Saturday, September 07, 2013
Sometimes I wonder how long I can keep up with myself. How long will I be able to keep up my current physical activity? How long will I be able to continue with healthy eating and meal planning? Will I be able to keep up with this maintenance life-style as my girls start school, get older, and I continue working more hours?
The fact is that I like my new healthy life-style and I use my free time to keep up with it. So, when my free time begins to dwindle, I wonder if I can stay with my maintenance. I know we all struggle with this worry at different times and in different ways. And I do not dwell on these questions for long. The only reason these worries are rearing their heads is because school starts on Monday for my girls. This means I will be working more hours. The transition takes time to get used to again.
Instead of watching television at night, I review new recipes to make for dinner or prepare my breakfast for the morning. Instead of grabbing a quick bite to eat at a local deli to save time, I come home and make myself lunch. Sometimes I even make my microwave flaxseed muffin for a snack after the gym. When I am at my best, I plan my meals for the next day tracking all of my food. I like doing these activities to stay healthy and keep my family healthy. I want to keep reading recipes and shopping for ingredients. I love exercising at the gym and I want to keep challenging myself to reach new levels of fitness activity.
I do not want to worry about the fact that I need to maintain for two years before the percentage of long-term success is on my side. I do not want to worry that when life takes over and my free time is limited that I will let my eating habits slack. I want to maintain my mental strength that I have right now, so that I do not get into a maintenance "funk." I am afraid of this "funk" because I have set high standards for myself. If I cannot keep up with myself then how do I maintain?
These are some of my thoughts as I approach 5 months of maintenance. I know living a healthy life-style does not mean perfection, but sometimes it is difficult to remember this point.