Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I've had to do a lot of self coaching lately. I put on the clothes that I once filled and they fall off. I am making good choices with food. I'm getting my runs in. But the scale. I was very motivated by the scale moving. Yes, my BMI is in the healthful range. Yes, I am holding steady...but I cannot get it out of my mind that I have 20 lbs more to lose to reach SparkPeople's goal for me (based on height, weight, gender, etc.). It is hard for me to put that in the mental filing cabinet and focus on my marathon training. I know I am muscle building. But I would expect that I would still see a loss. I guess I am putting just enough logs on the metabolism 'fire' to maintain.
Maintaining is not a bad thing...especially after a 30 lb loss. It is a learning experience. If I continue to get the same mileage in (even post marathon ~ 16/17 miles per week over 7 days) then I will maintain. A definite lightbulb moment for me.
Something has to give...right? Do I drive myself nuts planning meals to get enough fuel and then not see the numbers change? Or do I just fuel up for now and stop with the scale?