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!