As I round up on my third year maintaining anniversary in January I am fifteen pounds above my goal weight. I continue to believe I am maintaining. It is a little regression, it sucks that my pants don't fit but it's not a complete regression.
The lesson I'm taking away from 2013 is that work is the biggest roadblock in my life to maintaining my physical and mental wellbeing. I've been working five parttime jobs, 40+ hours a week. I've increased my income by 1.5% over last year and I'm really good at my jobs but I'm exhausted all the time. I don't have the energy resources to work 40+ hours a week, cook dinner each day, clean, take care of the pets, run errands, and workout regularly.
In fact, I learned that on the days I did fit in a workout I would not have enough willpower left over to complete my work. Maybe some people can just determine the work isn't worth it but it is an obligation I have promised to complete. I also like to pay rent regularly, it's a responsibility thing.
It comes down to a matter of willpower. It is for me an exhaustible resource. Studies show perhaps willpower is something that's all in my head. www.livescience.com/3898
That may be true, but I believe in it. And come 9, 10, 11 at night (every weeknight) when I still have work to complete for the day and my willpower is gone, I will replenish it as necessary with glucose. www.scienceandreligionto
Which is why come 9, 10, 11 at night when I don't want to be working I'm going to stress eat.
Ultimately this is why I'm not surprised that I can't maintain a workout schedule on top of 40+ hours of work a week, daily cooking, nutrition tracking, cleaning the house, as well as completing necessary errands or appointments. This is why I'm not surprised to be up 15 pounds, although I am surprised I haven't gained more.
I do have a brief break from four of my jobs right now, which I will be taking advantage of. For Christmas I gifted myself with a Precision Dance Pad and set up StepMania with plenty of my favorite Jpop and Kpop songs. I am easing back into workouts that will fit into my schedule and not completely exhaust my willpower. I'm also getting back to tracking my food on SP after I've already eaten, much the same as I did when I was just starting out.
I'm also going to be working less in the Spring. I want to earn a comfortable income, but I also want to maintain my physical and mental wellbeing as a priority. I can best do that when I have less work going on, no matter how much I like the work. I have to draw this line even though I don't want to.
All in all I'm maintaining, even one to two pant sizes up, and that's not too shabby. Now pardon me, I could sit on my butt fiddling around on the internet but I'd rather be on my feet playing StepMania.