Wednesday, September 04, 2013
I have been steadily maintaing the weight that I lost last fall/winter through the Spring and Summer. That is GREAT! I am happy that I have been able to keep decent habits to keep my weight off. However, I think it has been easy with it being summer!
Summer means getting outside to garden or walk (exercise is "easy"). Fresh garden veggies are right outside my door and in abundance at the farmer market. However, winter is coming and while I have been eating well and staying active there are other health habits that I have ignored.
First, I would say that my strength training is WAY down. I was feeling stronger when the exercise I did included weights and push-ups and the like. I don't know about you, while I like to think that carrying a bag of mulch counts as strength training...it really isn't consistent enough to call "training!"
In a way, I think having the "summer break" to maintain the weight was good for me. It allowed me to feel good about the weight I had lost and maintain it without being so down about a "bad day." It felt like a short-term experiment for maintenance.
However, seeing the school buses back on the roads reminds me that "school's out for summer" can no longer be my mantra ;). I really still have another 13-15 pounds to go for my overall goal of weight loss. I have been thinking about it and I think I feel good that I was able to lose 12 lbs last year and that I can focus on 10-15 lbs for this year.
This works for me. I feel good knowing that, this fall, my starting point is better than before. It really isn't a "re-start" but a continuation of my journey. I lost 10 lbs, maintained that loss, and am ready to lose some more!