Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Maintenance is hard. I have read many helpful thought from you, my SP friends, on this topic, but I am still struggling here. Getting the equation just right obviously escapes me and I would appreciate any help.
Since calling myself in maintenance about two and a half months ago, I have lost about 4 kg more. Healthwise, it is not a problem - I am smack in the middle of the healthy BMI range at 21.7. The problem is that I would like to maintain, not lose any more weight.
I have upped my calories for sure, but since I no longer track, it's hard to know exactly how much I am eating.
A normal day's intake goes something like this:
Breakfast: coffee with whole milk (about a cup of milk total), a fat-free yogurt, and a banana
Lunch: A cup of soup, a sandwich made with two normal slices of part-whole wheat bread, a quarter of an avocado, turkey breast, about 50 kcal slice of hard cheese. Whatever fruit there is, a piece of dark chocolate, coffee with cream (two small coffee cream containers)
Snack: A cereal bar (130 kcal)
Dinner: Whatever the family has, often some kind of pasta dish with veggies and cheese. 2-3 times a week I'll have a glass of wine with dinner. If there is dessert, occasionally I will have a little piece. If I feel snacky after dinner, I'll have some fruit.
No, I'm not eating perfectly, and definitely not clean, but that's a separate issue.
A 1550 kcal or so day looked quite a bit like this, except no dessert with lunch and dinner, no wine, smaller portions at dinner.
Exercise: 3 times a week strength training, usually with my stability ball, and no more than 25 min. 3 times a week a Zumba video, usually 20-25 minutes, occasionally over 30 min but rarely these days. That's a very conservative program, I think. This is what I did while losing, too.
My problem is that I don't want to start eating much more, since I can see how bad habits can creep back in with increased calories. On the other hand, I really don't want to keep losing, I want to maintain.
I do think that my work-related stress is not helping stabilize my weight. It seems I both gain and lose relatively easily at this time in my life, and both trends are affected by stress. Left to my own devices, I will just gain, though, since I use food as a stress relief unless I am aware of it. No intuitive eating for me, sadly.
I've had a neighbor ask me if everything was ok, whether I lost weight because I wanted to. That scared me a little. I know people say all sorts of things about weight loss, and resist change in others. Yet, if I can be perceived as sickly and not svelte by choice, well... My husband says I look great and I'm feeling good and strong.
Is it a problem? What to do?