5/28/07

best before....

sometimes I wonder if I have an expiration date in terms of blogging about weight watchers. As if I should just toss the whole thing out like the container of yogourt that's been sitting in my fridge for a few weeks that has probably started to grow things... In a month and a couple of weeks, I'll have maintained my goal weight for a year. It's getting to the point where people don't remember me being "big" anymore (I say it with quotations because MY big is subjective and I do not want to diminish anyone else's struggles or anyone who has more to lose than I did. MY big is MY perception.). And sometimes I feel like people think I'm a big ol' fraud about my weight loss. Don't take this as an "oh woe is me," just letting ya know. The last few weeks I've seen my scale be not so kind to me as I've been not so kind to my body. I run too much and then I eat too much - simple as that. I don't make excuses. Last week I was really good about my eating, even my mini binge and my scale is my friend again but I still have that lingering thought. To be honest and put it in numbers - I went up a total of 5 in the last month and I am now back down 2lbs. See, this comes back to me making the choice to do this program in some way, shape or form FOR LIFE to maintain my weight because I've proven that I will eat WHATEVER I want and running my ass off will not keep me exactly where I need to be. Does that mean I can continue to talk about it, look for support, give advice, bitch about random weight loss topics and food finds? Or does it look like a "skinny" chick whining? because sometimes, I wonder if that's how people see me (I'd be flattered by the skinny part - not so much the whiny thing though :P). Whether people choose to come and read -well, it's their choice. I've chosen to make this my lifestyle for life. Sadly, onliners don't make "lifetime" and I've surpassed that and then some. So I'm going to couple this here blog with my weight watchers online account. I'll keep blogging until I give that puppy up. A good catharsis sheds a few ounces too, right? Every little bit helps. and I think the shelf life on that is indefinite.

15 comments:

~paige~ said...

I am so glad your shelf life is indefinite. I don't want you to expire

Maria said...

Agreed. You're definitely a pantry staple and not some fuzzy overdue yogurt (ok, sorry, that was bad) ...

It's funny that you say some people think of you as a skinny whiny chick (skinny, yes, the rest, no). I've always considered you as the paramount success story, because you've stayed a skinny chick by keeping up the lifestyle that got you here. That's why you don't look like your before pic, and in my opinion, entitled to a conversation about and with food as long as you like. It's not so easy as 'the battle is won' because food is a part of your life for, well, all of it.

Angie All The Way said...

Here's my two cents: people who don't understand what it takes to loose that kind of weight and to acheive a healthy "skinny" body might be the ones to ignorantly view a "whining skinny chick," because they have no idea whatsoever what goes into that acheivment and most importantly, what it takes to stay that way. There will always be cynics for everything, but those people are definitely not the people reading your blog and getting inspiration from it. They are the ones who have never experiences this kind of feat or in some cases, ever had to. And like you said, those bums can click somewhere else!

You kick ass and help an awful lot of people make their way to where you are standing and we'll be right along there with you blogging as "skinny chicks" blabbing on about food and WW!

lainb said...

what's the point in making all these lifestyle changes if to never get to the point of "skinny chick"? :) I think that shows progress & success! And, hey, it's YOUR blog and that means you can whine, bitch, write about anything you wish! Your readers aren't forced to read...we're here by choice! :)

p.s. when I first looked at this post, I assumed that was a picture of a milk container you found in your fridge with an expiration date of "Sept 09" (LAST September! haha).

Tara said...

I'm so glad you posted this today. I've really been feeling the same way lately.

I didn't even start my blog until after I reached lifetime status. I think that's really when I started to get more involved in WW online. I now not only use the message boards for support (which I never did until after I reached lifetime status), but I've also recently become an online member.

I've realized that this is something that I will need to do for life, as you said. Posting online and counting my points keeps me accountable, and I will have to do this for as long as I want to stay in control of my weight.

Thank you so much for posting today!

Lindsay said...

i love reading your blog, because you have maitained your weight for a year! and I LOVE that, it shows the struggles that you have to go through, and the way your life has changed!

Natalie said...

I like the fact that I can read blogs from some people who are just starting ww, some that have been at it for awhile and still not at goal, and those like you that are in maintain mode. It's important I think. It gives me hope that I can get there and maintain too!

I hope you stick around for awhile...

Sara said...

I would definitely miss you if you decided to expire! Just because you are at your ideal weight does not mean it is no longer a struggle. Just b/c your now skinny doesn't mean that you don't have food issues or exercise issues. You are an inspiration to so many people (myself included) and the world of blogging would be a crappier place without you in it! Plus you are another Toronto runner, I love that!

Jen said...

I agree with Natalie, it is refreshing to read blogs from different steps in the journey...

and no, please don't ever expire...I love to read your blog because it's nice to know that you don't turn into some skinny alien when you reach goal...it's nice to know that you are human and still face the same challenges!!!

On that note, I wish we could all wear a before picture taped to our backs...I know that pride is a sin, but I don't EVER want to forget how far I have come, especially if other people have...

Mandy said...

I love watching you go through the ups and downs of maintenance because it gives me hope that when I am there, I can do it too. You are inspirational and I totally get what you mean about people thinking you are the 'whiny skinny chick'. I often have people comment that they think I am obsessed with this whole weight loss thing - somehow, people who have never been here think that once you lose the weight, you can just eat whatever and not be careful anymore. That is not so and that is terrifying to me. You are proof to me that it can be done and YOU ROCK GIRL!!! Don't you dare go anywhere - I need my daily dose of 'marie' :)

katieo said...

Hi! I had to comment when I read this post. I have lost about 20 lbs since the birth of my son. I'm about a size 10 right now hoping to get to a 6. Ironically, the thing I'm MOST scared of is actually reaching my goals and figuring out how to maintain the loss. I have found hundreds of weight loss blogs, not so many on the struggle to STAY fit, smaller, etc.

Everyone is at different spot int he path. You're ahead of many of us, and can help lots of us by "continuing to talk about it."

Thanks so much for your thoughts, I'll be coming around as long as you're here!

CaRoLyN said...

Weight is a lifelong struggle for a lot of people. It isn't something you can just accomplish and then never think about again. Maintaining is the hardest part and many many people are at that stage. To those people, and to us who still have a few lbs to shed, your blog is inspiring! It shows us what is achievable and you give us great tips and tricks of the trade. Personally, I love your blog and look forward to reading it!!

Krissie said...

Maybe if I had continued to work the program, and been accountable to blogland, I may have not worked my way back to whiny fat chick again. Keep it up, girl. I'd miss you and your inspiration if you went away.

Anonymous said...

Hello there - my name is Sarah and I have been reading your blog for a while.

To be perfectly honest - I find your blog inspirational. Maintainance is a hard part of the journey, and I myself have never been there.

But reading your blog along with others who have done so amazing makes me believe that it *is* possible to maintain goal for a long long time.

So - I think you should keep going :) You are a great inspiration to a lot of us!

Shrunk said...

You can't expire! I'd die! People like me look to you for inspiration. You've DONE maintenace for a year, that's a big deal in my eyes. I enjoy each and every one of your posts Marie. Please stick around!

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