Thursday, May 21, 2009
I have been thinking about that very idea today. Sustaining these changes I have made recently over time. I have made some major changes. I know eventually I will back off the number of calories I am burning weekly - right now I am at 5000-7000 per week. I am sick this week, so it may be closer to 2000.
One thought I have had is that I have had to make a huge dietary change. I am now gluten free, and will stay that way for life. I have to.
Other than this huge change, which has brought about wanting and needing to eat more fruits and vegetables, what am I doing differently?
Well, I am tracking. I am keeping my motivation high by sparking. Neither of these are that hard. It only takes minutes out of my day. I can't see why I can not keep it up long term. I may spark less and less, but there is no reason I can't keep tracking my nutrition and exercise.
What else am I doing differently? Actually, not much. This new lifestyle is not much harder than the one I used to have. It is becoming habit for me now.
My new concern is that I fell into that old lifestyle once before. Maybe all I need to do is be vigilant to not fall back there. I can't as far as the dietary concerns are, not if I don't want to spend lots of time in the Emergency room.
I think I may be well on my way to making this a permanent lifestyle change, not just a temporary thing to loose weight.
Take some time today to evaluate your current nutrition and fitness routine. Is it something you are using simply to loose weight? Is it something you can maintain permanently? Is it something you want to maintain? If not, what do you want to change and maintain in order to keep the weight off once you reach your goals?
I would appreciate any feedback to this blog. I am still exploring where I stand on this question. I would like some help to work through it, and who better to ask than those of you who are on this journey with me. Those of you who have lost weight before. Those who have gone off the diet and regained their weight and then more. Please share. It will help.