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Messages from My MP3 Player: Weight Loss vs. Maintenance

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

I know the drill. Been there, done that WAY too many times. Got it down to a science. Been back to basics and doing what I know *WORKS* for me this past week:

Daily Cardio: minimum of 35 mins. on treadmill every day (throw more on the fire if I wake up earlier...lol!), ideally 1st thing in the morning...which I did every day but one and made up for that later in the evening.

Daily tracking of my food: Nailed that too! Noticing my carb intake has been nice & low...about half of what SP recommends, which is what I *know* works for me!

Strength training? A bit slippery on that, have done 2 sessions, want to lock in on 3 per week.

Thing about all this is, while I can pat myself on the back for knowing what works and succeeding in being "on track," I could've avoided a whole lot of grief and drama by avoiding the backslide in the first place.

I am hoping to reconcile myself to accepting that I will always, ALWAYS, *ALWAYS* need to track my food. I believe that will be essential to maintaining a weight which is "good enough" for me.

But I know there is more to it that this. There is a certain mind set or psychology involved when it comes to maintaining. I know that I'm hooked on the weight loss mind set...can rev myself up and coach myself along quite nicely when it comes to LOSING the weight. In fact I'll go so far as to conjecture that I'm a bit "addicted" to this mentality which may be one of the sneaky, underhanded motivations behind my backslides: it's easier to whoop myself up into weight loss mode than it is to be just as enthusiastic about maintaining.

Let me share and give a shout out to one of SparkPeople's BEST crusaders of maintenance: 4A-HEALTHY-BMI! Check out her blog, Rockstars of Maintenance:


In the meantime my excitement is ramping up for the days ahead: For the next week we will have PLENTY of sunshine with temps in the 60s & 70s...who knows, maybe even 80s!

Our bike club has what promises to be a WONDERFUL ride on Saturday (44 miles) on which I'm hoping to piggy-back another bunch of miles up to around 60 miles and 3,500 feet of climb...oof! Will love every minute of it! :-)

Here's the projected ride:


Hope all us local Binghamton Area Losers are out there en masse soaking up the rays and SPARKING it up BIGTIME!


ps...oh, my mp3 message? Last shuffled track while on the treadmill this morning:


pps...thanks & shout out to REYVE01 for this wonderful graphic!

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    Oh, I so understand that - it seems I need challenges and new things all the time and that can be frustrating and very counter-productive when it comes to maintaining. Good insights - we CAN do this thing!
    2417 days ago
    good for you for identifying what you need to do to meet your goals. that makes all the rest possible!

    just getting back into things; it'll take me a while to catch up!
    2417 days ago
    Keep up the great work! I wish I could do a long bike ride like that! Hopefully one day! I'm back to the basics myself! Walking in the morning, then hitting the stationary bike! I guess its just always going to be something we will always have to work on! I heard someone say the easiest part is losing the weight, the hardest part is keeping it off! And that statement is very true!
    2417 days ago
    You keep up the good work. Enjoy the nice weather. We are starting to have rain & snow here. Thep was only 49.

    PS Love the back ground picture
    2419 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/5/2011 8:04:00 PM
  • L*I*T*A*
    love it.....
    great share....
    blessings and hugs....lita
    2419 days ago
    Loved the pic... sums it nicely. Good job on getting back to basics, I too have come to the resolve that this is going to be a lifelong process - tracking food. We know what works, and are we willing to stand fast? Yep, you betcha.
    2419 days ago
  • JLITT62
    See now, I can maintain pretty good, the whole losing thing seems to escape me . . . we've all got our crosses to bear, I suppose.

    Great job getting back to basics!
    2419 days ago
    It is suppose to be nice here too so i get to ride as well. Makes up for the cold wet spring we had.

    Love the picture!
    2419 days ago
    Preach it Brother!! I'm talking maintainance....You're talkin to the girl who ate two small containers of Hagandaz this week!!
    Not really a good way to deal with stress. Dealt with stress better this week. Walked 3 3/4 miles this morning!!
    I loved the Video with "The Long Way Home!" LOOOOOL!! Smilin' here! Ltr,P.
    2419 days ago
    Great post, Don! There is definitely a different mind set to maintaining over losing! The rewards are not as tangible when you are maintaining which doesn't help, either. I'm glad to be back to it though I'm older and slower than you. emoticon

    I sometimes wish we lived somewhere that I could ride a bike regularly like I did before we moved out to the sticks. A bike on a narrow, hilly, gravel road is just not all that. emoticon

    Best wishes!
    2420 days ago
    Thanks for passing on BMI's blog. Hadn't passed my radar. SUCH IMPORTANT DATA!!!

    And your blog ROCKS as well, as usual. Love "The Long Way Home" and the graphic is awesome!

    Enjoy the rides!!!
    2420 days ago
    Thanx for the shout.

    Love the graphic. :-)

    And whoa man. Are you the same guy who once upon a time long long ago told me that tracking food was just not for you? LOL

    We'll get you into those clip-in bike shoes, yet... hahahaha

    P.S. I've been thinking of riding something big-ish on Saturday. Depending on how I feel after my biopsy on Friday I might just come down there and join you! Send me details, please? (Where to meet & when.)
    2420 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/5/2011 9:45:47 AM
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