Saturday, July 06, 2013
Here's the link -- and JOHAL52 is so right, the struggle to maintain is never ceasing but the support at Spark People is a huge factor in succeeding.
Maintaining INCLUDES taking it off and putting it on and taking it off again . . . yes it does. Although it's great to "smooth out" those bumps a bit . . . The At Goal and Maintaining: Transition to Maintenance Team resources help me a lot, but for me the real "foundation garment" has to be comprised of the unstinting support of my SP friends. No Spanx from any of them, lots and lots of great ideas and motivation and encouragement and . . . what a community.
In my comment on JOHAL52's blog, I do however stress my need for eternal vigilance in the nutrition tracking. In order to maintain, I can average only about 1400 calories a day -- so if I'm above that one day (and I was yesterday) I've gotta be comparably below that the next.
And . . . at 1400 calories a day I'm going to have to tolerate hunger. Which is not an emergency. It's normal. Lean people experience hunger every day. I have to keep telling myself that. I have to learn to think like a thin person . . . which means accepting hunger.
But -- (as I conclude in my JOHAL52 comment) it's worth it.
Recent instances of "worth-it-ness"??
My recent short holiday with DH. Slipping into the size 8 white shorts. The cobalt tankini for the beach. No worry at all about whether "this makes me look fat". Nope. It doesn't. And I know it.
Putting on my size 6 tan cotton pencil skirt and matching blazer for work yesterday. (With the black and tan stripy T and the black wedge espadrilles). The skirt is not tight. Not a bit. It fits. It will continue to fit so long as I stay with the program.
And: I'm staying with the program!!
Superficial? Silly at 62? Slightly solipsistic? Sure. All of that. And of course I have more significant motivations.
But whatever works. Spark People works. So long as I keep working it.