Saturday, February 16, 2013
First of all, thank you all SO VERY MUCH for the wonderful Birthday greetings and messages! It means so much to me! Thanks again for sharing this journey with me!
One thing I will discuss today is that I have reached the destination: I made a promise to myself that on my birthday this year, I would come to accept the weight that I am at and transition to maintenance. I weighed in at 136.2 this morning!
What does this mean?
This means that I will no longer put any extra effort into reaching a weight beyond what I am right now. I do anticipate I will likely lose a bit more because I recently switched to night shift, and every time I've done that in the past, I've lost a few lbs. Also, I'm practicing Lent this year, which eliminates the consumption of food from animals for 40 days. But any weight loss that I achieve from this point forward will be consequential. I am no longer "on a diet." I'm no longer TRYING to lose weight. My mindset is going to be one of living while maintaining.
THIS WILL BE HARD FOR ME!!!
I have never "not" been on a diet! I remember being on a diet as a wee little child! So I'm definitely going to need some continued support here on Spark to maintain my weight. Maintenance is uncharted territory for me!
From this point on:
I've learned, over the years and throughout this journey, that I simply must weigh in every day. I make an exception on days when I'm feeling particularly vulnerable or anxious- I don't want to upset my whole day by a disappointing scale reading. But for the most part, I do best when I weigh in every day. It takes all of 20 seconds... if that. And it's a useful tool to keep myself in check.
So one of my strategies for maintenance is to weigh in daily. And since I take a few minutes each day to log onto Spark, I will track my weight on Spark for accountability from day to day as well.
I'm sure I'll be sharing more maintenance tips as time goes on and as I learn them! But right now, I'm just a baby in the process.
Again, thank you all so much for your continued support and the friendship we share here on Spark! Have a great weekend!