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My answer to what Maintaining is

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Monday, August 30, 2010

All about finding your balance and learning how to maintain that, within reason.

I found counting my calories was more important when maintaining than when losing. When you are losing the weight well you are doing just that but when maintaining you are having to keep a fine balance. So missing some calories here or there adds up to you continuing to lose weight. Which most will say "I wish I had that problem!" No, no you don't! Now don't let this scare you just be mindful about not trying to lose weight and to eat all your calories.

Other side effects of not eating enough or regularly:
1. Mood swings
2. Irritable
3. Tied
4. Lack of being able to think straight
5. Mind wanders
6. Anxious

When you get like this you can be an over the top version of yourself and you can get to a point of being to late and then you do not feel like eating. So try and not get to this point if you can.

Now though you can play more with what you do. Change up your workouts and try new things. Must keep challenging ourselves or we get into an exercise rut that our bodies get use to and the results tend to taper down over time. Same with what we eat, try new things and modify what you already eat. This is just part of life, for life is change you just now have a better mindset to adjust with the changes and make being a healthy active person part of the change.

I use my habits and ways formed when losing the weight as a fallback for when I cannot mix it up and try new things. And now I have so many different levels of fallbacks from all the different habits and ways I created that I can mix it up all the time just by implementing them as time and the situation calls for. It is fun and challenging and just an eye opener as to how many different ways you can do things and overcome whatever life throws at you.

Mixing it up doesn't have to be huge either. Maybe you walk so now run a little walk a little. Or you do an exercise class, so do a different one. You weight lift a little change up the way you do it as simple as using dumbbells instead of a machine. So much out there to do and it can seem overwhelming but just you take it all in stride and do it how you want to and as you like. Just because you are taught or shown how to do something one way does not mean that is the only way. Also you may only like elements of certain things so pull them all together and make your own whatever from it!

So much fun can be had during maintaining, or as you call it now YOUR LIFE!!! What a fun healthy active life? Could it be? I was just looking to lose some weight but it can be the way I do things for the rest of my life in one way or form? Say it isn't so! Wow who knew!

So yes take it all day by day, add to what you have learned and own it all. You will get away from weighing yourself, stop counting calories and calories burned in a workout over time and when you understand what you need to do to keep the balance. I reached that point 5 months ago and only spot check myself from time to time. Or use it when training for a race or something. Have fun and live!

I hit maintenance November of 2007
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