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Bonus blog: the state of the maintenance

Saturday, May 11, 2013

I have started to suspect that I am discovering (in year 3 of maintenance) the "normal" cycle of a gain over the winter, loss with more active times come Spring and Summer. My "maintenance range" appears to be a little wider than Polly Perfectionist wants to see, but then I HAVE been trying to kick her to the curb, and she's still out there camped on the lawn (not so subtle reference to growing grass...) . emoticon

Anyway, I here present two Weight Commander graphs. Each shows two years of daily scale recordings, graphed. The first is from end date of May 4th, 2012.

The second is ending today, May 11, 2013.

Speaking of progress photos, theses graph pictures show the long-shot of how my weight has varied over the past three years. What is of interest to me is how the emotions and the swings of the scale interact, and how Sparkpeople interacts with the emotions... to remind me of two things: how far I've come, and that I don't want to go back to the 200+ pound range!

My friend Marsha (SLENDERELLA61) blogged a few months back about having to potentially choose between maintaining her "happy weight" and maximizing her athletic dreams, as some expert or other she read seemed to thing these were not necessarily achievable at the same time. She identified that the happy weight was more important to her, at that time.

Faced with a similar situation on my end, where I was about 10 pounds on the scale heavier for the Lincoln HM, compared to the St. Pete one last November? I ran 18 minutes faster this time. Hmmmm... given the choice? I want my body to choose what's right for it... I don't care to obsess about the number on the scale. Been there, done that, have the closet full of T-Shirts.

HOWEVER... I do use the scale and a clear and honest appraisal of my behavior to tell me when it's time to "get real" if I've been sliding. There are reasons for every tool we have in our tool box. Scale included. Graphs included. We just have to keep them in perspective, and use them appropriately. Don't take extreme action over one number. Just nudge ourselves back into the behaviors that lead to...

A HAPPY LIFE! Which is GOOD. Spark on! emoticon
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