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TTM5: Embark!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

That's transition to maintenance day 5. This is a thought I've had stewing since day 2, but I guess I've had other stuff I wanted to write about more. As I went through this year of developing a healthy lifestyle, I've thought a couple of times that it is like completing a university program in me, my body, and what works. I am learning so much.

Another way it is similar is that it has required a high degree of focus. Healthy lifestyle is kind of like that. You have to make the time and put in the effort each day, though there are not the inflexible dates and deadlines you have with coursework. I went back to school a few years ago but I wound up stopping my coursework after a year because I felt it was taking too much time from my kids. Whereas I can involve my kids in my lifestyle change.

Looking back to when I finished my first bachelor's degree, in linguistics, and I considered graduate school but decided the timing wasn't right, I went out to get a job. And the job I got was of the same sort I could have done without a degree. I think this happens to a lot of people, especially from the humanities, we settle for good enough for right now, and it turns into a career. (I'm not saying people need to be pickier in this job market, this was the mid 90's). Something my husband used to say was "just because you have a job doesn't mean you quit looking," but for me, that was it, the path of least resistance.

And I guess I see this as what can happen when we "graduate" from weight loss. Do we embark on a new life that college was a preparation for, or do we coast along thinking "college sure was fun, but now it's back to real life." Moving from weight loss to maintenance should be like going from training wheels to a real bike.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FUSIONFITNESS3 12/16/2012 11:27PM

    Good thoughts! Like your comparison to riding the BIG bike. Keep on pushing to live the lifestyle you've learned so much about this last year. You can do it.

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MLH148 12/16/2012 8:07PM

    Interesting thoughts. Hope to see day 50 and 500

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JUMPINJULIE 12/16/2012 4:51PM

    Great thoughts. you can do it.

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BIGPAWSUP 12/16/2012 11:04AM

    Even in maintenance we nee to emoticon

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ROMEOSMOM27 12/16/2012 9:24AM

    Thank you for sharing your story, emoticon emoticon

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