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MAINtenance: After Three Months SP, It's My Main Thing

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Yesterday was three months for me at SparkPeople: and I continue to be amazed at and grateful for this remarkable site and all the people who participate in it!

I'm continuing to track my nutrition faithfully. Most of the time I am hitting the ranges pretty accurately: only 1 day over on fat/carbs in the three months (the infamous Muchos Nachos incident!!) and sometimes a bit under. Sustaining protein in particular seems to be key for appetite control.

I'm also resuming my gym workouts as my energy returns since my medical treatments ended July 4. I'm exercising alternate days for now with cardio building up from 20 minutes and slighly lighter weights than I was using before: I'm confident this is the right approach but I'm still feeling quite a bit of residual fatigue -- which I was told to expect for at least two months and maybe longer.

And I'm really enjoying the message boards and member blogs -- learning lots about MAINTENANCE since that's my MAIN concern going forward. Also trying to figure out what the "right weight" for me actually is, but not particularly anxious about that, ready to "weight" and see . . . The 155 initially "set" by SP as my goal is a BMI 22.9 which feels a bit heavier than I want to be: I'm aiming now for 150 and will see how that works for me when I get there. Nice to be wearing my size 8s again.

Key for me will be continued nutrition tracking and continued daily weighing. I know daily weighing isn't for everyone, but long experience tells me: if I don't track nutrition and weigh every day I quickly get delusional both about how much I'm really eating, and how much my clothes are "shrinking"! So the maintenance routine has to be a "weigh of life" permanently. And SP is actually making that pretty much a fun thing!
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    I love Sanibel, too! I think this is probably the 8th time my family went, and for the first time with significant others in tow, it went pretty well! I know what you mean about fighting all that food temptation -- I was sad we weren't there for another week just so we could try more of the restaurants that popped up since the last time we were there! I also have this thing about eating seafood when I'm there, so that definitely made it easy to limit my menu choices!

    My actual graduate assistantship is for the fine arts series at my school. It's more of an arts management position -- the clarinet position has been filled for several years now by two other doctoral students. But I do have a bachelors and masters degree in clarinet, and I'm starting my doctorate in the hopes of winning a playing job before I actually finish the degree. I took a year off in between to teach private lessons full-time and realized I just didn't have the patience for that many kids! Is your daughter hoping to get a playing job, too, or what is she looking into?
    3113 days ago
    Glad things continue to go well. I junked tracking while on vacation and only gained half a pound. I am home again and back on track with logging, although I am down to weighing myself twice a week.

    Keeep up that great focus,

    3114 days ago
    I am with you on the daily weigh in....nowadays it helps me a lot...and i need to see the number every day to remind myself to make good choices for that day!!
    I think you and your accomplishments are amazing!! I know that you can maintain...there is no doubt in my mind...Rock on!! emoticon emoticon
    3118 days ago
    emoticon as long as you keep it up you will get back to not being so fatigued when working out. I know you can do it!
    3118 days ago
    I have yet to find where SP sets the goal weight for us, but that is ok. I found some charts that determined my goal weight, so I know what you are talking about.

    WTG on reaching your goal and good luck on trying to go a bit lower. I am in the same place so I do understand.

    One day at a time really makes it happen!

    3118 days ago
    I can certainly identify with delusional state when I don't check the scale and track the food.

    Am thrilled (and envious in a good way) that you are feeling less fatigued and doing more things that make you happy.

    You BMI sounds pretty low, but I am sure you will figure it out. Good luck and life dear emoticon
    3118 days ago
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