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Getting my head ready for maintenance

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Losing weight and getting fit has not been easy or quick, but it has definitely been worth all the effort and sweat. But what comes next? I have read that only about 5% of people who lose weight keep it off. Those aren't very good odds. So, what can I do to prepare myself for weight maintenance?

Well, I have been researching what I need to do, and reading blogs from successful maintainers. I figure that is a start. I have committed myself to this lifestyle change for the long haul, which is another component of the equation. I have set my mind to staying active and eating healthy just as a matter of habit. I have gotten out of the habit of eating dessert, except on special occasions.

I have been on a weight plateau for about a month now, but instead of getting frustrated I am thinking of it as practice for maintenance. I have already lost 145 pounds, and only need to lose about 15 pounds more, so I figure I am doing pretty well, even if the scale isn't moving. (Besides my body fat percentage is dropping, which makes me happier than having my weight drop.) I really want to get to 160 pounds, because then I will have lost 50% of my starting weight, which I think is a great marker.

But back to maintenance... I think I will continue to push forward with my fitness successes to keep myself motivated. I will run my first 5k this Spring, and if that goes well, I think I want to push farther on the distances I run. A 10k or even a half marathon seem like good goals to start thinking about. Also kayaking will start again in a couple of months (well, maybe 3 months, lol), and I am well on my way toward building upper body strength for that. I want to focus on endurance paddles this summer. I was doing 20+ mile paddles by the end of last summer, but I still couldn't load the kayak onto the car by myself. So that is the other part of my goal... to be able to load and unload the kayak by myself.

These fitness goals are keeping me motivated now, and I expect they will keep me motivated even after I finally reach my goal weight and declare myself "in maintenance". I am not fooling myself that this will be easy. I expect it will be just as difficult, if not more difficult, than losing the weight to begin with. But I expect that, just ;like losing the weight, it will be worth the effort.
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    1901 days ago
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    1902 days ago
    You have an awesome plan! You are going to rock maintenance! I'm so happy that you have found exercise/activities you love and that can still challenge you. emoticon
    1902 days ago
    emoticon Love your PMA & the level way you have of looking at things & I so want to be like you when I grow up lol but until then I look to you for inspiration & wish you the very best of luck for achieving all the goals you set yourself!

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    1902 days ago
    1902 days ago
    You are on the right track... maintenance is really just more of the same!

    1902 days ago
    great idea to be thinking about maintenance now - with a plan, you can do it! this is a way of life, not just a way of losing, and one of the best things about SP is the support for maintainers, too - not just when you are losing, but how to stay that way! emoticon
    1902 days ago
    I think you're definitely headed in the right direction. I've found keeping up my motivation levels to be one of the hardest parts of maintenance. I know what I need to do to keep things on an even keel, but continuing to find new sources of inspiration to keep on doing them is another thing. Staying involved here and learning from the experiences of other successful maintainers has been a huge help for me. I felt a bit lost when I first reached goal, but thankfully I found the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team. What I've learned there has given me focus, kept me engaged in the process and motivated me to keep up my healthy lifestyle. Keep at it and you'll be a five percenter too!
    1902 days ago
    You're doing good. Don't give up.
    1903 days ago
    Sounds like a plan.
    1903 days ago
    You are doing extremely well, and I don't think you will have much trouble with the maintenance part if you stay active!

    1903 days ago
    "...my body fat percentage is dropping, which makes me happier than having my weight drop". BINGO! I stopped dropping weight two years ago this month. I never did a "I'm going to transition", I just kept doing what I was doing. Lots of cardio over that time and I was on a plateau I could live with. A few months ago I swapped about 25% of my cardio minutes for strength training. I'm still the same weight but my body fat percentage dropped from 17% to 14.6% (I started at 35%). So, yeah, we're both stronger, leaner and healthier at the same "maintenance" weight and we're both happier for it! That weight loss for you is a beautiful thing. You know how you got there. It's not diet and exercise, it's lifestyle. Just keep doing what you've been doing.
    1903 days ago
    Can you afford one of those gizmos that attach to the roof of your car and it lifts your kayak up there?

    This blog talks about some boat loaders:
    1903 days ago
    Wow. You are truly a hero. You can beat the odds. Your goals are well thought out and it sounds like you diet changes constitute a true life style change. You may be able to break your plateau by eating a higher calorie meal. Sometimes a little splurge is just what you need. Good luck. You can do it!
    1903 days ago
    Congratulations on your success! I think that it is a good idea to be prepared for what lies ahead. It sure can't hurt anything!
    1903 days ago

    I am really excited that the time has come to think about maintenance for you. You work so hard and inspire me to do a little every day. I know you stared so small and now you WOW me daily. I believe you are going into the maintenance stage with the right attitude. I expect that you and I , and many others will battle our weight all our lives. It makes sense to expect it and prepare. I am sure that you WILL keep your weight off because of your attitude. You've come a long way baby!!!

    1903 days ago
    You are an inspiration. I know you will be successful!!
    1903 days ago
    If you want to jump start a weight loss, just cut out the dairy for a week. You should see a change on the scale. You've made great progress. Expect that you'll also succeed when you are in maintenance mode. :)

    1903 days ago
    Only 15lbs to go! Great news!
    1903 days ago
    Great attitude! You WILL beat the odds with that way of thinking. I'm in the early stages of maintenance (just passed the 6-month mark), and it is not easy but totally worth it. Realizing that we have to do this *for life* and not just to lose weight is one of the big keys to maintenance, I'm convinced. Way to go!
    1903 days ago
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