Saturday, October 13, 2012
Last Oct. 10 I weighed 142..down from 242. This October 10 I weighed 128. I am officially celebrating one year of maintenance.
This healthy thin person is the person I was meant to be. I am done being the fat girl.
As many people have said here, losing weight is not just the scale..it affects your whole life. It is a daily commitment to a healthy lifestyle.
My personal symbols of healthy maintenance:
1. Neon pink orange workout shoes: These make me smile when I put them on. I exercise 6-7 days a week. These were also my gift to myself when I reached my goal.
2. Flavored coffee: my treat after my workout.
3. A coal miner's light for my dark early morning walks. I feel like a coal miner. LOL.
4. My Hawaiian lunch bag. I used to buy fast food or eat frozen meals. Now I make my lunch the night before with 4 cups of vegetables!
5. A rainbow assortment of clothes in my closet..I used to just wear dark colors.
6. My laptop and Ipad. I daily track food, fitness, and use Spark People for support.
7.My bulging recipe folder and rows of spices!! I love experimenting with spicy new low carb recipes.
8. My scale: I weigh myself daily and adjust my eating depending on the scale.
9. Water bottles: I have water bottles in my car, at work, and drink water at home.
10. Workout clothes in my car. I keep an extra set of workout clothes for the days that I do not exercise in the mornng..so I can hit it on the way home.
11. National weight control registry: I have applied and am joining the maintenance study.
12. My husband: After two years my husband now eats low carb with me as well as does my son.
13, Cheese less pizza and cheese less omelettes: These are symbols that one I will order something that other people think is crazy, and two that I can enjoy a new type of eating.
14. Level buttons and weights: I am increasing these and losing inches.
My stumbling blocks
1. Tinasweep from the At Goal and Maintenaning plus Transition to Maintenance team, wrote an excellent blog. She pointed out that you need to be consistent to be successful. This is very true. However, she also noted that you must also redefine your rules and make new ones as time goes on.
90 percent of the time maintenance is easy for me. It works. I stay within a 3 pound range up or down. If i go up the weight goes back down fairly quickly.
About a week ago, I hit a plateau..My up weight was not going down..This lasted a week. I decided to lengthen my exercise, change my exercise routine, increase my levels. Now I am back down and maintaining easily again.
2. My other stumbling block was in the early part of the year, I had to deal with social pressure of insecure people telling me what I should weigh or questioning me about what I should eat. I learned to stand up to these people. For the most part people do not talk to me about weight anymore. ..except positively.
Maintenance is like a muscle: The more you use it ..the stronger it gets. The longer I practice the life of maintenance, the stronger I am feel and know I will continue it.