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I can identify with both the struggler and the poor eater example (Janis and Gertrude). However, I am not struggling so much (relative to my failed attempts at maintenance) and I'm not a poor eater.
Who I am: ME! And I take a lot of photos!
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I am a hybrid. I'm a weight maintainer, structured Paleo styled eater who weighs every day and still tracks my food most days. I walk 8-11 thousand steps a day, with some sprinting and weight training. I'm one meal away from eating off the rails at ALL times.
How I identify myself:
I don't entirely fit into the Paleo mold, but I do identify the most with that eating template.
I don't entirely fit into the Primal mold, but I do identify with the play, sleep, and carb aspects.
I don't entirely fit into the Weight Watchers mold either, but I do identify with the support aspect.
I don't entirely fit into the Take Shape for Life (Medifast) maintainers, but it did work well for loss & support.
I absolutely disconnected from my obese identity, but I do have old wiring and habits that still surface. I still remember what it was like to be overweight as a kid in the 70's & 80's. And yo-yo weights as an adult in the 90's and 2000's.
I'm embracing the second year of weight maintenance for what it is for me- a lot of work cooking and exercising, tracking, and enjoying fresh, real food. A lot of time outdoors. A lot of emotional work too, with some personal growth. It's not too much. If I'm consistent with what works and I respect and am willing to work at it. And, willing to change up my routine if my life changes. And it did a lot in the first year.
I'm very excited to sign up on the NWCR- National Weight Control Registry so I can add my data to the data of those who are long time maintainers. Very exciting. It's taken 40 years to reach this point. Sweet! (in a non-food sort of way. ) ;)
Feb 3, 2013 is the 1 year mark. I'm going to crush 2013. Did you read the articles at Dr. Sharma's? Learn anything from them?