I'm not sure of the exact date, but late last December, after two wellness challenges, better eating habits and increased exercise, I reached my goal weight. It was a lot of hard work and the result was normal blood pressure, good cholesterol numbers and optimal glucose levels. Plus my waist size went from 44 down to 34 inches.
There were a few comments along the way that I still hear at times, even though it has been a year since I reached my lowest weight. The first comment comes from those that knew my sister had anorexia. They assume that automatically I would "catch" anorexia, even though my goal is to be healthy. Only another sibling of an anorexic can truly understand what this feels like. The only way I can describe it is if one sibling is an alcoholic, someone will feel the other sibling is an alcoholic because they had one drink. I know people say these things because they care, but it just shows how misunderstood anorexia really is.
The other line that I occasionally hear is "when are you going to stop losing weight"! Now, what do I have to do… bring a scale with me to prove my weight is the same? I have not lost an once of weight since December of 2012. In fact, I've gained a few pounds, which is probably muscle from the strength training.
I am proud of maintaining my weight and I have no desire to be sickly thin. For me, it was never about the weight but rather to eat right to avoid medication. I plan to continue eating healthy and work on my abs… my stomach is slowly flattening but it takes time. I do crunches and sit ups daily, I'm not stressing too much about the loose skin around the abs as I know it will eventually tighten.