Thursday, February 07, 2013
Losing weight and getting fit has not been easy or quick, but it has definitely been worth all the effort and sweat. But what comes next? I have read that only about 5% of people who lose weight keep it off. Those aren't very good odds. So, what can I do to prepare myself for weight maintenance?
Well, I have been researching what I need to do, and reading blogs from successful maintainers. I figure that is a start. I have committed myself to this lifestyle change for the long haul, which is another component of the equation. I have set my mind to staying active and eating healthy just as a matter of habit. I have gotten out of the habit of eating dessert, except on special occasions.
I have been on a weight plateau for about a month now, but instead of getting frustrated I am thinking of it as practice for maintenance. I have already lost 145 pounds, and only need to lose about 15 pounds more, so I figure I am doing pretty well, even if the scale isn't moving. (Besides my body fat percentage is dropping, which makes me happier than having my weight drop.) I really want to get to 160 pounds, because then I will have lost 50% of my starting weight, which I think is a great marker.
But back to maintenance... I think I will continue to push forward with my fitness successes to keep myself motivated. I will run my first 5k this Spring, and if that goes well, I think I want to push farther on the distances I run. A 10k or even a half marathon seem like good goals to start thinking about. Also kayaking will start again in a couple of months (well, maybe 3 months, lol), and I am well on my way toward building upper body strength for that. I want to focus on endurance paddles this summer. I was doing 20+ mile paddles by the end of last summer, but I still couldn't load the kayak onto the car by myself. So that is the other part of my goal... to be able to load and unload the kayak by myself.
These fitness goals are keeping me motivated now, and I expect they will keep me motivated even after I finally reach my goal weight and declare myself "in maintenance". I am not fooling myself that this will be easy. I expect it will be just as difficult, if not more difficult, than losing the weight to begin with. But I expect that, just ;like losing the weight, it will be worth the effort.