Saturday, May 03, 2014
A while ago, I set one of my goals here on SP as ďMaintain to May 3, 2014, my one year maintenance anniversaryĒ. Every day that message scrolled across the goal board on my SP start page and I used it (among lots of other motivations) to focus on making it through THAT DAY still at GW. For me, itís a daily thing so Iím thrilled that my anniversary day has arrived and Iím still here.
Itís hard to believe that a few years ago, I felt so depressed that honestly a few days I didnít bother getting up. It was becoming a struggle to find motivation to do anything. I was middle-aged, entering menopause, at my highest weight and at my lowest level of fitness ever in my life. And it was getting worse. At some point, not sure how, I finally decided I had to do something before it was too late. I visited the community here and now log in almost every day. My current login streak is at 259 days so that should tell you how important all you SparkFriends and this community are to me!
It really was small steps and it took awhile with great support all the way. I guess itís better than any quick fix since the healthy changes have become my routine now. It was gradual but now I have energy to spare and my family is so happy to have the Ďold meí back. People are always telling me I look great (OK I admit I really love that). Certainly far from perfect, but Iím happy with myself, extra-skin and all. Battle scars.
But I know from statistics Iíve read that a scary amount of people will regain some of what they were able to lose (if not all & more). Facts listed on the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team page:
- The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%.
- When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*.
- When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*.
So the longer Iím able to KEEP it off, the better my odds get. Iíve never been much of a gambler and I really am afraid to go back to where I was a few years back. I canít let up or slack off because I donít have much room for error.
Some other hard cold facts---not only am I in my mid-fifties, but Iím also on the short side. My recommended daily calorie range to maintain is 1320 calories a day if Iím not active. And as I continue to age, thatís going to get even lower. 1320 is really not a lot when you consider in some restaurants, the ďlow-calĒ meal choice on the menu would put me over for that day. Another fact is that I love food and love to cook & eat (which is what got me into trouble in the first place). I live in a house with 3 adult males who arenít trying to lose, and they eat some foods that I should try to avoid. Also they can eat quantities of food that I will never be able to. But at least with exercise, I have a more reasonable calorie range and by searching for healthier foods that still taste good, I think Iíve reached a place where I donít feel deprived. I just need to suck it up that itís going to take as much work to stay here as it took me to get here.
Basically, doing all the *RIGHT* stuff just about all the time. I will fall down a lot and there will be those bad days, but I am going to try REALLY HARD to make sure those are the exceptions and not the rule. And otherwise, donít beat myself up. Iím in this for the long run, and today I set my new goal--ďMaintain to May 3, 2015, my 2 year maintenance anniversary. ď