Maintenance is a Balancing Act
Friday, February 15, 2013
In the past week, I've finally managed to get off the 1 lb. over my goal which hung on after I had lost 3 lbs. I had put on a few weeks ago. As I tried to find out why this pesky little one pound would not go, I realized that my calories in and calories out were not in balance. Usually I keep my calorie intake down in the 1200-1500 range and do yoga, Jazzercise, walking and Chair Dancing to use up the calories. However, the weather has cut both my walking and my Jazzercise back. Example: When it snows and schools are cancelled, Jazzercise is cancelled, too. Snow and ice make it dangerous to go for a walk, so all my exercise has to be indoors.
My extra pound wouldn't leave until I got the food and exercise back in balance. So I made some minor changes in my eating habits and my exercise habits. My husband and I had gotten into the habit of having dessert after lunch each day and a snack in the evening while we watched TV. I told him I wasn't having any dessert or any snack in the evening until I lost my extra pound. He thought it was such a good idea, he joined me. Also, I substituted working out on the cross-trainer in the exercise room for my outdoor walk. Those little changes made a big difference and the extra weight came right off. It was a revelation to me of how small changes can either throw us off balance in our maintenance journey or put us back into balance. I intend to pay more attention to "keeping my balance."