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Monday, August 12, 2013

I wrote about this a bit yesterday on my Happily ever after wordpress. If maintenance is to last, it has to stop being a project and become a relationship. Maintenance can't be the most important thing in our lives forever, because life keeps throwing stuff at us. But I do think maintenance has to be more important than the various things that can pull us off course. I guess maybe that's the sense that it's hard, but it doesn't have to be hard if we've made the decision already.

I've sometimes said that several years of 12 step recovery has helped prepare me for maintenance. So has a lifetime of being Mormon (making the right decision once), and even maybe being Asian. Some of the very things that I felt made me a square peg over the years. When you look at the numbers on maintenance, it can be comforting to not fit in with the crowd.

In my blog I talked about different relationships and finally related healthy eating to having a dog and fitness to having a cat. I guess my relationship with the scale is like keeping backyard chickens. If they aren't producing eggs, there could be a number of reasons and you need to attend to them a little more carefully to find out what the trouble might be.

My access to the Biggest Loser is up now and it was pretty interesting. I think one thing it showed me is that just because you're injured and can't do common exercises doesn't mean you can't manage your weight. It may not even mean you can't do a marathon. I still don't have marathoning as a goal, but the show did inspire me to a higher level of fitness. (There are also a lot of people from Utah on that show... being Mormon has its downside, I guess when you don't drink, don't smoke, what do you do?)

I got my copy of Thin for Life in the mail but we've been a little busy with my dad in town so I haven't really delved into it yet. More on dogs and cats: happilyeverafter212.word

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NELSONCHERYL59 8/13/2013 8:11PM

    Great insights. I love your analigies.

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CELIAMINER 8/13/2013 10:11AM

    I have 5+ decades of bad habits and emotions I'm still trying to overcome, so while maintenance can't always occupy the top spot on my priority list, it will remain in the top three as much as possible. Keeping maintenance in the forefront helps me maintain mindfulness about my eating and exercise.

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JUMPINJULIE 8/12/2013 9:12PM

    Great blog.

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DESERTJULZ 8/12/2013 7:12PM

    Yes, I agree. Maintenance cannot be at the top of the priority list... life must be. However, there has to always be room to focus a little time on maintenance. Well written.

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LRSILVER 8/12/2013 6:51PM

    This is great!!

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