Trouble Kicking Up The Motivation on the Home Stretch!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Long time no blog! I think that is symptomatic of my latest rut: Success can breed complacency!
I'm about 18 months into SP and if I could just nail 220 by December this would be 100# lost in two years' time. However I started SP in April so my two years would be up 04/09. That would mean I'd have to lose 25 pounds by April to claim to have lost 100# since joining SP...ugh! At my present weight my BMI just barely creeps from the "Obese" into the "Overweight" range.
My problem is I've grown too comfortable with my plateau at 228 pounds. Part of me is fairly content, but part of me would TRULY LOVE to nail those last and most stubborn of pounds. Does anyone out there have any tips, suggestions for those last and most stubborn of pounds...?
Here are my rationalizations: "well, I've lost a lot of weight, I can fit in normal clothes and enjoy a wide range of activities. It's not like those extra pounds will open the door to new activities I can't already enjoy. And you know, I'll just bet that all that flab hanging around probably totals 20-25 pounds! I can work out day and night and NEVER lose that flab!"
It is tough to see any clear and tangible payoffs for losing these last pounds. So my motivation is flagging in that way.
This does not mean that I fail to appreciate the fact that I HAVE built an active lifestyle with healthy nutrition that is balanced enough to MAINTAIN my success without gaining any weight. My problem is that this very success enables me to *coast* and not push myself toward further weight loss.
Perhaps, as Coach Dean shares in his story www.sparkpeople.com/reso
, I've reached that point of diminishing returns in which further weight loss just wouldn't be possible to sustain anyhow...so why bother? Is that being reasonable? Or am I rationalizing a degree of laziness...?
I'd appreciate folk's thoughts / feedback on this struggle of mine. I'm sure there are some of you who have wrestled with similar dilemmas?