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Maintenance - a "new" stage?!?


Thursday, January 23, 2014

It has been a year now since I had the hernia diagnosed, and started paying attention to the calorie part of the nutrition tracker. In that time, I’ve started learning to cook, discovered a lot of fabulous new foods and flavours, and dropped about 80 lbs – a third of my body weight – going from “obese” to “healthy” on the BMI scale.

I saw the surgeon yesterday, and he tells me that he’s happy with where my weight is now, and feels sure that it doesn’t pose any risk of another hernia in future. THAT was my one and only “goal” when I started losing weight.

So – I’m declaring myself in “maintenance” on the nutrition side. My calorie ranges are set for maintaining (1350-1700), and I will be quite happy to stay the size that I am (size 8 jeans - down from size 16).

I still need to regain all of the lean muscle mass that I’ve lost over the past couple of years, but the doc wants me to take that really, really slowly --- starting with yoga and stretches, gradually adding body-weight circuits, and eventually getting back to the weights. I may end up doing some tweaking on the calories so that I don’t lose or gain too much while doing that, but for now I’m going to rely on the nutritional habits that I’ve built and put my focus on the fitness side.

When I told the Man last night that I was changing to “maintenance”, he asked me “What is going to change?”

Good question. The answer: “Really, ummm, nothing.”

I’ll still be tracking my food every day, and weighing and measuring everything, although I may let myself get a bit more lax on that with the low-calorie veggies.

I’ll still be making sure that I get in all of my tracked nutrients every day, and trying to avoid “portion creep”.

I’ll still be trying new recipes and new foods and having a lot of fun in the kitchen.

I’ll still be enjoying dinners at restaurants, and desserts from our favourite bakery, and doing my own baking --- all with moderation, and focusing on truly savouring the very best.

I’ll still eat when I’m hungry, stop when I’m satisfied, and not get my knickers in a twist if I’m having an occasional day when there’s not enough food on the planet (those seem to get balanced out by the occasional day when food isn’t interesting in the least).

Hmmm – apparently I’ve been “in maintenance” right from when I started on here! Now it’s time to have some fun with the next stage in the journey… hope all my Sparkpals will be having fun with me!

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ID_VANDAL 12/23/2014 6:06PM

    Thanks so much for sharing your story. I'm going to have to catch up with your previous blogs!

Vandal

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HONEYBEESBLISS 9/10/2014 11:08AM

    I LOVE your foodie approach!!! I became a foodie during the journey! I guess I had a hidden inner foodie that just wanted to enjoy food the whole time and didn't know it! I think it's one of the best side effects I've found and it really does support a healthy weight too!!! I love that!

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SIMONEKP 2/15/2014 6:15PM

    awesome

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NANCIER 2/9/2014 2:03PM

    Yup - totally agree with the idea that functionally not much changes between weight loss and maintenance modes. I did find that I needed to increase my daily calorie intake what seemed to me to be by a significant amount. Tweaking is now an ongoing experiment. There's also something different about not wanting the scale to change.

And I think that's kind of the crux of it. For me, its a constant experiment - finding new foods and healthy ways to prepare them, finding new ways to stay active, finding ways to stay present so that I don't slide back to bad habits.

Congrats on your fabulous success - and best wishes for your continued health!

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ANDREAG89 2/7/2014 4:36PM

    Thanks for outlining your plan. The more I read (all over this site) and the more I do to take charge of my health, the more all of this makes sense. I appreciate your detail - it will help me as I continue moving toward my goal!
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TMRGRANNY 1/26/2014 3:50PM

    First of all I had to reread part of your blog twice because when you said you that you may end up doing some tweaking, I thought you said twerking. It made me smile. Anyway what did hit home for me is that we do start maintenance on the same day that we start Sparking. By hardwiring these habits right from the start, we are preparing ourselves for those maintenance days. I am so proud of you! Great blog!

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MSHEL7 1/23/2014 6:15PM

    Sounds great to me. I think you have a good plan. Can't wait to hear about all those new recipes you will be trying. I'm so happy for you and the good news about the hernia surgery. Follow directions and all will probably be great.

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UNSWEETMAMA 1/23/2014 5:09PM

    Woohoo!

I find myself spending more days at the top of my calorie range than at the bottom of my range like I was a couple months ago. I'm still waiting to see if that bites me in the keister.

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MOM2ACAT 1/23/2014 4:47PM

    Way to go! I've been in maintenance for a few years now; it's not always easy, but I find a lot of it just sticking to the healthy lifestyle changes I made when I started with Spark.

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STEFIGURL 1/23/2014 3:59PM

    You go Girl!
So very happy for you, Sweetheart!

love,
stephi :-)

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