|Highland Park, Kokomo, Indiana|
I've got a 30 year High School reunion coming up in my home state- Indiana. Back home again.
I've been in San Diego for 20 years , so California seems like home. My close relatives live out West, too. I still like visiting with family and friends when I return. I could do without the seasonal allergies, though.
As far as weight goes, my classmates have seen me yo-yo diet all over the place. I put the YO in yo-yo dieting after 40 years. I've known many of my classmates since kindergarten
In the past, I had major life changes at all the reunions I attended.
Graduation: normal weight, about 5 pounds higher than now. (1984)
10 year - didn't attend that year, about 30 pounds overweight. (1994)
15 year- didn't attend due to to an international trip, normal weight, about 10 pounds higher than my current. (1999)
20 year reunion- attended, normal weight- 10 pounds higher than current.
25 year reunion - attended, highest weight ever - 70 pounds higher than now (2009)
|August 2009 and July 2014|
30 year reunion - attending , normal weight, lowest weight since Freshman year in HS (2014)
Thoughts, beliefs and feelings :
1. I knew I would still be maintaining my weight loss in 2014 when I got to goal weight in 2012
2. I will be rocking a little black dress for the reunion dinner.
3. I feel like myself at the lower normal weight
4. I'm glad I attended my other reunions at all my weights
5. I don't give a rats a$$ what anyone thinks about me any more from weight or other perspectives.
6. I thought my 2009 blouse made me look "thin" when I bought it. When I saw this photo when I returned home, I realized I was very, very overweight, but didn't do anything about it for 2 more years.
7. I DO really care what I think about myself and I deeply care about myself, feeling my best, my best health- physically and emotional
8. I won't be shying away from cameras or photos
9. I will be focusing on remembering the good times and catching up on our lives.
10. It's just good to be me now.
11. The Indiana humidity and heat and travel are all much easier at a normal weight.
12. I'll stay on my food and exercise template while traveling. Because my food sobriety doesn't take a vacation.
There you go! What I think, believe, and feel in 12 bullet points.
What's working now:
1. Low-inflammatory, Paleo style diet for overall health and weight maintenance
2. Daily habits (weighing, walking, strength training, food template, stress relief and work/family/balance)
3. Good emotional boundaries
4. 1-3 Owning my own stuff, so I can just be myself
What did not work
1. Moderating junk food, eating sugar & wheat, counting calories/points- lower quality of health
2. No daily habits to support my goals (didn't weigh, didn't exercise, ate whatever, used food to cope, didn't put myself first life balance)
3. Didn't know how to set emotional boundaries until I was taught.
4. I didn't own my own stuff, I didn't feel "like myself"
Anyone have any High School Reunion stories to tell?
The take away:
|long road to my friends' Indiana home|