Looking Back

Reflection has become a major part of my journey.  Not only is it important to look forward to successful completion of weight loss and ongoing weight maintenance, but it’s also important to look back at how I’ve gotten to where I am today.  I hope to periodically write “Looking Back” posts that cover 12, 6, 3, and 1 month reflections.

Photo by SeeBeeW

Photo by SeeBeeW

This time last year…

I was barely a month into the program  and I had already “cheated.”  I had a salad before it was time to integrate fruits and vegetables.  I learned that mistakes happen, that my progress was not thwarted my a single indiscretion, and that there were much more egregious mistakes that I could have made than eating some lettuce.  After integrating fruits and vegetables, I got creative with the vanilla meal replacement and invented a recipe for pineapple upside down cake.  Yum!

6 months ago…

…I wrote nearly twenty blog posts, three of which were related to succumbing to and overcoming boredom (emotional) eating.  Today I feel that I’ve learned to overcome boredom eating by recognizing the difference between boredom and hunger.  That took a long time.  I also wrote a lot about successes and ways that I celebrated those successes including collecting ping pong balls and donating old clothes.  By that time, I had already settled into my minimalist approach to consuming meal replacements directly from the pouch.  Most of the meal replacements I eat today are consumed just this way.

3 months ago…

I joined a gym and started seriously exercising.  I crossed the threshold of 200 pounds lost.  I rode a roller coaster.  I got a massage.  September was also the first month I had to take a ball out of my jar.  My writing in September was much less about food and meal replacements and much more about life and experiences.  In fact, I didn’t write a single post about eating.  Interesting.

1 month ago…

…I began my transition into conventional food.  I posted about eating meal replacements, and I posted about eating conventional food.  I also talked about the tools I was gathering to prepare healthy meals.  More than anything else, though, I wrote reflectively about the weight loss process.


My quality of life has increased dramatically.  I am so happy to be where I am, and I believe confidently that I will reach my goal of 180 pounds, and I will succeed in weight maintenance under the guidance of the UAMS program staff.

Where were you last year?

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