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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

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TINAJANE76 5/14/2013 6:59PM

    How very neat to see things spelled out so clearly. My maintenance seems to be on a similar path to yours and while I'd also love to see a bit less fluctuation, I'm constantly improving and feel so much more settled in than I did just a few months ago. Thanks for setting such a great example!

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SIMONEKP 5/13/2013 11:44AM

    Interesting, BTW, fighting my own battle with the lawn, I have a stubborn patch that will not fill in no matter how many times I fertilize and seed, it's been 5 yrs.

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WATERMELLEN 5/12/2013 5:21PM

    Great blog. "Means to an end, not end in itself": the end is health, strength, happiness and not a number. Yeah. (But I have to keep telling myself that . . . ).

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LEANJEAN6 5/12/2013 8:07AM

    Well I must remember this--You are so good to show this to us Barb!-Happy Mother's Day- emoticon

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MSLZZY 5/11/2013 10:49PM

    Very informative and good points to consider. Happy Mother's Day!

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LRSILVER 5/11/2013 10:13PM

    Good blog. Interesting points.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/11/2013 8:58PM

    Great bonus blog, Barb!

Hmmm....I know my body has a weight variance between the winter and spring/summer too. But I think like you pointed out, it is natural to be more active as the weather turns warmer! I know I'm more active for sure

given the choice between my "happy weight" and healthy weight, I'll take healthy weight.

HUGS Barb. Happy Mother's Day.

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PATRICIAAK 5/11/2013 7:41PM

    I agree it is important to listen to your body.

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DLDMIL 5/11/2013 7:24PM

    Another thought provoking blog. Thanks Barb. emoticon

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CASEYTALK 5/11/2013 6:42PM

    It's possible to gain GOOD weight. If you packed on ten pounds of muscle between the two half marathons, no wonder you did better the second time.

The scale number is only part of the equation. When was the last time you had your body fat percentage calculated?


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_LINDA 5/11/2013 3:58PM

    Somehow, I think the athlete in you is more important then the scale number. Here is to building more muscle, becoming faster, stronger, and doing even better at future races.

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SLENDERELLA61 5/11/2013 3:39PM

    Great job of maintaining -- and of blogging. Thanks so much for sharing this information. It helps me accept my fluctuations and weight changes a bit more, too. I still run for health, fitness, and to help me maintain my weight loss. Athletic performance is a side benefit, not my primary goal. But I'm still hoping for some bling tonight -- even with a minor injury. We'll see. -Marsha

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LESLIELENORE 5/11/2013 3:12PM

    Yes... the scale is just a tool we can use. You have a good attitude about your weight.

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KRISZTA11 5/11/2013 3:01PM

    Congrats on your wonderful active lifestyle!
Great job listening to your body, rather than obsessing about weight fluctuations.

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MOBYCARP 5/11/2013 12:54PM

    Definite food for thought, here. I know where the lower end of my maintenance range is, but I don't know for sure where the upper end should be or how wide it ought to be. I've maintained in a narrow range by watching the scale and adjusting what I eat; but I'll bear in mind that the focus to do that might not be sustainable long term.

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KELLIEBEAN 5/11/2013 12:29PM

    So true, I no longer get on the scale hoping for a loss. I get on every morning now to make sure I'm no veering of course. If I indulge in pizza or ice cream, I wait a couple days because I know.

Congrats on beating your time!

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VTRICIA 5/11/2013 10:10AM

    Good to think about.

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RUN4FOOD 5/11/2013 10:06AM

    Good blog and good focus.

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NEW-CAZ 5/11/2013 9:59AM

    Quite right!

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