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Maintenance is a Balancing Act

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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."
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    WooHoo!!! Great job!! I have 3 pounds that just won't go. I think I'll do what you did and revamp the ins and outs! :D Thank you so much for your motivational blog! :D
    1492 days ago
    Very inspiring~* emoticon
    2214 days ago
    Very inspiring~* emoticon
    2214 days ago
  • WENDYW596
    I sure understand! I hover just over and under my goal, finally last week I joined Spark People, and have been tracking on both my etools and sparks. Reading all the members posts all week, I do believe, I am gong to make that 5 lb goal I have been striving for for 5 years. Maintaining, I finally realize is a one day at a time lifetime event. Gold bless
    2230 days ago
    It truly is a balancing act, and we are the major players. Thanks.
    2234 days ago
    Great work, it is a beautiful thing to be in tune with our bodies! Your husband is awesome for making the change too!
    2234 days ago
    Wow, you are so inspiring! emoticon
    2235 days ago
    Congratulations on your success! I chose your blog to look at from the list of motivational members because your picture is so beautiful in your warrior pose! I am a new member here and am so inspired by what I have seen so far. I have maintained for 9 months now but am ready to lose my final 10 lbs. The food and exercise trackers are just what I needed to do this! Thanks for blogging! You look great!
    2236 days ago
    Way to go!
    I also noticed that cutting back on extra snacks/dessert makes a big difference in my calorie intake. An easy way to cut back.

    It was great to hear from your maintenance experience, it's inspiring!

    And congrats being in the spotlight!
    2236 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/4/2013 9:14:35 AM
    You're living the lifestyle!!! emoticon Those little adjustments do make a huge difference, as you know!!!! It's great that your husband is making healthy choices right along with you! Keep it up!!
    2237 days ago
    Thanks for the inspiration
    2238 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Way to substitute! Its been the coldest, longest winter I have suffered through in a long time, far too cold to go out for long, unable to make it to my fitness classes for lack of transport (too cold and too much snow for my scooter), so I had to turn to indoor exercise -lots of DVD's, but what really motivated me was the Zumba Exhilarate DVD's they got me into indoor exercising again, easing the transition from being able to enjoy my live classes. Careful tracking does make the difference!
    Way to maintain!!! You are looking fabulous!!!
    Keep up the great work!!
    2239 days ago
    Ah "balance"!! It's everything in life. You know this because anyone who "Keeps on,keepin on" knows these things ; )
    Loved the blog and thanks for the calorie & exercise thoughts. I'll put it to use Peg!
    Between late Nov into now is a bit tough but we'll pull each other through.
    Thanks for sharing emoticon
    2239 days ago
  • MY1FAN
    Well said and congrats on maintaining. I'm working on keeping my balance. The little things do count.
    2239 days ago
  • HHB4181
    Well Said! emoticon
    2239 days ago
    "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."

    Love that quote from your blog! The little changes make so much difference! That's why SparkGuy encourages people to start with just a few small changes at a time.
    2239 days ago
    GOOD for you! When we get near our goal it is so easy to relax our diets a little and makes losing those last pounds so difficult. But you did it! You give me hope!
    2240 days ago
    You are so right about being in balance. I also am not losing any weight now. I think it is because I need to exercise a little more and eat a little less. Thank you for sharing and reminding me about this emoticon . Best wishes, Linda from bean town
    2240 days ago
  • MARTY728
    2240 days ago
    What good advice! Keep up the good work!
    2240 days ago
  • -RUBIES-
    Way to go! Thanks for the reminder that what we eat matters. We all know it, but, sometimes we forget that an extra 1/2 cup of this or another small slice of that makes a difference.

    I'm happy you kicked that 1 pound away! Atta girl!
    2240 days ago
    Good for you, thanks for blogging , reminding me that a little extra dessert may need to be stopped for a while. That is why maintaining is so important, so you can stay on top of it! emoticon emoticon
    2240 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Good job of finding something that worked to get off that last pound. It is the little things
    that often affect us and can cause pounds to creep up!

    Great job of maintaining and staying healthy. Maintenance is work!

    2240 days ago
    Thanks for sharing! I so get it! Maintaining takes diligence and work as well.
    Have a terrific day!
    2240 days ago
    Inspiring blog with great advice! I absolutely love your profile picture!
    2240 days ago
  • MOMMY445
    i agree. little changes do make a huge difference! have a wonderful day!
    2240 days ago
    Excellent blog! Small changes are crucial in monitoring maintenance. And I like your realistic assessment of the calorie range you can eat and maintain: same for me.
    2240 days ago
    Very good job! Good to recognize the problem. (It would be so easy to say it's only one pound!) Good to develop a plan. Good to carry out that plan and even convince your husband to participate. Good to lose that pound and to write up your experience so clearly and convincingly. Yes, we can do this!! We can balance!! Thanks for sharing your success!!
    2240 days ago
    emoticon Congratulations on Releasing that Pesky Pound. I think Maintenance truly is a Balancing Act, and it may take the rest of our lives to figure it out!
    2241 days ago
  • POPSY190
    Yes, maintenance is difficult. It's like being in that "lose the last 5lb" mode permanently! I'm having to drive for 4 weeks because my husband isn't allowed to for that time and even though I still try to eat and exercise correctly I'm noticing a fair bit of kilo creep!
    2241 days ago
    I haven't been able to balance for my entire, activities, work, sleep, socially etc etc etc. What Spark People has taught me (and still does) is so much more than just about food (and fitness). It is a way of life that I have struggled with forever. The food and my weight is just a symptom. Thanks for being such a shining example of persistence and success from pursuing that balance.
    2241 days ago
    Yes, it's very subtle changes indeed which can make or break this maintenance thing.
    Good work getting it back in check.
    2241 days ago
    Good work!! I'm struggling to get back to goal weight and I totally respect your control. Thanks for sharing.
    2241 days ago
    I will go into maintenance after the 5% challenge--I'll either lose the rest or decide that this is where I am to be! Thanks for the tips!
    2241 days ago
    Wow! Such great and careful work. And what success! Congratulations on all you have accomplished. And it seems like you have brought your husband along too!
    2241 days ago
    Right you are! Little changes DO make a difference, and we can modify our routines when circumstances break our usual habits. Life is about making adjustments, not just being controlled by outside forces! We Always Have a Choice!
    2241 days ago
    Congratulations on watching every pound. Each and every one of them makes a difference to a former yoyoer.

    You look FABULOUS!


    2241 days ago
    Hello from the leg press machine at the gym! Way to go adjusting and inspiring your husband! You are a great example of what maintenance is all about!

    2241 days ago
    You are a great example of taking the proper steps to fix what's bothering you! Well done!
    2241 days ago
    Yes, maintenance is not steady state. I've lost count of how many times I've had to adjust my calorie range to maintain my weight, and I've only been maintaining a bit over a year. The scale moves one direction, the food intake needs to move the other direction. Sometimes I can tell what changed that requires a dietary adjustment, sometimes I can't; but adjustments are necessary from time to time.
    2241 days ago
    Sounds good to me !! I know why I gain a few pounds, the extra calories.
    I think maintenance is harder than losing the weight in the first place.
    Keep up the good work. emoticon
    2253 days ago
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