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Questions I am asking myself in maintenance...

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Friday, August 16, 2013

I don't want to stop striving to move forward now that I am in maintenance and have been for a couple of months. It has felt like my motivation has stalled a bit. I still have my fitness streak to focus on (Day 696 today of 120 minutes or more of intentional exercise every day), and tomorrow I am running in a 5k down at Presque Isle in Erie, PA. But what comes next??

That is a really good question. And I am not certain how to answer it right now. I know I want to keep running regularly. I will continue to walk the dog. I will continue to eat healthy and in proper portions for my activity level. That doesn't seem enough somehow. Do I need to go ahead and start training for a sprint tri next summer? I am a weak swimmer, and not that fast on a bike, so it would take plenty of time and effort to train for something like that. I think I have the run down, though (finally). Do I want to work more on the renovations at my parents' house and let some of the exercise fall by the way side? September 20th marks the 2 year point of my fitness streak, so maybe I can relax just a little after that date? I want to continue kayaking regularly while the weather permits, but do I want to work on getting a roll? (My kayaking friends know what I mean.) I like being more of an endurance paddler. Do I want to change anything about that?

So many questions to consider...

What I do know is that I want to continue to maintain my weight about where it is (maybe a few pounds heavier even), and at least maintain my fitness level where it is currently. I like how I look, and I like how I feel. Do I really need to change anything for a little while?
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  • CARRIE1948
    I think this is something you will discover over time. Matching your caloric intake to your exertion is a great first step.

    Best of luck. This motivates me to keep moving.
    1503 days ago
    Just starting maintenance and it is a challenge. I know how to lose weight really well, keeping it off not so much. Lots of questions to think about
    1504 days ago
  • JOE14250
    You have accomplished a lot! You need new broad goals. I like incorporating friends into as much of what I do physically as I can. My sons and I hike, my wife and I hike, spark people in my neighborhood and I hike and bike, I like diversity and contacts. It broadens my network of support and will help me to persist. You have done a great job. I really like the comments from the folks above. Maggie Rosebowl I agree with completely.
    1504 days ago
    To me--almost 2 1/2 years into maintaining a 175-lb. weight loss--maintenance is much like losing the weight was. It's constant vigilance about what goes into my mouth and never ending effort to keep moving to burn calories. I think it's a mindset abut how you live your life differently now, and once you start allowing yourself some leeway, it gets too easy to stop being vigilant. I just try to constantly stay in control, never cheat (much), and if I do, get right back on track as soon as possible. I try not to wait until the next day. Even late in the day, it's not too late to stop doing the damage and start over!!! We are not perfect and must forgive ourselves constantly. Then we can continue our quest to stay in control of our choices, so that we can make GOOD ones!
    1505 days ago
    LeslieLenore: All has been said in your comments to this blog! You ARE an inspiration!

    I am finding that I need to give myself little goals on a daily basis, AND BIG goals for the week, then BIGGER goals for the month, AND BIGGEST goals for the year! That is how I am maintaining. I WOULD like to come down about 5 #'s but, like you said, I am happy with how my clothes fit, etc. I have no problem with exercise! I do it daily since starting Spark People. I need NEW goals, NOT related to exercise. More meditation time, more visualizing my future goals, de-cluttering, etc.

    Hope this helps you, you ALWAYS inspire me!

    *~LIGHT emoticon
    1505 days ago
    Well done! Congrats! I just started running this past January and ran my first 5 K in April after reaching my goal weight. This month I plan to get a bit more aggressive with my running. Great way to challenge yourself for the future! Best wishes.
    1506 days ago
    What's on your bucket list? Sounds like you've got the personal fitness level to try anything you want.

    Angela (4A-HEALTHY-BMI ) has some great suggestions in trying different activities. I've done something similar and found it a terrific way to experience/celebrate the weight loss.

    Good luck and congrats on your streak!
    1507 days ago
    What an amazing fitness streak! Very inspiring! The sprint tri sounds like a lot of fun. Because I am also a weak swimmer, I recently took private swim lessons to correct my awful form and found I got a lot more productive in the water. Just a thought....
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    1507 days ago
    I have a feeling that whatever you do, it will be the right thing!

    Listen to your heart and body. Remain vigilant. And as someone mentioned above, keep reinventing yourself!

    And congrats on your fitness streak of two years. WOW! Sounds like you have reached a good place, and I am sure you will stay there.

    Happy Trails!

    Oak Ash and Thorn
    1507 days ago
    Wow almost 2 years of exercining 2 hours a day. You are fantastic. I aim for 90 minutes a day

    1508 days ago
    Sounds like you are doing great! Congrats on loving who you have become!
    1508 days ago
    You go girl! Wow! You are an inspiration. I have only been maintaining for 9 months. I hope to make it to a year on New Years Day. Thanks for sharing your story on motivation and maintaining. Linda from bean town emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1508 days ago
    on reaching maintenance and on your fitness goal !
    1508 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Congratulations on your great accomplishment in losing and maintaining your weight loss. Your exercise for two years is impressive. I wish you well in answering your questions about what comes next. It will be an exciting adventure to discover new raods to take.

    1508 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Congratulations on an awesome fitness streak and a successful maintenance!! Maintenance is far harder then losing weight for sure. You have to figure out what will work best for you to keep the weight off and you need to find the activities that will keep you interested in moving. You have seemed to find the activities, so all that remains is improving your skill in doing them. There are certainly plenty of races to enter to keep up your running motivation. I find it interesting you kayak but don't know how to do the roll. I would have thought it part of safety training to know how. If you ever want to do rapids or some such, it would become vital to know. It must be wonderful to have great weather and a calm lake or river to paddle on that you are comfortable with!
    Keep up the great work and enjoy your activities, but don't be afraid to try something new -it might be fun!

