Tuesday, August 27, 2013
At 155 pounds (even though my doctor's office says 160, I'm still using the number my bathroom scale says for the time being), I am 10 pounds away from hitting goal and shifting to maintenance. Scary, exciting, empowering, all these emotions are fluttering like butterflies in my stomach.
One of the things that has been most important to me is maintaining. It does me no good to lose over 110 pounds if I am just going back to my old eating habits and regaining. I will have learned absolutely nothing.
(Oddly enough, after people see how much weight I've lost and congratulate me, they somehow ask about how I plan to maintain it. Interesting how that conversation goes.)
So I'd like to take these blog posts and kinda refresh myself over the things I'll be doing to change my life long term. Things like:
1. Planning my meals
3. Smaller meals
4. Healthier food choices
6. Portion control
7. Listening to my body
I may have lost the weight thanks to Take Shape for Life and Medifast meal replacements, but my goal isn't just to dump weight and look sexy in a skimpy dress. It's health and lifelong health. It's loving my body as it is. It's listening to what my body is telling me and not just indulging in some food because it "feels good" (but will make me feel horrible later - as my previous blog post discusses!). And it's taking care of the body I have so I can enjoy my life to the fullest.
So please, join me as I get ready for Maintenance! Feel free to post your own tips and suggestions - and if you have healthy recipes, PLEASE send them my way!! Because I'm a TERRIBLE cook and healthy recipes are going to help me through those first few weeks!