Tuesday, July 02, 2013
"In the depts of winter, I finally learned that there was in me, an invincible summer." Camus
I am simply enjoying maintaining in summer. My non scale victories for the summer are good changes.
For the first time in over 10 years, I am wearing sleeveless tops. Last summer even though I was at goal weight and had lost 110 pounds, I did not like the loose skin on my arms. I always wore shirts that were either long sleeves or covered up with a sweater. Now after a year of strength training, I have muscles in my arms. I felt very self conscious wearing a sleeveless top at first, but now am comfortable with it.
I had the same reaction to loose skin on my legs last summer. I would only wear shorts that reached my knees or capris over the knees due to loose skin. Now with muscles in my legs, I am wearing shorter shorts!
Another thing that I am celebrating is gaining muscle strength from last year. On my last trip to Hawaii, I found that my strength in swimming is much developed from my previous trips. I wish I had know this when I was young and competitively swimming.
It took me over a year to lose my weight. I am in my 1 year and 8th month of maintenance. In that year of losing, one of the tools that I used, was to tell myself that I wanted to wake up happy with my food choices from yesterday. This mantra was very helpful when I was resisting foods to lose weight. I would picture how happy I would be the next morning..to get through an event or food situation.
Now in maintenance I use this same tool. Here is the reality of my maintenance. Mr. Creep can still occur with up pounds even if:
You are no longer bingeing..3 years for me.
You are eating healthy low carb, low sugar foods.
You are exercising 6 to 7 times a week.
There is no, " I've done enough. I am doing everything right and I should not have a weight gain," in maintenance. You simply start tweaking or changing your eating or exercise. There are times when you lack motivation, but you just keep following your successful habits.
I drag out my mantra and tell myself that I want to wake up happy in the morning while I am cutting back to basics or increasing exercise.
Then success occurs. There is the glow of satisfaction when the scale moves. Yes, I am doing it.Yes, my efforts are working.
This is the invincible summer that is in me, that is happy to be healthy and taking care of myself.
I hope all of my Spark Friends enjoy that glow of accomplishment and feel their invincible summer.
Thanks to all of you for your warm support.