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Rethink needed

Sunday, February 05, 2012

I'm doing the Springiest Maintainer challenge over on the At Goal & Maintaining board at the moment.

I think is going to be very helpful for me because having stressed over whether I can keep the weight off, I now worry that I could go too far the other way if I'm not careful.

This morning I weighed in at 57.5kg (about 127lbs), which is within the 3% range of my ideal weight that we're all aiming for on the Challenge but only just, and I definitely don't want to go any lower if I can help it.

Most likely when deciding what to eat this week I didn't make enough allowance for the much higher number of calories I burnt with the greater than usual amount of walking I did (I had the week off work and lovely cold-but-sunny weather), even though I logged both the food and the exercise.

It's harder than I expected to shake the gotta-lose-weight mentality, even though I've been maintaining for a couple of months now.

Rather than approaching it from the perspective that the exercise was a good thing to do because it was healthy and I enjoyed it, and being mindful that I needed to make sure I replaced the calories I was burning, I think that without consciously being aware of it I was still stuck in the mindset that exercise=calories burned=weight loss=good thing.

I'm still at a perfectly healthy BMI and a few pounds under is nothing to get anxious about, but I think I really do need to work on the way I look at all this and if anything be willing to let myself go a little over on the calories allowance occasionally, especially on weeks when I'm burning more calories than usual

Good grief, I really am becoming the most ridiculous stress bunny over all this !
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MELFOUCH 2/5/2012 9:40AM

    Thanks, I really appreciate you letting me know I'm not the only one having this difficulty.

I suppose it's a learning curve like so much in life, and I'm just finding it a little steeper than I anticipated !

Oh, and thank you so much for the gift KANOE10, that was really kind (didn't spot it at the time I made the original reply to your post).

Many thanks for your post too, NELLJONES. It's always encouraging to hear some-one's been successfully doing this for a while.

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NELLJONES 2/5/2012 9:37AM

    For me the "not losing" part was more about no longer getting affirmation from a number on scale going down. When losing, that scale was concrete proof that I was doing something right, a proof that didn't involve another person's opinion. I am at a very low weight right now, but that's fine. It's unlikely that anyone with my overweight background will become so thin as to be dangerous. All I have to do is let myself have a second piece of toast at breakfast, or the occasional cream in my coffee. A couple of times a year I can have a piece of pie or a cookie (all written in my book). Like everything else, experience is key. I have been at goal so long it feels natural. Only when I go back to a high school reunion do I meet anyone who knew me fat. It just takes time, and continued care.

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KANOE10 2/5/2012 8:40AM

    I have been in that same position. I have lowered my goal weight from 142 to 128. However, like you I do not want to go much lower..and have dropped to 127..Also..like you I exercise and don't always add calories to compensate..
I am also worrying about how not to gain weight while learning how not to lose weight! You are so right about it being hard to shake the gotta lose weight mentality.

Maintenance is a learning process. I also need to let myself go over the calories..for me carbs, occasionally.

Have a wonderful day..You are doing great! emoticon

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