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!