Wednesday, May 01, 2013
I received a bunch of congratulations at the end of March for "maintaining" for 2 years. Technically I was still maintaining, but I was still 3 lbs. over goal. At the end of January I was about 11 lbs over goal, so I started an aggressive campaign to get "Back to Goal".
I'm happy to say I've achieved that goal! I still want to loose 2 more lbs. for that "wiggle room", but I'm ecstatic.
Since I was feeling a little bogus about maintenance back in March, I never really commented or gave my "words of wisdom" blog. I'm really not that wise about all of this, I do seem to obsess about it though. But I'll write down what "works" for me.
My History - I was a slightly overweight child and teen (surrounded by a skinny family!). I was a very athletic, so that kept things a little under control. Back in the late 70's, no one really worried about "obesity"! My first year out of high school I was working full time and going to college at night, so I put on about 20 additional lbs. that fall & winter. Because of a psychology project (rewarding my self a $1 for each pound I lost and the outcome would be a new bathing suit), I lost 50 lbs.! I managed to maintain that until I got married and started having children in my early 30's.
After baby #3, I found myself about 60 lbs. overweight and now in the "obesity" category. I mentioned before, I also got a diagnosis for Insulin Resistance. That scared me and I lost about 40 lbs. I yo-yoed for a while and when I hit 50 (and after seeing a very unflattering vacation picture), I was determined to get to goal (hopefully setting a healthy example for my 3 daughters).
Because I'm competitive and Weight Watchers worked in the past, I joined and lost 46 lbs. and finally reached my goal weight!
Maintenance - I'd like to give all kinds of tips and suggestions, but I truly believe weight loss & maintenance is a individual journey. You got to find what works! Weight Watchers worked for me for loosing the weight, but I let my "snacking" spiral out of control and ended up 11 lbs. over goal.
I started tracking points again online back in January and lost 5 lbs. (but would go up and down - still snacking!). A couple of weeks ago, I decided to go "low carb" again to loose those final 6 lbs.! It seems to work for me because it keeps me away from the chips, crackers & sweets.
Maintenance is not easy. In fact for me, it was harder because I didn't have that "gratification" of loosing weight. Like many people, I was extremely disappointed in myself for gaining those 11 lbs. and "destroying" all of my hard work. I tried to keep in perspective that I was still exercising, drinking plenty of water and eating 7-9 servings of freggies, but the portion control & snacking needed to get back in control.
A couple of motivators for me:
Embarrassment - I was such a "inspiration" to friends & family and I didn't want to be embarrassed by gaining everything back.
Clothes Size - the clothes I bought after loosing the weight were starting to get tight and I didn't have the funds or desire to get new clothes. I would rather spend the money on buying cute things for my teenage daughters. I had plenty of nice stuff, it was just getting tight!
Age - I'm 52, I can't keep doing this yo-yoing and since I'm an "older" mom, I want to be healthy and active for my girls and potential grandchildren. I get so much pleasure now being able to "play" with my great nephew.
So those are my "words of wisdom" and what works for me. My goal for May is:
Loose final "wiggle room" 2 lbs.
Increase running distance and be ready for 5/18 5K.
Improve 5K running time (under 38 mins.)
Strength Train (yeah right)
I walked with my sister on Monday on the hilly trail for about 45 mins. and ran yesterday with DD#3. I increased my distance to 2.5 miles, so I'm on my way back to 5K!