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For those who have reached target?

#1
What do you do? How does it feel? - do you still feel big? - Do you do random dances?

Reason I ask is because for the first time today, despite what other people have said I was looking in the mirror an had to do double takes! - I actually started "doing a twirl"** changing angles etc.- and yes, I liked what I saw.


** please note - no dresses, skirts or any women's attire were used in the making of said twirl.
 
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#2
Thats a good question! I know I am nowhere near target but I remember 4 stone ago moaning at my size and how nothing fits, and 4 stone heavier doing exactly the same thing! So at what point are we ever happy lol
 
#3
When I lost weight in the past I didn't appreciate how much i'd actually lost and still saw myself as the same size - think that's also one of the reasons why I didn't notice it creeping back on again.

Not sure what i'll do this time round to stop it - probably take photo's at each stone and before and after measurements.

Soon it'll be my turn to twirl in front of the mirror again!!
 
#4
Have to say I feel really good, energy wise but really don't realise it in myself looks wise? I have lost the weight quite quickly so I wonder if thats why.

Still been trawling round shops in the sales picking up clothes that are too big, seen few xmas pics of myself and suddenly realised how much slimmer I look. When I'm sat down now in my joggy bottoms I don't feel any different.

However, this is the first New Year for a very long time that I am not starting a 'diet' and that feels amazing. 2011 is going to be the year I learn to keep the weight off rather! :)
 
#5
I only had 16lb to lose, so for me I didn't have that wow factor in achieving my target weight.

Of course I'm pleased with what I've done & intend to keep the excess weight off.

Acheiveing target is a wonderful feeling & I just wanted to tell everyone what I'd done. The hard part for me was just after, you're head tells you're at target now so can relax, but then again you can't relax too much as you'll be back in the same position:cool:
 
#6
I'll be honest and say that I didnt find reaching target the be-all-and-end-all. I spent all year aiming for it, then I hit it, and that moment was really great, proper sense of achievement and that I had actually managed to do what I set out to do.

But then after that, a creeping sense of "Well, what now...?" set in. I found myself at a bit of a loss, having been so focused, to know what to do next. I occasionally catch myself unawares in the mirror, but still tend to avoid them, because I dont have a new sense of being suddenly attractive, I still feel the same as I did before, except running up the stairs is now possible without requiring a crash team waiting for me at the top.z
 
#7
I felt like MLM . I am recently at target.........apart from the bit I have put on over Christmas.

Yes I do feel different though, very different, brighter, lighter more active.

I have just changed my stats and hope to take another 5lbs off my original target.
 
#8
I have been at target for nearly a year and I must admit to feeling very excited when I try on clothes.
I'm happy to be at target and it makes me feel calm because I don't have the panic of losing the weight now. Luckily I don't find it harder to maintain, but it's not easier either. It's just like losing weight but with more food.
For me the biggest challenge was always going to be maintaining and I have to really concentrate.
 
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#9
I'm not at target yet, but clothes shopping with xmas money hjas made me do some of those twirls ;) (although mine included two rather short dresses that i would never in a MILLION years have even tried on if it wasn't for the pushy and encouraging sales girlie in the changing room...)

I'm starting to notice it. I'm not far off target so i'm hoping when i reach T, I'll be a bit more used to what i look like and stop staring at my new found slim legs in shop windows ;)
 
#10
Oh a bit of a mixed bag - hope after all the hard work, reaching target is not an anti-climax?

Perhaps the real challenge is maintaining the loss by keeping it off - a bit like passing your test, only then do you start to learn lol.

Steve
 
#11
I have been at target for nearly a year and I must admit to feeling very excited when I try on clothes.
I'm happy to be at target and it makes me feel calm because I don't have the panic of losing the weight now. Luckily I don't find it harder to maintain, but it's not easier either. It's just like losing weight but with more food.
For me the biggest challenge was always going to be maintaining and I have to really concentrate.
That is just so good Eternity. Maintaining for a year is a huge achievement and proofs you have learnt life's eating lessons big time............respect to you, admiration and nothing but praise cos losing it is the easy bit. Keeping it off is soooooooooo hard.

WELL DONE !!!!

