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Maintenance is kind of boring...

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Actually, it's TOTALLY boring.


So I am putting along. Holding my own and maintaining my weight(it really is time for some updated photos soon) which, don't get me wrong, is totally FREAKIN' AWESOME but man, it is completely dullsville. Especially when you are exercise restricted. Next weekend, I should have been running my first full marathon but I still face at least one more surgery on my leg, running is not on the horizon for me anytime soon. I miss it terribly.

Even the urge to buy every item of clothing that fits me has passed. For awhile there, trying on clothing became my pass time. Popping into stores just to see if I could fit the next size down from the last time I was there was exciting but there is no next size down for me. I am where I was headed and that's a good thing, right?

But I am bored.

Bored. Bored. Bored.

What do you with your self after you have lost more than 140 lbs? You step up your exercise game! But I can't do that right now.

Even the need to plant myself in front of the mirror and stare at my various new body parts(Yes, I did that) has passed. Probably some kind of sign of acceptance that this is where I am, who I am, and where I am going to stay. Cool but dull. I am a girl that needs a mission.

I spent an entire year wanting to get to the maintenance stage and when I would read other blogs about how hard maintenance was, I would think, "how could it possibly be hard? Everything will be so easy when I get there!"


Don't get me wrong. I am happy. Happy with my body for once in my life. Healthier then I have ever been. I just need to somehow kick it up a notch!

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    Wow, this put a smile on my face. Your dry humor. I am in maintenance. It is much more exciting, motivating and novel to be losing. Once your weight doesn't move you have to find new goals.

    Sounds like you love exercise and once your leg is better you will get back into it.

    Setting new goals sounds good. I added you as a friend. You are inspiring!
    2415 days ago
    ♦ When I got injuried from running I picked up Karate (Yoga makes me sleep...) and that kept me going, it has been the only activity I have kept going through depression. It didn't keep me from re-gaining the weight I had lost but it kept me away from the sofa, at least two hours a week... ☺

    Good luck finding what works for you, what will keep you on the maintenance path! emoticon
    2416 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/9/2011 8:02:18 PM
    I think it must be time for a different sort of mission. Something, perhaps, that has nothing to do with your weight. You could learn yoga or pilates or take up juggling. You could design mosaics or learn all about backyard birds and go birdwatching. Or canoe. Take up photography and ramble about taking photos once your leg is better.
    2417 days ago
    I soooo feel you! Not right now, of course, but I was where you are. I had lost over 150 pounds...and maintained it for a year (until I got pregnant). I was loving my new body and life, but it did get boring and it was very hard -- because all the excitement of losing was gone. All the "how'd you do this week?" and "wow, you look amazing!" were gone. No one seems to care if you maintain. You know?

    All I can say is hang in there and when you're able to work out again it'll get exciting. Until then, plop yourself in front of the mirror and revel at your beautiful body! ;)

    Have a GREAT day!!

    - Michelle
    2441 days ago
    I hope your leg behaves itself soon. *hugs* There must be an exercise plan you could make and up without involving your leg... can you swim? What about pilates? or arm ST and abs? *hugshard*
    2442 days ago
    So glad to see that your blogging again Jody! We have missed you. I can imagine how bored you are not being able to run or skate. Are you doing an upper body work out?Can you swim? Are you still in touch with your roller derby friends? Can you branch off of some of your other talents? You do so well with couponing. Maybe you could start teaching classes on it in your community. Just a thought.
    2443 days ago
    Way to go on your weight loss so far! You look great!

    2444 days ago
  • JODY22002
    You are right, TBelle. It probably is more that I cannot do what I want fitness-wise.

    I still exercise. I even still work out my bad leg with the help of physio. I thrive on pushing my body harder than I think it can go. It's hard to do that when you can't straighten your leg all the way or bend it. Even trying to pick something up off the floor is a lesson in patience.

    2444 days ago
    I'm proud of you for being on maintenance and excelling at it! That deserves a round of applause!

    I don't know all your limitations, but I think if I were in a position where I couldn't work out with my legs, I would focus on core and upper body in the meantime. That would give me something to devote attention to until I could do full body workouts again.

    I'm so happy to see you here, Jody! I've missed your blogs and your smiling face!

    2444 days ago
    I have been maintaining for about 14 months now, and have also gone through a couple of periods when my exercise has been restricted (injuries, illness, etc).

    To keep maintenance interesting (especially when I can't do my favourite exercise routines), I try to do the following:

    1) Use restrictions on exercise as an opportunity to work on "neglected" body parts or aspects of my fitness. For example, when my leg has been messed up, I've worked on upper body and core strength. When my hamstrings bothered me, I took up recumbent cycling. When my shoulders or back hurt, I go for walks.

    2) When my body IS behaving, I pursue challenges like training to walk/run a half marathon - or even something as simply as varying my walk to/from work so that I get a longer walk with a spectacular view (of the Statue of Liberty). I travel somewhere hot, put on a bathing suit and go scuba diving.

    3) I experiment with the foods I eat at home. I try new recipes. I focus on improving nutritional balance. I try to develop a taste for Greek yogurt.

    4) I enjoy going out for dinner with a more relaxed approach to calories. And I also try to achieve balance over the week - indulging in something interesting at a restaurant for example and then cutting back a little later in the week to stay within my calorie range.

    5) I move off the subject to weight loss and focus on other aspects of my life. I have time and energy to explore other aspects of my life - take Portuguese, for example.
    2444 days ago
    It's funny but I have reached a point of acceptance and boredom as well. Yes I have a lot more work to do but just kind of tired of the process and don't hate myself anymore so that burn to lose has been lost. I think the key is riding out the boredom for a bit and then redirecting when we can. You will find your next focus soon. Truly.
    2444 days ago
    You KNOW being on maintenance isn't the issue, it's being held up with your knee. Don't go beating up on maintenance - you worked hard to get there!

    I guess this is where you tell yourself you're learning patience, and meditation, and find some more sedate hobbies to occupy your time. Frustrating, I know. I've been in recovery for 1.5 years now, and keep hitting setbacks. Just gotta hang in there until it's over.
    2444 days ago
    I congratulate you on being in maintenance and also am sad for you that you can't strive toward insane levels of fitness till that leg is all healed. But there must be a reason for it.

    Look at all you've been through in your life. You, lady, are a survivor, and an inspiration. Shoot, if you wrote a book, I'd read it. I'd buy it and read it.

    My own personal outlook is that everything happens for a reason. Maybe now is that time for all the introspection to become something outward. I also feel like I'm rambling.

    Either way, good for you for never giving up and for always being determined. Thank you for your inspiration and I know that you will get through this just as strongly and willfully as you did the rest.
    2444 days ago
    Good for you being on maintenance. Maintenance is hard. You have worked and worked to get there and now you are there and it is kind of like now what.

    You are doing a great job. Just stick with it. Keep trying new things that you can do for exercise.
    2444 days ago
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