Sunday, December 02, 2012
I guess you're never too old to learn something about yourself. I've been doing what I call "maintaining" for 6 years now. I defined it as reaching whatever my goal weight du jour was--whether 112, 115, 120, 118--and remaining relatively nearby. Here's how this definition of maintenance works: reach goal weight, over and over, then bounce up from it, over and over. Now, the weight bounces aren't that big any more--no more than 7 pounds--but this is nerve wracking and means that I'm never truly maintaining. I'm always in weight loss mode or gaining mode, never in balance.
Inspired by the folks on the At Goal & Maintaining team, here's what I'd like to try instead. My new idea of maintenance is going to consist of staying right AT goal weight. This new focus on maintenance weight has led to my changing my tracker from a pounds-on-the-scale measurement to distance from goal. I still don't know exactly how I'm going to accomplish such precision, but at the very least it should be an interesting new Spark learning experience!