    1509 days ago
    you are doing great great blog
    1509 days ago
    Sounds like you are doing everything right. I would just keep doing what you're doing, but remain open to trying new things as they peak your interest! Whatever you decide.... HAVE FUN AND ENJOY.... you've earned it!
    1509 days ago
    Great questions Leslie! I loved 4a-healthy-BMI's answer. I would answer keep up with your fitness but make room for doing things for your folks. You can have FUN helping with a renovation. You can do anything you set your mind to. Enjoy!
    1509 days ago
  • MAREE1953
    Isn't it fabulous to be so fit and healthy that you can contemplate all of these wonderful exciting options? I wish you the very best in discovering your passions in this new "maintenance" phase of life and learning all about the new and better you!! Cheers!
    1509 days ago
    You are doing just fine.
    1509 days ago
    I think your doing fine and it's a healthy sign to be curious about what's around the corner for you emoticon
    1509 days ago
    You are doing great.
    1509 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Sounds like you are doing awesome. Take one day at a time and I am sure you will find new adventures and exercises to keep you fit!
    Great job!
    1509 days ago
    As long as you keep living a healthy lifestyle, you do whatever is right for you!

    Brilliant post, thank you!
    1509 days ago
  • MOMMY445
    keep on doing your best! you are worth it!
    1509 days ago
  • FARRAH511
    I understand you perfectly. I like where I am, I'm trying to maintain, but what's next?

    I've only been in Maintenanceville for a couple of months, but trying to maintain is more challenging for my mind that trying to lose, I think....

    When you find the "answer" to maintenance, let me know...

    Good luck

    1521 days ago
    Keep doing your best!
    1521 days ago
    Those are some great questions! I would say go for whichever one excites you the most, or the one you'd be most sad about NOT doing. Only you know! Whatever you pic you'll do great at, and later on you'll move on to one of the others. just remember you don't have to do it all now :)
    1521 days ago
    Maintenance is a whole new ball game . . . I've recently read "Refuse to Regain" which has a lot of interesting info about this new phase. And of course our At Goal and Maintaining Team is a huge source of info on sustaining motivation!
    1521 days ago
    Enjoy your race today! Congrats on your fitness streak ~ Every Day! You are awesome.
    1521 days ago
    Keep rockin' the fitness and healthy eating. And try new things now and then. A new kind of exercise, or a new activity. I've been totally surprised by some of the things I've discovered along the way...

    I knew I'd like lake paddling but never in a billion years expected to like white water.

    I tried horseback riding again last year with my sister and rediscovered how much I like it.

    I tried contra dancing this spring for exercise in the awkward time between XC ski season and kayaking season and found out I really like it. (and twirly skirts!) Who knew?

    I recently started playing the guitar again and I sense that the urge to resume violin/fiddle is growing.

    I've tried other things that didn't suit me so well - Zumba and hula hooping are fun but they cause my knee to pop out of joint and stiffen up. I did a half-iron "aquabike" (triathlon without the run) and found training for it boring. I've done snowboarding a bit but the places to do it are expensive and a trek and I tore my rotator cuff which took me out for a kayaking season, so I don't do it that often.

    It's been kind of freaky sometimes to discover I enjoy things I never would have expected, and it has challenged my image of who I am. So it's kind of uncomfortable sometimes, but it's also fascinating to learn new things about who I am and what I like, especially after having been on the planet for 47 years already (I thought I knew everything about myself - WRONG! LOL)

    1521 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/17/2013 10:12:41 AM
    You are doing great and you have said yourself you are happy where you are at. I think that makes what you are doing perfect. Just keep going. If you are bored, change an exercise or add something different for a while. I know you are going to maintain for life!!
    1521 days ago
    you're doing great! and you sound like me, too. i ran a half marathon last fall, and after that kept running through the fall, but when the snow hit, and i had to spend my running time with the snow blower, and then spent the rest of the winter in hawaii where it was too hot to run (that's my excuse and i'm sticking to it...), well i think i would have been in trouble except for my new toy - in december i got a fitbit. the challenge of scoring steps, running and walking, really gave me a motivation boost all year. and even though my life is too crazy to aim for any specific race or goal of that sort, every day the fitbit gives me a challenge - can i hit my 15,000 steps, or will today be a 20,000 step day? seriously, it has made a difference. and of course, the dog is another great motivator:-)

    at any rate, emoticon emoticon
    1522 days ago
    emoticon You rock
    1522 days ago
    Sometimes when you work so hard to reach a goal there is a bit of a let down once it is achieved. Your life feels a little emptier or something. Give it some time and contemplation. I have made a bucket list of things I want to accomplish, races I want to run, places I want to go, etc. They may be smaller goals, but they give some focus to your day and planning things is half the fun! Good luck on tomorrows event.

    1522 days ago
    We keep reinventing ourselves ! You will find the next thing to strive for .
    1522 days ago
    You're doing great!
    1522 days ago
    You sound like... ME... before a race day... wondering what's next. There will be time to ponder next goals. In the process do not forget to celebrate tomorrow's victory over the 5K. You ROCK!

    Oh, here's that bag of motivation you requested: emoticon emoticon
    1522 days ago
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