It seems like a lot of people are thinking about maintenance these days. As I approach the one year mark of reaching my initial weight loss goal, I have to admit it’s been on my mind a lot, too, so I guess I’ll weigh in on the issue.
Get it? Weigh in? Oh, never mind!
First and foremost, I highly recommend that you check out this string on SparkPeople Before you reach your weight loss goal :
This is in the Lifestyle Center section and gives some very good and important advice on maintenance that you need to start thinking about before you hit that point.
See, the thing is, you focus for so long on losing that weight, that once you get to the point you wanted to be it’s easy to start kind of freaking out. My first thought when I adjusted my trackers for a three month maintenance trial was, honestly, how on earth will I ever eat 1800 calories in a day? It seemed like so many after the 1200-1500 allotment I’d been used to.
But you adjust. Of course you adjust. By losing that weight, by reaching this goal, you have learned to adjust.
People will tell you that the last ten pounds are the hardest. They are not lying. Let me repeat that : They are not lying. As you get near your goal weight, your body has begun to adjust to being near where it knows it should be. There’s also the anticipation factor. You are so close you can TASTE IT! AHHHHHH! And like that watched pot that never boils, it seems like those last pound will never, ever, ever come off!
But they will. Of course they will. Because you have built the skills to persevere.
Weight loss is not, or should not be, the only component of your life. By the time you reach your maintenance weight you will have adjusted your time, energy, exercise levels and nutrition to be a healthier person. When you reach that weight loss goal, you will have to start tinkering a bit with your food and workouts to get the most out of them. It’s almost like being back at square one.
But it’s not. Of course it’s not. Because you have traveled a ‘long and winding road’ to get to this point, and you know that the road hasn’t ended. There is still much of the world to see, and you have this fabulous, healthy you to see it in.
Like many others, once I reached that ‘goal’ I had set for myself, I decided to give myself a 5 pound buffer. That way I could fluctuate and still stay below that mark. I found that wasn’t enough for me. I am happy, heck, I’m overjoyed that not ONCE since mid April of 2012 have I hit or gone over that 140 mark! I’ve come close, and that had me so panicked that I decided to lose a little more. I’m heading for 127, still in the mid range for my size and shape, but far enough from that never, ever, ever again mark of 140 that I’m hoping I can manage it a little better without the fear factor staring me in the face. Okay, smacking me and yelling at me and starting to use those bad words of negative self-talk. I need my buffer to keep me below 135. I can BE 135, but I cannot be 140.
Part of that is setting new goals. Goals that are outside the sphere of weight loss, but that maintain this healthier and, OH YES!, thinner me.
I want to continue being healthy. I want to continue being fit. I want to continue being happy in the skin I’m in.
And I can. I can do anything I set my mind to. And so can you!