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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

WW Wednesday

I'm new to WW Wednesday, but not to weight loss.

I lost 75 pounds with Weight Watchers over the last year, and have been maintaining since March of this year. (yea!)

People are always telling me that maintenance is harder than losing the weight, and I think that may be true. It got me thinking about the major hurdles... what are the hardest parts about weight loss...

Losing weight was tough. It took me a long time - nearly a year. The Mr lost about 65 pounds in about 7 months. He was done long before I was, and that was frustrating. I lost almost 50 of the 75 pounds before anyone really noticed. (argh!) I found it hard to stay motivated sometimes.

But even harder than that, I think, and I think this is true for a lot of people, was actually making the decision to lose weight. Not "I've got a few pounds to lose, maybe I'll lay off the chips this week" but the realization that it is more important to lose weight than it is to have that piece of cake. That's tough. No one likes to admit they are fat. And food tastes good. Some food tastes REALLY good.

And that decision, the one that says you want to lose weight or stay thin rather than eat whatever tasty plate is in front of you? Has to be made over and over again. That's the hard part about maintaining.

Now we are entering a really challenging time of year, with Halloween candy, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and in my family, a whole truckload of birthdays. The Mr and I are starting the season off with a cruise as well. We leave Saturday - I'll let you know how it went!

How did you do this week?

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