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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.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FEB_SHOWERS16 5/30/2013 3:04PM

    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

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SPARKLISE 5/28/2013 3:24PM

    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

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GOSPELCLOWN 5/28/2013 10:41AM

    Pick it up again when you feel like you can dominate the challenges!

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STODD251 5/28/2013 10:38AM

    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.

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ELINTY 5/28/2013 10:29AM

  At least you are maintaining and not going up that is always a success

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MYBULLDOGS 5/28/2013 10:07AM

    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.

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