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Maintenance week two - healthy mind set

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Itís quite an experience to enter week two of my maintenance period whilst on holiday. This is because my mind is in holiday mode, which, traditionally, means Ďthe calories donít countí. Even with the calorie counter and my exercise counter, Iím still finding myself eating first and counting later!
What this has led me to wonder about is what having a healthy mind set is all about. We were given tons of chocolate for Christmas and I have been eating it and conveniently forgetting just how many pieces Iíve had when tracking it down Ė my mind has been thinking ĎIím on holiday, Iím under my goal weight, I donít need to worry about what Iím eating for nowí. But I do know that this is my thought process most Christmas holidays, which leads to my annual five pound weight gain which has lead to a total 30 pound increase in my weight over the years. It may sound silly to many, but this thought process is leading me into treacherous territory. I donít think this is how I will successfully maintain my current weight. The way I think really does need to change.
What does a healthy person think when they are on holiday? What would they say when confronted with the chocolate truffles? I have decided (because I donít actually know) that they would probably say, Ďthis is not healthy for meí.
So, today, this is what I have been saying to myself. I know itís not a positive mantra, but it has prevented me from eating any chocolate so far today.

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CHRISTINA791 12/29/2011 2:00PM

    I love asking myself that question emoticon

For me, it's still about moderation. I'll enjoy the chocolate, but I know that the healthy version of myself is satisfied with one rather than five. One the tricks I do a lot is to visualize how I want to live for the rest of my life. I make decisions and ask myself if I could still make this decision five years down the road, which is why nothing is off limits in my diet if I actually want it. It's learning strategies for balancing what you want within the guidelines you've set for yourself.

Congrats on maintenance, and good luck with it! It's almost more of a learning experience than the actual weight loss process (and this part is fun, because we have years to figure it out and make it permanent)!

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ANDYINBC 12/29/2011 2:03AM

    Great! So impressed you have gotten to the maintenance part of your fitness journey. You are so right about the Christmas season leading to treacherous territory. I think the reason you have been successful is you have been asking "What does a healthy person think?" That may be the question I have to consider more often so I reach my own goals.

Good luck in 2012. Enjoy!

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KANOE10 12/28/2011 12:01PM

    I am on month 3 of maintenance. The holidays are a stress. I keep telling myself old triggers, new responses. Old habits create old habits create new results. I want to keep my new weight loss.
I allow myself one free day a week to indulge somewhat but eat healthiest for 6 days.

Good luck today with staying away from chocolate!

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 12/28/2011 11:24AM

    You're doing fine. It takes a lot to change the way your mind works. I have had a really hard time getting mine to change but it finally has. Just pay attention to how your body FEELS. I took a week off of eating healthy and off from working out for three days in a row and I felt tired, cranky and irritable. I figured out that I LIKE eating healthy and working out and how it makes me feel. Listen to your body. It's okay to have a chocolate or two once in a while. Just not the entire box. If you can space it out, then great. If not, you may want to share the box or get rid of it. You can do it!

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/28/2011 10:40AM

    Ok - I am in week four of maintenance. I am really happy with the holiday decisions I made, but they didn't include skipping all the chocolates. I did track everything I ate though, every day. And I ate chocolates too! But I didn't feel "wrong" about anything I ate because it was always a decision and I was always tracking. So that's my answer on what this healthy person did. You are a healthy person too, so your opinion counts in this vote!!

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Christmas - so far!

Monday, December 26, 2011

It's interesting to go into the Christmas season with the determination to eat carefully and still find that the calories at the end of the day are so much more than expected. I find myself wondering how much I would be eating if I wasn't being careful!
I still had all the usual treats - I just had one of them, or half of it (except for the Christmas cake - I had two of those!!) - and yet I went over my calorie limit for both Christmas day and Christmas eve.
But I did not go over 2000 calories, and, last night I did not go to sleep feeling overly stuffed. And, I ate so much better than I ever have before over Christmas time.
My travel scale has been a bit erratic, mainly because my in-laws home is fully carpeted. There was nowhere I could weigh myself accurately, except the kitchen! So, I had to sneak the scale downstairs to the kitchen for my mother-in-law to watch while I weighed in!! So far, I have not gained weight, but I still have a full week to go and I'm finding each day a little harder to stay strong!
I don't think I would call Christmas a total success, as I did go over my limit, but I will at least admit that I ate consciously and much less food than I usually do.

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JOANNA202 12/26/2011 3:40PM

    You're doing brilliantly! Don't forget to pick your treats and your battles and you'll make it through to Jan with no problems. I know you can do it!

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    You're doing great! Just get through the week and then start anew with the new year.

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/26/2011 1:38PM

    Sounds like you are doing great! I could see myself doing the same thing with the scale!!

