The only thing I have to do is eat and be the fit person I want to be, as I plan to do each day for the rest of my life. If I think of today's activities as something I'm temporarily doing to reach a certain goal (weight, clothing size, level of fitness, etc), I'm heading for failure. If I think of this as a temporary hard push and then it's done, I'm heading for certain failure.
But If I live for today like I want all my days to be, the rest will take of itself. If my only goal is to eat healthy and be active and fit and I do it every day, the rest will follow. My slim, healthy body will be the result of my daily healthy living, but it can't be my goal, the holy grail, the shiny unreachable, NO. Because that would mean an end to one phase and start of another. In the past, it meant end to a diet and start of "maintenance" - otherwise known as gaining it all back and then some.
My only goal is daily healthy living, living maintenance now including occasional treats. Some days I achieve that, others not so much, but I have way more days of achievement lately. A year ago, I had just turned 64 and was over 200 lbs, grieving, not on Spark, not happy with myself. Today, I'm 25 lbs lighter, much fitter, smaller, happier and looking forward to another year of getting, no- BEING, even healthier.
Living in maintenance is a slower pace.
It takes away the pressure of:
worry about plateaus
pushing and pulling to make it happen.
It removes road blocks
frees my mind
The only thing I have to do and my only goal is make and live healthy choices daily.
The results from those choices will unfold naturally in their own good time.
Without all that stress, I'm free to enjoy the journey and be happy!