Monday, March 11, 2013
Well - I'm 3.5 lbs above my maintenance goal!
I've been losing at a rate around 1.5-2 lbs a week for most of this journey. But for the past 4 weeks I've been slowing it down. I've been increasing my calories a little at a time, and now I'm losing about .3-.5 lbs a week. My goal is to find the "sweet spot" calorie range at right about the same time that I hit my goal weight.
I'm doing this on purpose because when I hit my maintenance range, I want to really maintain. I want to focus on building muscle and endurance and health. I want to be eating what I use, and having all of that food be high-quality, body-fueling food (OK, not all of it. I'll keep having my red wine and dark chocolate)
I joined a maintenance team and started psyching myself up for the transition.
The hardest part for me will be the lack of a specific goal. "indefinite maintenance" is not something my brain is well wired to do.... be it keeping my room clean, or keeping up with other good habits.
I did find out about this recently: www.nwcr.ws/
The National Weight Control Registry is a database of weight maintainers who have lost at least 30 lbs and kept it off for at least a year. They use yearly surveys and other data from members for ongoing scientific research on weight maintenance.
I am SO into this idea! I love science, and I love the idea of being part of a study. I think it will make me more motivated to maintain. So I'm throwing that out there - maybe it will motivate some of you as well :-)