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.
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.