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First week of maintenance

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

What a week! First week of my holiday and also working on increasing my calories and getting my head into the space where I'm not dieting any more, but living a new lifestyle.
It is harder without the same intense need for the scale to drop down another half kilo! So, I probably need some other motivation to stop me from relaxing too much.
All in all, I'm still counting calories, and have managed to increase them by about 50 - this has been harder than I thought it would be as I've got so used to seeing a certain number on my calorie counter that at the end of the day seeing the higher number makes me a little nervous. As it has been the silly season, I have been enjoying a bit more chocolate - meaning I'm leaving more nutritious food off my plate. This is clearly something I need to work on. (The Winter challenge this week has been to track freggies, and I'm a bit embarrassed at how few of these I eat!!)
But there is one really good thing about this first week - exercise seems to be more enjoyable knowing that it's an activity that I'm just doing because it's a nice thing to do. I can feel a bit of an attitude change with regard to why I'm exercising. I'm hoping the same will happen with my food intake.
I'm still losing weight, but this is probably still to be expected as I'm increasing my calories so slowly. Rather lose a little more than gain!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/21/2011 10:16PM

    We're in this together - and it's so exciting, isn't it? It's definitely a new world, but I'm enjoying the maintenance mindset!!

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TWNOMWE 12/21/2011 4:13PM

    emoticon on reaching your goal. You are at the place where most of us want to be so enjoy the feeling and keep exercising.
have a great holidays.

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MPLANE37 12/21/2011 1:40PM

    Congrats on reaching your ideal weight!!!

Maintenance... I doubt that it would exist for me. I would still count the calories, still workout every day, and still weigh myself every week... The only difference would be that I would not be worried about it if I did not lose weight.

Probably you will have to do the same.

Congrats again.

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SWAN47 12/21/2011 12:41PM

    emoticon That is fabulous and emoticon on maintenance. Someday I will be there. So happy and excited for you! Not easy to get there so pat yourself on the back for hard work and perseverance. Happy Holidays! emoticon

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Reached my goal weight today!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

And then went on to eat more sugar than I have in weeks!! emoticon

The sugar eating is another story, I think. I've thought about it and realize that I have a habit of eating sugar when stressed out, and, clearly, that habit has not died down yet! (Will need to plan extra carefully over Christmas, so it may be good that I had a bit of a wake up call today)

I am happy to have arrived at a weight I never really thought I would reach. I was at this weight once about ten years ago for about a month, so I have no real understanding of what living at this weight will be like. I've increased my calorie range by about 80 calories (I did go over my budget today, but I have forgiven myself for that. I understand what it is about) and will keep on increasing until I reach a point where I'm not losing, but not gaining either. I've given myself a maintenance range of 58kg - 60kg, so approx two pounds above and below my goal weight.

Of course, the big question is, now what? I've been mulling over this for a few days, so here are a few ideas:
emoticon concentrate on getting my food balance right, especially on my fibre and protein intake
emoticon Get my body more toned, especially my abs (although I have lost the most inches around my waist
emoticon Begin to think about how I can use the spark people system to achieve other goals in my life
emoticon Keep tracking nutrition and fitness for at least a year

So, here's to reaching the beginning of my maintenance experience! emoticon

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SHARON10002 12/17/2011 12:32AM

    emoticon emoticon on reaching your goal!
That must feel emoticon! That is an achievement you can be proud of reaching, and now you have the opportunity to surpass it! Good Luck with your maintenance from here on.

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NANT406 12/16/2011 7:52PM

    Sounds like a great plan to use SP to achieve other goals in your life. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JSPIN74 12/16/2011 3:24PM

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/15/2011 10:54PM

    That's fantastic!

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MKACILLAS 12/15/2011 8:50PM

    Congrats! What a Great feeling it is!!!!!!!!!!! I was in the same wt range as you and have maintained goal wt -2pds since June. I agree Christmas is a tough time for keeping up but hopefully with exercising it will hold it down to a minimum. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SILVERBIRCH65 12/15/2011 7:41PM

    A big congratulations! What a great milestone.

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JOANNA202 12/15/2011 5:27PM

    Woooohoooo!!! That's such an exciting achievement!
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And great to be able to look ahead and what something like this can Spark next. Looking forward to hearing what's in store next for you...

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A little wobbly today, so.......

Thursday, December 08, 2011

I'm giving myself a bit of inspiration (thanks to Spark!)

I've always believed this comment - the big miracles in our lives are simply the result of lots of smaller miracles that we might not even notice. Like all the little pound losses that add up to the massive 20 pound loss after three months! Little steps are vital for the big steps to happen.

Getting home and putting my exercise clothes on is the little step to actually getting myself out the door and to the gym; aiming to reach ten minutes of exercise usually leads me to doing a little bit more.....but aiming for those first ten minutes rather than an hour is what gets me started.

Sometimes, though, I forget that even a small happening is still a miracle. I was hoping to reach my goal weight today, but the scale is still lurking between 59kg and 60kg. I have not been as active as I was last week and I think I need to do the extra exercise if I want to lose more than half a kilo a week. BUT it's still half a kilo - that makes me half a kilo closer to my dream weight - that makes it miracle. A small one, but still a miracle.

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JOANNA202 12/9/2011 1:18PM

    Hope you're feeling less wobbly today. Hang on to the fact that miracles really only come in small sizes, and your achievement will suddenly feel bigger :-)

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/8/2011 3:22PM

    Great blog!

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FIVELILACS 12/8/2011 2:34PM

    Thanks for sharing your inspiration! :-)

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JSPIN74 12/8/2011 1:14PM

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Go Shooting Star! emoticon

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KRISZTA11 12/8/2011 11:03AM

    Half kilo per week is a lot, you are doing so well!
Congrats to the weight loss you achieved so far!

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MOMMASHUTT 12/8/2011 8:00AM

    It all adds up! Keep doing what you do, it's working!

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