The "What Ifs"

Thursday, August 07, 2008

What if I reach my goal weight and then gain it all back over Thanksgiving and Christmas?

What if I reach my goal weight and can't maintain it without constant vigilance?

I know I'm getting ahead of myself since I'm not even there yet, but these are some of the thoughts going through my head right now...

I just don't know what to expect in the maintenance phase. I guess part of me is hoping that it will all of a sudden become easy - that once I've lost the weight I won't have to work so hard. But I know that's not true. I will still have to work out consistently and I will still have to watch what I eat.

I set out to change my lifestyle. As I begin to understand what that actually entails, I'm feeling a little bit overwhelmed. This isn't just something I have to struggle through for the next few months. This is something that I will continue to do for the rest of my life.

But I don't want to spend the rest of my life counting calories and exercise minutes. I need to figure out a way to truly incorporate this into my everyday life with feeling like I've sacrificed too much.
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