Monday, September 24, 2012
A couple days ago I wrote a blog about whether maintaining a weight loss is hard. My point was that if you have reasonable expectations about how you are going to eat and exercise once you achieve your goal weight, that maintenance won't be as hard as it is for those with unrealistic expectations.
I wrote that blog after thinking about the many times I did not succeed at maintenance. I was the queen of unrealistic expectations. I thought my life would be perfect at goal weight. It wasn't. I thought I would not have to work so hard to maintain. It's work. I expected to eat dessert every day. I'm more successful when I eat more fruits and veggies and a few nuts rather than sweets. I thought I'd just naturally learn how much to eat. I haven't. I still need to weigh, measure, and track often.
Having realistic expectations about how you will eat and exercise to maintain goal weight may be necessary for maintenance, but on further reflection, it is not sufficient. This time when I got to goal I read everything I could find on maintenance on SparkPeople, WeightWatchers, Beck Diet Solution, National Weight Control Registry and whatever else I could find. One thing I read scared me. I read several places that expecting success at maintenance is important to maintaining. What?? How could I have confidence that I could maintain when I had failed at maintenance at least eight times before?
I wanted to succeed at maintenance, but I had very little expectation that I would. I knew that building confidence in my ability to maintain was important for my success. So, I started out very slowly. This time, instead of adding desserts and treats to my losing food plan, I added extra skim milk and more extra virgin olive oil. I was not gaining!! I found the SP meal plans with calorie ranges for my maintenance. Although I didn't follow them exactly, I used them to inform my food selections and portions.
Although I got to goal weight with more or less realistic ideas about how I would eat and exercise, I did not have expectation of success. But by eating as well as I could (sometimes far from perfect) and continuing to enjoy my workouts, I gradually built confidence in my ability to maintain. One of my SparkFriends (should I call out MIRAGE727??) said he "owns maintenance". I love that confidence! I'm not there yet, but I'm getting closer.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
We had a great ride today, my longest ever. I enjoyed all 23.5 miles of it. The most special part was riding on the dirt and gravel paths through the Circle Bar B Nature Preserve. Although I have walked back in there, this was my first time to go by bike and cover far more area than I ever had before in a day. We were so close to sand hill cranes and great blue herons I think I could have touched them if I were willing to lean enough to fall off the bike! There were anhingas, roseate spoonbills, egrets, turkey vultures,small herons, and quite a few birds that I can't name. I caught a glimpse of a large gator moving away that they tell me I rode right by without seeing!
I really need to get a camera that I know how to work. I would love to post pictures of what we saw today. However, I can post the two pictures that Janet took:
The guys actually got in the picture this week!
We did get a picture with just the women.
After the group ride, I cycled over to my daughter's house to take care of my granddaughters and this evening I rode home before it got too dark. I really enjoyed my activity today and feel so blessed that I am healthy enough to do it!!!
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Some people say it is harder to maintain than it is to lose weight. I think that depends -- depends on what your expectations of maintenance are.
If you think you'll go back to eating just about the way you did before you started losing weight, perhaps with a little less food, maintenance will be hard.
If you think you'll continue to eat the way you did while losing, with just a little more food, you probably won't find maintenance so hard.
If you think you can quit exercising because you are now at goal weight, maintenance will be hard.
If you continue to exercise after making it to goal, or better yet take on new exercise challenges (I'm going for a half marathon!), you may find that maintenance is not so hard after all.
Monday, September 17, 2012
With my usual Sunday morning group, I rode right at 20 miles yesterday in about 2 hours. We took this picture after the ride:
There were actually 7 of us. One rider left before the picture and the two guys just don't like photos, I guess.
There have been years that all my exercise has been a solitary enterprise. I don't have to have a group or buddy in order to enjoy it. But if you ever have a chance to exercise with a group, I'd highly recommend you try it. I have found it to be more fun than I anticipated. Really!!
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Thanks, everyone, who read and liked my "How I Found My Inner Jock" blog. This eve there are 84 comments on it. And can you guess who made the 83rd comment? SparkGuy, Chris Downie, no less!
Isn't that awesome? Here he gives us this incredible free site, and even takes the time to check out member blogs!! I went to his SparkPage and gave him a goodie, because that's what we do here on SparkPeople. Right?
PS I'm up to 105 comments and I received a Popular Blog Award. Thanks, SparkFriends and other readers!! Isn't SP just so positive and reinforcing??
PPS I now have 148 comments and 99 "like" votes. This is so cool!?? ! One comment mentioned that the Inner Jock blog was featured in an e-mail, but I didn't see it. If it is true, I would love for someone to cut and paste it into a SparkMail to me!!
Last postscript??? (no guarantee - LOL): Thanks, TerriJ. As of 9-20-12 I have 164 comments and 128 "likes" on the blog. It has been a hoot watching the number go up. I've tried to thank each person commenting, but may not get to all. Will try!! I love SparkPeople!!!! I think because I've been writing blogs for almost 3 years, I have really enjoyed my first two Popular Blog Awards.
9-21-12 PS Now 172 comments and 138 "likes"! Now what am I going to write?? I feel a little pressure to write more than my usual stream of life dribble. Ahhh, I'll be back to usual blogging soon, but I can get the three points just by editing!!
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