Why Maintenance Stinks
Friday, April 27, 2012
Yup, you've read that correctly. Don't get me wrong, there are lots of wonderful things about maintaining your weight. The feeling of accomplishment, the healthier and better-looking body, more energy, etc, but for all of the articles you can find about the challenges of losing weight, there are far fewer about the challenges of keeping it off and highs and lows associated with it.
I've been maintaining for almost two months now and as I try to settle in to a long-term program that works for me, I have to admit that I feel a bit like I'm going through the weight-loss equivalent of post-partum depression. When you're losing weight, you have easily definable goals, the expectation of great losses and changes that are very visual. Once you're at goal, it becomes a bit harder to challenge yourself, the changes aren't so noticeable and you don't get the rush of seeing that you've lost two pounds in a week. And then there's the compliment factor. Once you lose a certain amount of weight, the compliments start pouring in and they're a huge motivator. After you've been at goal for a while, people get used to seeing you thinner and the compliments become fewer and farther between.
So what's a girl to do to stay challenged and motivated? I'm continuing to do many of the challenges I had done while I was losing weight because I think they're mostly still very relevant for me. I've also picked up a few new ones that I think address where I'm at. Hopefully this slightly down feeling I'm experiencing will pass soon and I'll find lots of new motivation!