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Beginning the Work of Maintaining

Thursday, July 23, 2009

So far, I'm not getting much of a sense of how many calories I need to eat to maintain weight loss . . . so I'm just sticking with the programme for now. I don't want to be gaining weight, that's for sure, particularly since I'm still not able to be back into a full exercise programme because of residual post-treatment skin chafing. And I would not mind losing a few more pounds, so I'm just experimenting a little.

But: I'm feeling very optimistic that the skin (although still pretty red) is healing. There are no more broken or open areas. And my energy levels, although not back to normal by a long shot, do seem to be on the upswing: I slept pretty much all last weekend but have been working fuller days this week than last. One more hospital checkup next week and then I think I'm done.

There's a wonderful sense that I'm "coming out the other side" of a six month ordeal. And it's nice to be doing that at target weight, able to wear stuff that was not comfortable at all in the spring.
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SERENE_ME 7/29/2009 9:19PM

    Welcome to the wonderful world of maintenance!!! I actually don't find it much different from weightloss - I tapered off losing weight for the last 5lbs (took about 8 weeks) then simply stopped losing about a pound from goal. I've been maintaining that since early April.

You've been through a lot - to lose weight during radiation treatments is very impressive
- you'll have no trouble getting the hang of this maintenance gig.

One day at a time Ms Mellow - ODAAT! emoticon

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DSHONEYC 7/28/2009 10:18PM

    I was quite surprized to see our friendship had "broken up"....I am not as adept at this as you are...don't know how to send "goodies" and have wanted to send you the energizer bunny. Tee Hee!
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DSHONEYC 7/24/2009 12:36PM

    Dear friend, this is great information for me. Thanks for sharing. Wish I had been able to combine weight loss with my own 6month ordeal. No time like the present to "get with the program, eh?"
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MARTANYDIATORRE 7/23/2009 11:10PM

    You are such an inspiration

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