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Accidental Maintenance Mode

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

I seem to have really settled in to the low 180's. for awhile this was really frustrating me, because my goal is closer to the high 160's.
I am comfortable, I am reasonably happy with the way I look.
I am not 100% happy and do want to lose the other 10-15 lbs.
I think I need too.

That said, do I want to lose it enough to put the effort in?
You see somewhere, with out meaning to, I slipped into maintenance.
I did not fall of the wagon. I have not the minimum exercise, and not kept my calories within weight loss mode.

This is not to say I gave up. I have still been putting in the effort needed not to re-gain.
The good news is that I am confident that I can keep up that lifestyle. This is a little reassuring to me, if I don't drop the ball I can keep the weight off. (I have been terrified of re-gain)

Back to the original question. "That said, do I want to lose it (the last 15lbs or so) enough to put the effort in?

The answer is "Not right now, but hopefully soon".

I feel like it had been taking a lot out of me just to keep up.
I simply do not Want to push myself and put in the extra effort needed to go back to "weight loss" mode.

I do hope that soon, I will be motivated and energized enough to push, but in the mean time I think there is nothing wrong with staying where I am.

I need be vigilant however, I need to daily remember that "maintaining" is not "stopping" and that if I stop trying altogether I will re-gain.

So while I may be less active here on Spark right now, I have not left my friends. I still log on daily and track my exercise. I am just backing down a bit while I prepare my metal and physical forces for that final push.

I think training for the 5k (my first) in August is going to help with that anyway.

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    You're very wise to be introspective enough to know yourself and when you have too much on your plate! There are many times, looking back, that I would have saved myself a lot of grief and exhaustion if I would have done what you are doing now. Keep me updated and stay in touch! emoticon emoticon
    1242 days ago
    emoticon Sometimes getting used to the body we have makes it easier to move forward to a new body size.
    Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon
    1244 days ago
    Pick it up again when you feel like you can dominate the challenges!
    1244 days ago
  • STODD251
    Wow, a lot of what you have said here resonates with how I've been feeling lately. I have let myself fall into this "maintenance mode" for probably 6 months now and it's not a good thing. I was weighing the same question about maintenance versus weight loss, but have come to the decision that for me, the right answer is, "Just do it!" I fear if I let myself stay in maintenance mode, I will never get there. I know I can maintain this weight, but it isn't even technically within the healthy range for my height, so I need to buckle down and try really really hard and lose 10-15 pounds. If I get there, then I think I will be satisfied with maintaining. I probably could go lower and still be healthy, but that just seems way too far from reach right now and I also don't want to become one of those super skinny people. I really do like my curves... But you are right, keep reminding yourself that maintaining is not anywhere near giving up. It is also a daily effort and totally worthwhile.
    1244 days ago
    At least you are maintaining and not going up that is always a success
    1244 days ago
    i lost 44 pounds by giving up grain and sugar products.

    changing things up when you get on a plateau helps get your system moving again.
    1244 days ago
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