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9 months of maintenance - 5 lessons I've learned

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Today marks 9 months at my goal weight. I've strayed 5 pounds below and no more than 2 pounds above (maybe not even that). It hasn't been nearly as hard as I expected but I've learned some things along the way.....

1. I have to think more about healthy eating than I do about healthy activity levels. My body craves activity and I can't go more than a few days without a vigorous workout before feeling really antsy. It would, however, be easy for me to let unhealthy food - especially good white bread and alcohol - become a problem again.

2. Supplements appear to be key for me. When I slacked on taking them my weight crept up a few pounds. When I started again the pounds (and a few more) came off again with no real changes to diet or activity. I think VitD and fish oil are the key supplements for me.

3. I weigh in every day and it helps me modulate my eating and activity levels.

4. Unless I am trying to go below 124 (which seems to be some sort of 'set point' for me), I find I do NOT need to track calories. So far, knock on wood, I have not had a week where I have been unable to do that UNLESS it's a week where life dictates that I not do what I know I need to do (ie, I choose to uncomplicate my life by skipping a workout or eating a meal out that I haven't budgeted for).

5. My family's habits continue to evolve in a healthy direction, some of it because their wants are changing and some because they are making conscious choices to be more healthy. This is almost as big a motivator for me (to maintain healthy activity and eating habits) as is maintaining my own fitness level and weight.

  
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MOONSTORMER 7/23/2012 2:43AM

    wonderful wonderful! Particularly happy for you about the family activity levels improving

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CSTERLING 7/22/2012 9:07AM

    Congrats on keeping it off... you are really rockin' that swinsuit!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 7/22/2012 7:20AM

    Thanks for sharing how things really work for you. It seems to me that everyone needs to develop their own plan for what works and what doesn't work.
It seems to be especially important when one is close or at their optimum weight.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 7/21/2012 11:52AM

    Reflecting is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. I find that when I focus on what is working I am so much happier than when I focus on what's not going right.

I love making changes and seeing what happens. I am not in favor of making changes that I know I cannot stick with...cutting out certain food groups, working out for hours on end, etc.

Congrats on all your progress! Your picture says it all. You are smiling and look very content.

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 7/21/2012 10:10AM

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Cruise Food Porn - lots of pics

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

We just spent a week aboard the Celebrity Summit to Bermuda. We stayed in Aquaclass which gave us access to the Blu restaurant for breakfast and dinner. Blu is touted as 'clean' and 'healthy' but, honestly, I would call it 'less carby, if you want' and 'portion controlled'. The food was delicious and beautiful presented and the portions were reasonable (aside from one very large lamb shank). We also had a premium alcohol package that included fresh squeezed juices and smoothies (which I never tried), premium water (which we drank a LOT of), premium coffee, premium beer, premium cocktails, and wine up to $12 a glass. We enjoyed our packages thoroughly!

I am, in general, a clean (for real) eater. I am very active. This trip was 15 months in the making and I enjoyed it to the fullest. I ate and drank whatever I wished. Of course, what I wish may be a tad different than it was 15 months ago. Still..... we ate 3 meals a day (aside from the 2 days we missed lunch when we were out and about in Bermuda), I ate dessert every night, I had a LOT of alcohol, I enjoyed many cappuccinos.

I came home 1.4 pounds more than the morning we left. Today I am 2.4 pounds less than when we left.... right back at the magic 124 I blogged about the week before we left. Both my husband and I had horrid sugar-withdrawal headaches yesterday but mine seems to have let up today. A few days adjustment once home was a small price to pay for a week of unbelievable food and drink. I have taken care of this body and now, even after a week of indulgence, it is serving me well :-)

I thought I'd share some of our delicious food and drink...... but sparkpeople says my photos are too large. You can see them all here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4
251130966080.2174566.1519926435&type=3
&l=ec25059038

We forgot our camera a meal or two but I think we caught all the highlights :-)

  
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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 7/18/2012 10:33AM

    So glad you enjoyed your trip to the fullest!
And I LOVE food porn!
LOL!!


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DABLUECAT 7/18/2012 7:34AM

    That's great about the weight gain of so little. I hear cruises are notorious for packing them on.
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ELRIDDICK 7/18/2012 7:32AM

  Thanks for sharing

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BRASKIN 7/18/2012 7:31AM

  thanks.... looking forward to a cruise too...

