Wednesday, December 10, 2014
One year ago today I hit my goal weight. My goal was to get my weight down low enough to be in the "healthy" BMI range when weighed fully clothed at the doctor's office.
Not only have I maintained that initial 85 pound weight loss, I actually lost 15 pounds more in maintenance! So my ticker goal now is 98 pounds lower than my starting weight (what I weighed in the fall of 2012). That means that today I'm down 100 pounds.
I am elated to have a year of maintenance under my belt!
So what have I learned?
Maintenance is actually harder than losing. Why? Maintenance is pretty much the same effort as losing, if not more, but without the reward of seeing the numbers drop on the scale and applause from friends and family.
So far, maintenance for me is basically doing the same things as when I was losing. I am exercising more than I did in losing because i added half marathon training. My weight never stays the same - it's up and down by as much as 5 pounds with my hormonal shifts. Using Weightgrapher.com has been a big help in spotting the patterns.
I still struggle with knowing where my calorie target should be. I should be eating more, according to both Sparkpeole and my doctor, but that resulted in rapid weight gain when I tried. I think I added too many calories too quickly, so I am going to try again with just 50 calories at a time.
I know the odds for regain are still high so I will continue to be vigilant. I am determined to beat the odds. When I was born three months premature, the doctors gave me a 25% chance of survival. I beat those odds so I know I can do this if I fight for it!
Next goals: Reach 2 years of maintenance at goal! Run two half marathons in 2015!
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Sunday I ran my first half marathon! Me, a klutz and former couch potato! 100 pounds ago, I could not even imagine walking three miles, let alone running 13.1.
I finished in 2:10:33 and I'm proud of the fact that I paced evenly and was able to finish strong and with a smile on my face.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
I just had an epiphany. I was obese for close to 15 years because I ate to numb the pain. I have fibromyalgia and chronic migraines. Not even prescription pain medicines could numb the pain, but Supersize fast food and lots of sugar numbed it for a while. What I didn't know is that my poor food choices and sedentary lifestyle were actually making the pain worse!
I hope I can succeed at continuing to maintain my healthy weight. I think I can because now when I am in pain, I no longer reach for something sugary or head to the Golden Arches. I know I need endorphins to cope and I choose to get them from exercise.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
My natural inclination to be a perfectionist is making maintenance stressful.
I'm told it's normal for a woman's weight to fluctuate with hormones, sodium intake, etc. Having lost and gained 20 pounds and 33 pounds in the past, I am petrified that I will gain back the 90+ pounds I've lost this time. I know this time I did it the "right" way - good nutrition, reducing and tracking food intake, and adding in lots of exercise - but still, the fear is there.
Every time the scale goes up, I panic, thinking this is the beginning of the end. I know that I can expect up to a 5 lb jump for PMS and a 2 lb jump for sodium but still, it makes me panic and go back to 1300 calories until the number comes down. This cycle means I'm still losing weight, albeit slowly.
This drive to be perfect has kept me from increasing my calories to where the doctor and Sparkpeople say I should be. It's stressing me out and causing friction with my loved ones. I'd love to be more relaxed and let myself have a cookie now and then.
How much did the scale vary while you were finding your maintenance calorie range?
How do I let go of the idea that my weight should be at the magic number every day?
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