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 !