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Cruise success

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I must update on the cruise soon. From the 'spark' angle - I got to the gym 3 times, walked 80+ steps up and down over and over and over every day, took a 3+ mile beach hike and a l-o-n-g but slow walking tour of St. George's, and was generally as active as possible. I also ate and drank to my heart's content. I gained 1.4 pounds and am suffering a sugar withdrawl headache today but I consider this a huge success. On my last 'active as possible, ate and drank to my heart's content' I gained 7 pounds. My definitions of active and eating/drinking all I want have changed :-)

Previous total 56.5 miles.
My latest 3 runs were 2.25, 3.25, and 2.0 miles which brings my total to 64 miles.

Today I pushed the speed (up to 7 MPH) and didn't have any pain while I ran but I could tell in centergy that I am really tight in the calf with the achille's issue so I'm going to back off on the speed for a while longer.

  
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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 7/18/2012 5:32AM

    Sounds awesome:)

Yes, make sure you stretch lots. Heel dips on the steps.

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MOONSTORMER 7/18/2012 1:29AM

    well done! sounds fantastic

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DAWNFIRE72 7/17/2012 10:23PM

    Sounds like you had a good cruise.

I hope that you are able to get back to your usual running routine once your Achilles's heals.

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124.

Friday, July 06, 2012

I'm pretty sure 124 is 'my' weight. It seems like eons ago that I set 126 as my goal. Fifty pounds lost has a nice ring to it. I hit that 9+ months ago. Soon after I settled into a pattern that worked for me - 124 pounds during the week, 126 if I splurged on the weekend, back to 124 during the week. If I was really stressed or sick, I would drop to 122 (a time or two to 121). How I ate or exercised didn't seem to matter (ie, clean vs not, cardio vs strength). When I let my eating get a little more carb heavy and my exercise less intense I put on a couple pounds of fat (2, literally). Brought the carbs down, kicked up the exercise and those 2 pounds disappeared. A few weeks of big stress and 3 more were gone (thus my GOAL post). A week of calm and, yep, almost back at 124.

And, I think I'm ok with it. True, I am going into this cruise only 2.5 pounds under goal, not the 5 I hoped for. But I went in AT goal in April and was fine. And I've had lots of experience to show that my body really seems to tolerate (even appreciate?) a weeklong splurge. Sooo... Maybe this is a good thing? Maybe it means that my body will bring itself back to 124 naturally after we return. One thing that I know will come from it is an awareness that I have wiggle room but not tons of it. Dessert will be OK but perhaps not the most sinful thing on the menu. A drink will be OK but an 800 calorie frozen concoction not. This will serve me well in the long run but perhaps even better in the short run. I've noticed that I seem to be having food hangovers lately. They are very weird and definitely unwelcome. On days when I've had zero alcohol but lots of carbs (even whole grains like popcorn) I often wake up the next day feeling truly hungover - headachey, parched, and puffy. If I keep my splurging moderate I may just avoid that feeling. Spending the cruise in that state would be worse than gaining a few pounds.

I can not believe embarkation day is almost here. I booked the cruise the day I joined the gym. I feel like a totally different person physically!

  
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BOOKWORM27S 7/6/2012 9:33AM

    My ultimate goal weight is 120 lbs., but it seems impossible right now.

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BOOKWORM27S 7/6/2012 9:30AM

    Wow, this sounds like me! I keep trying to push my weight back down to 121 lbs., but it seems impossible! My body seems to prefer 123 lbs., but I feel like I have no wiggle room. How tall are you? I'm 5'5"

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DRB13_1 7/6/2012 9:26AM

    emoticon emoticon Have fun

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ANDREWMOM 7/6/2012 8:53AM

    YAY!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 7/6/2012 7:07AM

    AWESOME!!! Can't wait to read your recap and hear all about your adventures!

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PATTOMMC3 7/6/2012 6:39AM

    emoticon Enjoy your trip....you deserve it!

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Runnnnnnnnning!

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

It's been 2 weeks since I've run. Two weeks ago I got 1.25 miles (IIRC) before the achille's pain set in. Today it did not return! Woo! I kept myself at a 1.0% incline (no hills) and at a slow pace (5MPH or 5.5MPH depending on the beat of the song on my ipod) and just kept going and going. I hit 'cool down' at 4.0 miles which was just about 46'. That's the longest I've ever run without a break to walk for a bit so I'm happy that my achille's didn't bother me at all AND I'm happy to have been able to run so long without walking.

YTD: 56.5 miles

  
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5KIDS4MEJESS 7/3/2012 5:23PM

    emoticon I am so happy for you!!


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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 7/3/2012 12:42PM

    Rest does the body good! Way to go!

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ERICADAWN1986 7/3/2012 10:41AM

    That's great!! Congrats! There's something that feels amazing about going just that little bit further than you have before.

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