Gosh, is this really the last (official) week??
I have really appreciated this challenge- it's been exactly the right kind (non-competitive, success is self-defined, etc). I think we've done something very special here.
I'd like to continue posting updates here, and I'll invite anyone else who would like to continue to just keep posting. We don't need to make it official. Just check in when you can, and feel free to tag me if you haven't seen me in a while. Because this is not a temporary thing for me- I'm going to be doing this for the rest of my life, I hope.
It has been a good half-year. I've lost thirty pounds, I'm more active and more comfortable while I'm being active, I'm sleeping like a normal person, and I don't worry about food or constantly crave it anymore. I feel stronger and better-rested in every way. I have a lot left to go to be in the health place I want to be, but I'm in a place where I don't hate my current body. And I no longer think I need to aim for a socially-acceptable goal weight. I'll be fine with remaining heavier than average, even technically "overweight" if I meet my health goals- I don't think "thin" is in the cards for me, and that's okay. Health is the goal.