Oh a bit of a mixed bag - hope after all the hard work, reaching target is not an anti-climax?

Perhaps the real challenge is maintaining the loss by keeping it off - a bit like passing your test, only then do you start to learn lol.

Steve
So true..........that is the real big goodie, learning to walk the fine line between staying the same and gaining again.
 
#12
Perhaps the real challenge is maintaining the loss by keeping it off - a bit like passing your test, only then do you start to learn lol.
My old consultant always used to say that losing weight was easy and the real work started when you hit target and had to maintain.
 
#13
I have read other people on here saying that it is the maintaining that is the real work, and I am inclined to agree. When you are really focussed on getting to target, that supercedes all your little cravings and passing fancies because you know that if you indulge them too much you are in danger of losing the self-control of the plan.

When you hit target, and you are in the process of maintaining, it is very easy to just have something because "it wont make a difference". As long as its just the something, then thats great, but when you dont have the focus on losing any more, then all those things that you could cheerfully ignore before start yelling at you from the supermarket shelves and saying "You did it, you can have me now!! HAVE FIVE OF ME!! HAVE TEN!!".

I cant imagine many of us got to the point where we ended up here because willpower and self-control were our strongest qualities. Emotional eating doesnt suddenly stop happening, it just gets over-ridden by the need to lose while you are losing. The need to maintain is a much more vague entity, and it takes some doing to still stick to doing stuff in moderation and within reason.

I have long held the opinion that in my case, certainly, my weight gain was a symptom of a deeper root cause. That root cause has not gone away. However I do seem to be developing the skill of self-reminding - and prompting myself to just stay a little bit in control. It doesnt always happen, and certainly not in the last week!! But I have been able to switch back into losing mode pretty easily today, so the christmas gain will soon take a beating, but then I have to readjust my mind to being a little bit more focussed on naughty stuff being "in moderation".
 
#14
Very well explained !!

All I can add to that is that I now have a fear of being fat again. A real fear because being slimmer is so good, so much better than my old "fat" life.

Physically I feel good about myself. Now if I could just do the same psychologically all will be well !!!
 
#15
I felt a real sense of achievement and proud that I managed to reach my target weight. However my head still thinks I'm overweight sometimes and I often struggle to see what everyone else does. People say I look great, slim, skinny etc and at times I think they're lying. When I go clothes shopping I still take 16s in to try in case the 12s no longer fit. I must admit that when I slip into size 12 it is a brilliant feeling.
So for me getting to target has its emotional ups and downs and maintaining is a battle in itself, but overall I know that I'm healthier and whether I believe it or not I HAVE lost 3 stone!
 

lurverick

Now to maintain.....
#16
excellent post minxy......i'd rep ya but i need to be sharing the love around!!
i hit target on the 15th of november....ive easily maintained within the boundaries but was left with that feeling of what now etc and yes it is the maintaining thats the damn hard work.
i cant say i thought ooo yay about my body when i hit target but....ive had an odd christmas sw wise....due to lurgy i actually lost.
at one point i was 5.5lb below target and you know what i realised i didnt like it,i thought it was too thin!!! im now back up to bottom end of target(t-3...poss t-3.5) and thats where i feel happiest around there.
so whilst i wish to god i hadnt got the lurgy at christmas it did actually teach me a very valuable lesson and answered a few questions for me.
i panicked at being t-5.5.....i didnt like it,i wasnt thinking oooo a lil bit more and i can lower target by 7lb.....which was something i had wondered after the what now feeling of hitting it.
 
#17
#19
Hi

Im an unhappy Sw'er i think!
I have hit target...infact im 8lbs below target, but im still not happy lol!
I always look in the mirror and think i could be thinner...or LOOK thinner.
To me im still the chubby girl i was before, i dont notice i've lost weight until other people comment on it!

Kate x
 
#20
KT, please please dont go any lower. You are at the lower end of your BMI range, you look FANTASTIC, but I dont personally think you can afford to lose any more. If you genuinely look in the mirror and see a body that isnt INCREDIBLY slender - then I really think you need to seek some advice about that from your GP, because IT IS. There is nothing left of you to lose. Your head really really needs to catch up with your body.
 


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