Is it wise to start a cupcake bakery while trying to maintain?

Thursday, May 03, 2012

So I haven't written a blog in a long time. I've been struggling with maintaining a lot. Without the excitement of "oh! i lost another pound!" eating healthy and exercising become more difficult. I'm one of those people who does best when I have a goal, something to shoot for.

It started to go sideways when I moved. We moved into a bigger apartment and my stepdaughter moved in with us. Dinner became harder to eat healthy. I used to make myself something small and really low cal, but that's kind of mean to do to a 14 year old girl who is not trying to lose weight...but I digress...

Anyway with my whole schedule changing, I lost a lot of my healthy habits. Getting out of the habit of daily exercise is the biggest mistake i've made in a long time. Then to make extra money, I decided to start a home cupcake bakery. There are always cupcakes here now. FML. Well, after eating 3 cupcakes a day for like 5 weeks, I had no doubt gained back a couple pounds. I lost some muscle. I felt like ass.

The last 3 weeks have been good. Since I decided on my flavors and recipes, the cupcakes I make now are ones I have orders for (for the most part) so I don't get to eat them :) I started exercising again. EVERY DAY. I learned that I can actually exercise with my son in the room now, instead of getting in the way like he did at 10 months, he tries to do it along with me. Seeing a 18 month old boy trying to do mountain climbers is extremely cute.

I lost the weight I had gained back. I got my muscle back. I don't feel my butt jiggle when i walk anymore (although i suspect this was more in my head than an actuality) I feel really good.

So, lesson learned. I can't go back to the way I ate before just because I met my goal weight. I need to exercise, because I'm trying to maintain a relativity low weight. I don't want to be stuck eating 1200 calories a day for the rest of my life, and exercising is the remedy for that. I also learned that I need to track my calories. I've been doing if for so long, it kind of gives me peace of mind. So I'm off to make cupcakes. Lets just hope i don't eat them all!
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    It's an important lesson to learn!
    3343 days ago
    For the record, maintenance is harder than losing, period; no cupcakes required.


    Glad you found the way back to keep within the healthy limits. You can SO do this!!
    3371 days ago
    Good job finding balance through maintaining! Hope your cupcake business goes gangbusters without becoming a gutbuster! LOL
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    3371 days ago
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    Sounds like you've turned it around! Great job!
    3371 days ago
    Nice to hear that you're back to working out. It's hard not being rewarded with weightloss. Fitness related goals help me. Races, new workouts, new runs, keeping things fresh and new and interesting.

    Your son is so cute! You are looking good! Glad you are back to tracking and feeling good. Exciting to hear about your business!

    3372 days ago
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