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Beginning Year Two of Maintenance

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

-On to year two of maintenance!! How excited am I about hitting that one year milestone?? More than I could have ever imagined! I think it’s super fun that my maintenance anniversary comes at time of year when I get my tax refund back, so it’s not a burden to reward myself nicely :)
-Last year, when I reached my goal, I gave myself a Pandora bracelet with a gold star charm--then added one with a key when I got my key charm for becoming a Lifetime member at Weight Watchers. I’ve been looking forward to giving myself the next star charm for my bracelet since then...and I am now waiting for it to arrive from my Amazon account!
-I have to say that rewards are so important to a maintenance journey--just like they are during the loss phase. They don’t have to be elaborate or expensive, but they can really help to keep you focused and motivated to reach your goals/maintain them. Some of my rewards have been things like jewelry...I do like the bling--but I don’t have expensive taste generally, so it’s not a huge expense. I recently got myself a digital food scale to celebrate my eleventh month of maintenance. I make a trip to Goodwill to refresh my wardrobe about once a month too-after I weed out some things from my closet that I’ve not worn in a while--am bored with--whatever, and I take them with me to donate. It makes me feel good to give back too, and the prices at Goodwill make it sos easy to have some fun -new- things :) without overspending.
-Another thing I give myself is just plain old me-time. Time curled up with a book (which I have given myself as rewards as well) is something I enjoy a great deal, and I don’t have to spend money to read a book.
-For the most part, the past year of maintenance has been pretty uneventful for me, until I started HRT medication--that was an adjustment, but I worked through it, and I feel like I have that tackled now too. Having taken this whole journey the slow way and as a lifestyle change rather than a radical diet better prepared me for these kinds of adjustments. After all, life happens, and I know this won’t be the only potential obstacle that will cross my path for the rest of my life having the potential to derail me if I allow it. I just don’t plan to allow it--I will continue to take each day, week, month, year at a time--I will lean on God, my family, friends, and fellow sparkers as needed along the way, and I will continue to look forward to creative ways to reward myself for maintaining my goals. When I’m really struggling, sometimes the rewards need to be smaller and more frequent (daily if needed :) I think that this year, in addition to my star charm to add to my bracelet, I’m thinking of getting myself a pair of girly western boots. I haven’t had a good pair of those since 1991, and I was never able to wear them again after I got pregnant in 1992 and gave birth to my first child--who knew then that your feet get bigger when you have babies??
-I really feel like I have done something amazing!
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