Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Today I was reading, not for the first time, 4A-HEALTHY-BMI's blog on the need for evidence based weight management programs. I'll go ahead and link to her blog on WeKeepItOff.com since that's where I was reading it:
And the thought that congealed in my head as I got to the end was:
"Weight loss is about getting there as fast as you can, maintenance is about staying there for as long as you can." Put another way, loss is about dating, maintenance about marriage. Loss is about the hunt, maintenance about planting and gathering. Loss is about competition, maintenance is about emulation.
When you were a kid, do you remember the day you told your older sibling or parent that you were growing up, and someday you'd be bigger than them? And they explained to you that they're getting older every year too. The gap between you might shrink, but you will always be younger than them. That's kind of how it is in maintenance. The people I'm counting on for support, they will always have been in maintenance longer than me. At least, I hope so because I don't want anyone to fall out or drift away. I want this to be working. I'm counting on the system.
It's not like in 28 days when Daniel is checking out and Oliver observes something to the effect that since only 1 in 10 of them are going to make it, it's actually better odds for the rest of them if he relapses. I really believe that the more people maintain successfully, the better the odds get. I'm not too interested in the odds anyway, except as far as they inform me of technique.