Well, it's that time of year again.
In May and November of every year --
yeah, I'm a little late this holiday season, but at least I made it to the crucial "between Thanksgiving and Christmas" metric --
I write a few posts about the maintenance of my 2008 weight loss.
I do this for a couple of reasons.
First, it gives me the opportunity to clean up the links to old posts about gluttony, weight loss, and weight maintenance. Taken all together, the posts about gluttony and weight loss and such form a lengthy and growing series, and it's one that gets a lot of hits. I can see from the stats that often someone comes to read through the whole thing. I like to keep it maintained if I can. (Right now it's a little ragged. I'll let you know when I get it all fixed up.)
Second, it gives me a needed semi-annual accountability fix. It always seems that right about every six months, I've started to slide a bit, and writing publicly about my lazy bad habits generally shames me into paying attention to them again long enough to do me some good. This is a long-term project and it needs regular upkeep, even as the frequency of upkeep has dropped quite low.
Third, time has refined and tested many of my theories and ideas about how to defeat gluttony and, secondarily, how to resist gaining the weight back; also, how to maintain mental health and raise children with healthy attitudes toward bodies, food, and fitness. As I stumbled along, I got a lot of things wrong or at least not quite right, and as I get older and learn things, I like to go back and see what I used to think and write, and ask myself if I have learned anything new. I want to find places where I was wrong, and point them out here in this space, maybe go back and update old posts.
- what would you like to see here in the next few posts?
- any stories from the trenches you'd like to share?
- recommendations of articles or books? (A few people have sent me some already that I've saved for this)
- any questions?
The combox is yours.
EDITED TO ADD: Really, only one comment or question? Maybe I've finally exhausted the topic!