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Six Months of Sailing Through Bumpy Maintenance

Monday, September 30, 2013

Well, today is the day! Six months have passed since Easter Sunday, March 31 on which I arrived at my weight goal of 173, having lost 50 pounds. The graph of my weigh-ins show that it has not been smooth sailing since then but rather a bit of a bumpy ride. One "wave" in particular shot me back up above 173 for a few days. Yikes! In fear of regaining and determined to beat the odds, i.e. the statistics which show that most people regain most or all of the weight after dieting, I set a strict goal for myself. I decided to go for 168 (55 pounds lost), that way I could keep my weight below 170, and then I decided to go even further and make 166 my target weight to give me a little "wiggle" room below 168. In other words I intend to keep the 55 pounds off permanently and so I want to stay in the 165-168 range. This morning I weighted in at 168 (let me say "drat" softly even though this is five pounds below my initial maintenance weight because I had wanted to be at my 166 - ideal, perfect weight for this six month anniversary). It may seem silly and overly self-critical but these little "soft drats" keep me focused and working to keep my "boat" steady on this bumpy lake of maintenance. I continue to weight myself daily and track my food and exercise most days to keep motivated. Spark friends are as important as ever - thanks everyone!!! However, looking at the big picture, how wonderful it is to be "in range" on this anniversary. I continue to be determined to hold this "boat" on the maintenance lake for another year and a half at which point statistically, I have a better statistical chance of staying fit for the rest of my life. I hope I can learn during the next six months how to smooth out the sailing and keep my weight within range more consistently. So I will celebrate today with healthy food from the garden and a good workout at the gym.

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GODS_TEMPLE 10/2/2013 12:41AM

    emoticon on your 6 months of maintenance! With your determination, you'll be 'sailing' along smoothly on that lake before too long... emoticon

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FEMISLIM 10/1/2013 8:49PM

    Great going!!

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PITDDRAGON 10/1/2013 11:15AM

    First, the term "soft drat" is great.

Secondly, I think those are the kinds of thoughts that keep you motivated. But try not to overthink the scale. More important is your nutrition and well-being.

Congratulations on six months!

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KING_SLAYER 9/30/2013 3:18PM

    Grats on the 6 months of maintenance. I think having those "soft drats" is a good tactic to help you stay on task. It's better than saying "oh well" and beginning to slip up!

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HEALTHIERKEN 9/30/2013 1:10PM

    Way to go, Russell! Bumpy maintenance is still maintenance and that's all good!

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AUNTB63 9/30/2013 11:46AM

    First of all...congrats on maintaining your weight loss for six small feat in this day an age. Kudos to you for celebrating with healthy foods and a visit to the gym. Couldn't think of anything better to do. Hope you have smooth sailing to beat the stats on permanent weight loss.

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TAICHIDANCER 9/30/2013 11:24AM

    Congratulations on six months of maintenance. Those bumps are small when you think about the health benefits of having lost over 50 pounds and having kept it off. Best of luck in the future.

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