Thoughts on Maintenance

Thursday, August 14, 2008

I'm still a few pounds away from my goal weight, but I'm trying to get mentally prepared for the transition into maintenance. I've been reading articles and thinking about the best strategy to enter this phase.

What I've come to realize is that my habits can't change significantly. I will be able to eat a little more (about 200-300 calories more per day) and exercise a little less.

Two hundred calories is not a lot. It's a snack. It's a slightly larger portion at dinner. It's a small indulgence. So basically, I will have to continue my current eating habits, but I'll have more wiggle room. I need to be careful not to think that I can eat whatever I want (french fries and pizza!) once I reach my goal weight. I will still need to limit these foods to small amounts on rare occasions.

The exercise part is tricky. I know myself pretty well, and I know that if I don't continue to exercise consistently, I will fall of the wagon. Hard. I need the exercise to keep my eating in check. I won't have to work quite as hard in the gym, but I will still need to go 5 times a week. I think that will be my biggest challenge. It's easy to exercise when I see direct results, but will my motivation go away when I am no longer trying to beat the scale? I plan to focus more on building muscle. Hopefully that will be enough motivation to keep going.

Meanwhile, I'm still working on keeping a positive attitude so that I'm ready to face this challenge when I get there.
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  • RENA1965
    I have been doing maintenance for over a year now, the best thing to do is weigh-in quickly each morning just to check where your fasting weight is at - this means weight in on a empty stomach before breakfast and efter your toilet visit..
    If my weight ain't where I want it, I wait with the extras and if I am under I eat a little more. I also make a small list of stuff my body reacts violently over and stuff that can be used more regularly.. If I have to wait I just eat my regular core food and the weight usually disappears again fast..
    I try not to eat too much bread or extra meat in the evenings as the body is gearing down. Just go to it like you wrote quietly and don't panic if you put on abit, just up the exercise it is like the scales of justice a juggling act of the finest type..

    3902 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/14/2008 1:22:16 PM
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