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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
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, 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?

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MUNS10 9/20/2008 4:56PM

  My opinion is that you should go the extra miles :) You have already done so much that I am sure that you can do it...and you probably wouldn't be struggling with the thought of it if you didn't really want to do it. Yes?

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ONESWEETSHANNON 9/19/2008 12:13PM

    Doh! I can't believe I forgot about your mono! Stay away from the strength training, lol!

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ONESWEETSHANNON 9/19/2008 11:49AM

    I agree with ANDALEX about this coming down to what you want. Now is a good time to reeavaluate your goals and maybe change them or make some new ones. As to your request for suggestions on getting rid of the last stubborn pounds, I would maybe try changing or adding strength training and work on increasing muscle mass at the stage where you're at now. How much strength training are you doing? (Asks the girl who has a hard time doing the strength training herself, lol!)

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ANDALEX 9/18/2008 1:14PM

    i think the answer to this question comes down to what YOU want. where do your concerns lie...health? cosmetic? fitness? have these concerns changed throughout your journey? if you're happy where you are, then stay and be happy. if you feel you have unfinished business, figure out what's lacking and set a goal to work toward it.

best of luck :)

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