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What Will Maintenance Be Like?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I read a fellow member's post today. She is already in maintenance, and her comment about that made me stop and think. "But it can be a challenge to keep myself challenged sometimes, particularly with fitness."

I had assumed that once I reached maintenance, I would arrive at a place with my nutrition and fitness where everything would reach a status quo, a place where I would feel I could relax my focus on constantly ramping fitness up another notch or look for the next bad habit I would "fix" in my eating patterns.

I DO want to keep my fitness and food interesting fun, and healthy. That's a pretty big challenge in itself.

I DO NOT want to go back to eating all of my unhealthy "favorite" foods.

I DO NOT want to go back to veggin happening only in my recliner.

I don't think I want to challenge myself more and more with harder and harder physical challenges once I reach maintenance.

I see myself trying new and different things in food and activity, just to avoid boredom.

So, what does maintenance look like to you? And if you reply, please let me know if you are in maintenance already, or if you are imagining it from a distance.

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Added note: First of all, I want to thank everyone for their insight. Your comments are very helpful.

Joette, I guess I won't really know until I get there; but right now, I don't feel food will be a problem, possibly because my reasons for my dietary changes have not been driven by the need for weight loss. Though I did need to lose weight. And I have enough of the journey left to get closer to feeling that way about fitness. I'm definitely not close to that place right now. I've come a long way, still a lot of mind work to go!!

I guess for the rest of the journey, I need to choose things which might help me to internalize the physical side of fitness as a way of life. I definitely have no clue what those things would be.
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AJDOVER1 6/27/2013 6:41PM

    I'm in "maintenance mode" now. I hit what I considered to be my goal weight last fall and maintained it through the winter. I increased my outdoor exercise with Daylight's Saving Time and I've lost an additional 5-8 pounds since then. For me, maintenance is EXACTLY like weight-loss. It's all about healthy habits. I still track my food and exercise every day. I don't eat junk, but I don't have a perfect diet either. I certainly don't micro-manage my calories, but I know what a serving of ice cream looks like (there are 4 servings in a pint). I haven't gone back to large portion sizes or sedentary days. I may lose a bit more weight as I get stronger and my fitness improves. I may gain a few pounds with the return of Standard Time and shorter days. The range of a healthy BMI is pretty broad and right now I'm below the midpoint. I don't panic over my 2-3 pound daily fluctuation.

I didn't change my eating and exercise habits just to lose weight. I did it to be healthy. I've got to continue these healthy habits for the rest of my life. My primary exercises are running and walking. I don't have any trouble finding continual challenges there! I didn't think I'd get to this point, but I'm glad to find physical exercise is now a way of life for me.

I wish you all the best.

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HHLTD1 6/27/2013 4:25PM

    I am not sure I will ever make maintenance. However for all those who do good for you.

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SHARJOPAUL 6/27/2013 10:38AM

    I'm not on maintenance yet but I see it as a continuation of what I have been doing but with just a little more leeway. I will have to continue to be mindful of what and how much I eat but hopefully will be able to give myself a LITTLE treat on rare occasions. I will be continuing my workouts with the big emphasis on the fun stuff. And forever tracking both because if I don't I know I will slip!

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LESLIELENORE 6/26/2013 10:04PM

    I am new to maintenance... but I am not finding it any harder than weight loss was. Of course I am still losing weight even though I have already reached my goal. I don't know how much more I can eat, so I may have to scale back on fitness a little. I still have fitness goals I am aiming for, but they are within my current plan. I have relaxed a little bit since reaching maintenance, but that is mostly due to circumstance rather than a plan.

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J0ETTE 6/26/2013 9:14PM

    I think maintenance is harder than losing. I tried maintenance a bit ago... Gained almost 15 lbs very quickly. Haven't found the motivation to buckle down yet. Food is the only thing that fell apart when I tried maintenance.

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L*I*T*A* 6/26/2013 8:48PM

    very insightful........
food for thought that is for sure!!!
thanks for sharing.....
blessings and hugs..........lita

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SNOWYOGA 6/26/2013 8:40PM

    I am not in maintenance. But to me it means that you have lost your weight and have started (new life) new habits, for your life, and that because of this you don't have to work as hard at it, because you have changed, and now it is something that you just do (eatting & exercising). I hope to be here some day emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 6/26/2013 7:47PM

    There is no such thing as 'health in stagnation' whether in maintainance or not. This doesn't mean you have to constantly be 'ramping up' but rather staying in touch with what will keep it a positive experience.

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NELLIEC 6/26/2013 5:58PM

    I am in maintenance. I do periodically look for something new to try for fitness. Not necessarily in totally new, but maybe something I haven't done for a while.

I do find that as I have gotten more healthy, I am able to do more and naturally do somewhat more exercise just because I can.

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MARTHROID 6/26/2013 5:22PM

    So, no veggin'! just veggies! Teehee
Interesting blog and food for thought.

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CHRISTASP 6/26/2013 5:04PM

    I have no idea what maintenance is nor if I will ever know.

Maybe a tip: I thoroughly enjoy the blog posts of Kanoe10 who IS there, you may like reading her blog entries too: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.a
sp?id=KANOE10



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JEANNETTE59 6/26/2013 3:04PM

  Maintenance is a challenge. It's easy to fall into the "I did it frame of mind" and that is the first step on a very slippery slope.
Life is a journey and a healthy life doesn't just happen. You are in charge, you make the choices emoticon yourself. Try new workouts, new healthy foods and recipes. If there is a clothing style or color that you love, but were afraid to wear before your weight loss, go shopping. Take a good look in the mirror, how does it look now? Is it what you hoped for or do you need a little toning?
Continue set set goals and establish rewards and if you are like me keep tracking.

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FUNLOVEN 6/26/2013 2:28PM

    I am not in maintenance yet but I always thought it would be just like you said "I would arrive at a place with my nutrition and fitness where everything would reach a status quo, a place where I would feel I could relax my focus on constantly ramping fitness up another notch or look for the next bad habit I would "fix" in my eating patterns". I will still hope for this to be true because it can be down right exhausting always trying to "ramp" it up every day.

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