Friday, July 19, 2013
I finally stopped yo-yoing last August and have really become a "maintainer". Maintainers are not merely folks who have reached their goal weight. Maintainers are focused. Maintainers are conscious of their food and beverage choices. They exercise regularly. Maintainers know that just because they have reached their goal weight does not mean they can return to an unhealthy lifestyle.
I've been doing really awesome here the last year. I don't mind admitting that I haven't been tracking my calories in maintenance,. I have really been focusing on eating healthy foods 80% of the time and not so healthy 20%. It has been working great until this summer. I gained 5 lbs! We have been out of town a lot and it has been more difficult to make healthy food choices and get all my workouts in.
The past few weeks I have been focused on making healthy food choices and getting plenty of exercise. However, the weight just wasn't coming off. I was listening to sparkpeople radio, and one of the gals (I don't remember which), was talking about eating to a 5. If you think about your hunger scale as 0 being starved and 10 being stuffed, stop eating when you get to a 5. It hit me like a ton of bricks! I had let my portions get out of control!! Even though I was making healthy meals, I was overeating.
This week I have really been thinking about eating to a 5. Surprise, surprise, the scale is moving. I feel like the lesson here is that we must always evaluate what we are doing and whether it is working. Even though I had been maintaining for almost a year, I let a bad habit sneak back in. If I hadn't been tracking my weight, being aware of my food, and using my resources (sparkpeople radio), 5 pounds could've easily turned into 15 or more!