Somehow, this time it worked. Maybe by not holding myself to the time-honored dieting standards, I was able to muddle into something that made sense for my body...and my mind - I can't discount that, as dieting is a huge mental process along with the physical part of restricting food/changing what and how you eat.
I haven't weighed myself in over two years, which is another unconventional thing that someone who is trying to maintain a big weight loss usually doesn't do - but it works for me. I haven't hyperfocused on my food; nothing is off limits, but I choose not to eat certain things, too. I definitely have had my ups and downs when it comes to keeping the weight off, but all in all, I've done the best job of it in my life, and I'm pretty pleased that I'm able to write a post like this, six years after I wrote this one. I set out to make a major change by losing weight and becoming a healthier person, and I actually did it.
If I could, I'd go around giving every one of you a ::high five:: because truly, having the interaction with my readers has been a tremendous asset with keeping me going, both in the early months and now. Once the bloom of new weight loss wears off, it can be a slog to keep doing what needs to be done, day after day, week after week, month after month - but this is exactly what it takes to not slide back to my old overweight self. You guys are the best, and I thank you for showing up so often.
Just for fun, I did my six year picture wearing the same clothes as my four year picture - I couldn't go on the lawn, though, as it poured rain the night before and the grass was waterlogged:
May 2014, six years of weight loss/maintenance!
May 2012 - May 2014...