Well, yesterday, I was greeted with a number I haven't seen in 2 years.... 129 lbs.
The last time I was there, I was exiting a maintenance overhaul (tracking nutrition & fitness to get back on track) and it was my littlest sister's wedding and I will openly admit it...I was stressed, but actually eating and drinking (wine) a lot, but the number appeared and I even went down to 127..but to maintain that was very short lived.
I don't consider myself even wanting to be in the 120s for maintenance for personal reasons - like I like the way I look now really. It is livable...it is maintainable.
So here comes this new number...and how I did it came about this time. Well, from my last year and my last 6 months with 2 to 3 jobs and stress...attached to a more sedentary position at a desk...I was maintaining things just fine. I missed moving though, I will admit that. Exercise? What exercise! Eating was a sandwich in the middle of the day and some nuts to supplement when I got those hunger pangs mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
Today, with the new 9-5 job....I don't stop moving....ever, it seems. And to control stress levels, I eat well in the morning - a hearty 7-grain hot cereal after my coffee....and then I have a snack (brazil nuts or almonds) when I feel some hunger coming on in the afternoon....and when I get to eat lunch (usually at my desk and working) it is just a simple turkey or ham on a kaiser roll with some celery, pineapple, or pringles (yes, healthy indeed! A treat really).... and dinner is dinner when I get home. So yes, my calorie intake is the same as before I started the job, but different when it comes to the main boring foods I eat....I switched out an old boring for a new more nutritious boring.
Maintenance is boring...I think I have said that before.
But THIS new number on the scale was NOT what I was looking for OR anticipating.
I think I might be the only person on Sparkpeople right now who is complaining about going DOWN on the scale!
Oh, the irony!
What changed to have this occur:
more movement - that is for sure
introduced a true whole grain breakfast daily - keeps cortisol levels at bay (stress hormone) from spiking... plus feel full longer, extra fiber, omega-3 fatty acids... all good stuff.
finally happy in my workplace (despite the stress of a high learning curve)
the kids & hubby are happy with the new schedule - it is working better - which mean I am
But with all of that - there are things that need improving:
are lacking...as a family we need to refocus
vitamins and minerals therefore are lacking in me....and I feel it. I took a vitamin mid week and felt immediately better, but I would truly rather get my vitamins and minerals from vegetables...have to re-prioritize my intake here and eat some more during lunch if I can
for lunch break - my half hour...I have to change how I eat lunch....might have to leave the building for a little to refresh/recharge. I am entitled. I should take it.
As you can see..I am constantly re-evaluating everything - it's part of the maintenance game, and it's part of my health coaching curriculum. I encourage everyone to re-eval themselves every month.
With that said and done...this week brought me to wear a belt again on some brand new petite pants I just bought....I looked like I was wearing diapers without it.
Ironic because on Jan3rd I bought all new pants - one was a petite 8, another petite 6...a regular 6 too long, but I will hem...and a khaki petite 8 that looks dirty the minute I enter my work area. Note to self: don't buy pants ever again after the new year b/c you probably won't be that size a few weeks later after all the holiday bloat goes away!!!