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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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My advent (aka indulgence) calender

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Here it is. This is not really about losing weight, it's something to help me stay grounded through Winter and keep myself from getting too depressed. There is some attempt to turn my thoughts away from food by allowing myself a treat that is not a chocolate out of a store-bought advent calender, but I am still allowing myself a food treat or two. Having a planned food treat will probably stop me from eating a mince pie a day for the next month!

My husband took one look at this and it immediately was christened 'the indulgence calender', so be warned! It is definitely 'me' orientated and very much underscores the things that I value and enjoy in my life.

P.S - my friend of twenty years was so surprised and so supportive at this new skinny person she saw at my front door. It was the first thing she mentioned (Friends of twenty years know just what to say......)

1 December
The gift of joy!
Indulge in a great Christmas movie to lift your spirits. (Watched 'Nativity'. Great British comedy whilst cleaning the house)

2 December
The gift of music!
Enjoy your love of music today. Listen to some great music. (Saw the musical 'Wicked' with a great group of friends)

3 December
The gift of beauty!
Enjoy the crispness of the air and go for a walk in your favourite park. (I went jogging instead, but I got outside and got some sunshine.)

4 December
The gift of tradition
Begin a Christmas tradition today.

5 December
The gift of happiness
List five of your favourite things to do – and then do one! Enjoy every minute of it.

6 December
The gift of friendship
E-mail/ chat/ visit to someone you love today.

7 December
The gift of rest
Go to bed early tonight with a book and hot water bottle.

8 December
Today enjoy the hot chocolate with extra cream that has your name written all over it!

9 December
The gift of fun!
Do something childish today. Blow bubbles, play in the snow, dance, watch cartoons

10 December
The gift of sophistication!
Dress up, wear make-up, go somewhere posh and be posh for day!

11 December
The gift of singing!
Sing for yourself. Your favourite songs.

12 December
The gift of creativity!
Bake something, draw something, write something... Make something special today.

13 December
The gift of travelling
This is a dreaming gift. Dream about your next vacation – the dream one! No cost limit.

14 December
The gift of home
Find one thing that would make your flat feel more like a home to you and get it.

15 December
The gift of faith!
Take time to pray.

16 December
The gift of reflection
Take a moment to list all the amazing things you have achieved this year and to consider your goals for the next year.

17 December
The gift of celebration
Make tonight a Gluwein and mince pie celebration! (Note to self: one mince pie!)

18 December
The gift of reading
Dedicate an hour or two today to reading. Snuggle up, get a cup of coffee and keep the phone and computer far away.

19 December
The gift of imagination.
Dream the next year of your life – without any limits!

20 December
The gift of peace!
Tonight light a candle, have a long bath and listen to music that calms your soul.

21 December
The gift of exercise!
Yes, it is a gift – go walking, running, dancing, get your body moving in anticipation of the festivities to come.

22 December
The gift of family
Enjoy your families company today, just by sitting in conversation with them. Don’t rush, just be.

23 December
The gift of Christmas.
Sit in quiet meditation remembering the Nativity.

24 December
The gift of time alone.
Get away from family. For at least five minutes of fresh air. Reflect on the year.

So, there you have it. My 24 day countdown plan. So far so good - the weather was perfect today for a run in my (rather muddy) favourite wood.

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URBANEWARRIOR 12/4/2011 8:46PM

    This is a GREAT plan! Congratulations, it looks like you're going to have a great month!

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ANDYINBC 12/4/2011 9:35AM

    Such a great idea! Love this Advent Calendar and will have to create a similar one for myself. Merry Christmas.

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ANATASHIKI 12/4/2011 7:17AM

    great calendar, I like it! emoticon

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SABLENESS 12/3/2011 7:28PM

    Love it! I should do one of these myself! emoticon

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JOANNA202 12/3/2011 1:57PM

    I love it! Hope it keeps you upbeat during December. Sounds like your the sort of person that needs plenty of vitamin D and sunshine to get you through.

Any objections if I nick this for January? That's the absolutely worst month for me.

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Goal weight is in sight.....

Thursday, December 01, 2011

It seems that my panic over those cupcakes was a bit unnecessary. Jumped on my scale yesterday and it did one of those weird 'skip a number' tricks on me and said 59kg! This was a bit of shock, so I decided I wasn't ready to make it official yet (my weight takes time to settle, so I give it a few days before recording it) and, this morning (my official weigh-in day) I was closer to 60kg than 59kg (at least with my pajamas still on).
For some reason I'm not quite ready to face 59kg - I was expecting it in two weeks time!! I haven't began planning for maintenance yet and I guess I need to start quickly. My best friend is in town this weekend, so I have another intense eating session ahead. She has known me for twenty years, so this will be a hard one as she also has never seen me this skinny! (We've known each other for twenty years, but seldom been in the same country for long! This is the first time we seem to have settled within two hours of each other since college). But, after last weekend, I'm pretty sure I can handle it with moderate eating of all the goodies and a bit of extra exercise.
I think I will be at my goal weight by this time next week. (Wow, what a thought!!).
But, what I need to figure out is why instead of feeling joy and tribulation I am feeling quite scared.

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/4/2011 9:39AM

    I hit my goal yesterday and in the weeks leading up, I was feeling scared a lot. But I started reading up on the maintenance articles and so by the time yesterday arrived, I was feeling prepared instead of scared. Good luck!!

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JOANNA202 12/3/2011 6:43AM

    Woohoo!! Great to see you still going strong! I'm sure you'll come to terms with your new weight eventually and remember there's really no hurry. I'm looking forward to seeing your discovery of maintenance (so I can follow in your footsteps soon! :-p)

Don't forget to let us know how your friend reacts. So nice that she'll be living nearer to you again now.

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    AWESOME! It's really scary reaching a goal because you've spent so much time getting there and then - WHAT? What do you do? You have to change your routine again. You have to figure out what to do for maintenance. Check out articles for maintenance here on Spark - is there a team for people who have met their goal? Ask for support and CELEBRATE!

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ANATASHIKI 12/1/2011 7:20AM

    emoticonreaching goals is scary sometimes , changes our image about the world or about who we are. congrats on reaching your goal and yay for maintenance! emoticon

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NANT406 12/1/2011 3:03AM

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MIDDLTEACH 12/1/2011 2:39AM

    Bravo! Bravo! How proud you must feel. As far as the trepidation you're feeling about being in "maintenance"- any time we move out of our comfort zone (you're used to whatever you've done to get your weight down), there's anxiety for most of us. But, you've proved you have strong will power, focus, and determination. I would love to hear your friend's reaction.
Have a great time.

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