I love the last line where you indicated that you're never really "finished" with your journey, it just transitions into a new phase. Yup! So true but I must say, it caught me by surprise.
When I entered maintenance, I was thinking... "maintenance = done". So not true. My personal reference to what is known as "maintenance" is "maintenance/lose", not just maintenance. Being in maintenance has been a real doozy on my mind. You lose, lose, lose and feel so rewarded when the scale/inches are decreasing and then when you enter maintenance, nothing. On top of all that... after getting so use to seeing the scale go down, down, down, you start to see it go up again. "What the heck is going on here" is what I thought. Even though I read that in maintenenance, it's common for the scale to bounce up and down by a couple of pounds, to reach maintenance and then experience this is no fun. But... it's just how our bodies function. However, it really takes some getting use to. I'm learning how to not panic.
I know my comment is long but there is one other thing I must mention that no one talks about regarding maintenance. I call it "maintenance plateau". Hello! I really did not expect it at all. Okay, so I'm up by 2.4 pounds and trying to get it off but the scale hasn't moved in 3 weeks and I've actually been exercising a little more than the norm and eating within my old "lose weight range". I think I've lost the 2 pounds gained but the problem is that I'm experiencing "maintenance plateau". Yea - another thing that is no fun. However, the biggest thing is that I am getting use the new world of maintenance and all that comes along with it.
Knowlege is power!
I'm gaining knowledge and the power to succeed through the various maintenance challenges. Woo-Hoo!
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