the blog will be active for, I've got mixed thoughts. I really want it to last a life time, but is that realistic? Probably not. Very few blogs break 6 years. The blog has definitely helped me in losing weight, but I'll share a little secret. Promise not to tell? This is not my first weight loss blog. It's actually my third. The other two crashed and burned. The first one started off 10kg from goal (sigh) and ended up 20kg from goal (an even bigger sigh), 18 months later. The second blog started off 25kg above goal and stayed that way for a year. Mindset is everything, and it takes time to build that.
A few people have been noticing my weight loss at work, I had my yearly evaluation a few days ago and my supervisor said that someone had asked her if I had some health issue which caused my weight loss. She'd noticed my loss just before I became single last June and complimented me on my losses. Anyway, at the evaluation I told her no, I was fine, I just wanted to lose weight. She handled it well, wasn't judgmental and we joked about how the company gave out chocolate as a reward for many things. As an example, we were requested to do a company culture questionnaire and as a reminder, of course there was a small bar of chocolate as a thank you (the previous culture survey results got canned due to an earlier CEO being asked to resign for unknown reasons). What is weird is that the comments I've been getting have been the week and a half surrounding my reaching goal weight.
My goal emotional high hasn't started to wear off, I thought that it would only last a few days. I admit that losing 28kg (with a few rebounds added in - maybe 17kg) has been a tiring, draining experience. More on that later.