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"In the depts of winter, I finally learned there was in me, an invincible summer." Maintaining

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

"In the depts of winter, I finally learned that there was in me, an invincible summer." Camus

I am simply enjoying maintaining in summer. My non scale victories for the summer are good changes.

For the first time in over 10 years, I am wearing sleeveless tops. Last summer even though I was at goal weight and had lost 110 pounds, I did not like the loose skin on my arms. I always wore shirts that were either long sleeves or covered up with a sweater. Now after a year of strength training, I have muscles in my arms. I felt very self conscious wearing a sleeveless top at first, but now am comfortable with it.

I had the same reaction to loose skin on my legs last summer. I would only wear shorts that reached my knees or capris over the knees due to loose skin. Now with muscles in my legs, I am wearing shorter shorts!

Another thing that I am celebrating is gaining muscle strength from last year. On my last trip to Hawaii, I found that my strength in swimming is much developed from my previous trips. I wish I had know this when I was young and competitively swimming.

It took me over a year to lose my weight. I am in my 1 year and 8th month of maintenance. In that year of losing, one of the tools that I used, was to tell myself that I wanted to wake up happy with my food choices from yesterday. This mantra was very helpful when I was resisting foods to lose weight. I would picture how happy I would be the next morning..to get through an event or food situation.

Now in maintenance I use this same tool. Here is the reality of my maintenance. Mr. Creep can still occur with up pounds even if:
You are no longer bingeing..3 years for me.
You are eating healthy low carb, low sugar foods.
You are exercising 6 to 7 times a week.

There is no, " I've done enough. I am doing everything right and I should not have a weight gain," in maintenance. You simply start tweaking or changing your eating or exercise. There are times when you lack motivation, but you just keep following your successful habits.
I drag out my mantra and tell myself that I want to wake up happy in the morning while I am cutting back to basics or increasing exercise.

Then success occurs. There is the glow of satisfaction when the scale moves. Yes, I am doing it.Yes, my efforts are working.
This is the invincible summer that is in me, that is happy to be healthy and taking care of myself.

I hope all of my Spark Friends enjoy that glow of accomplishment and feel their invincible summer.

Thanks to all of you for your warm support.

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    You are amazing and an awesome inspiration! emoticon emoticon
    1780 days ago
    You paint a good picture of life in maintenance.
    And I really like your mantra of wanting to feel good in the morning about your food choices the day before. I will use that myself, for sure!

    Congratulations on your great success - both in taking it off and in keeping it off.

    1782 days ago
    Thank you so much for sharing. What wonderful nonscale victories!

    love, Christina
    1782 days ago
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    I just happened upon your blog today. What an inspiring story! You have another blog follower! Thanks for sharing your insights!!! emoticon
    1784 days ago
    Thank you for this blog - you inspire me as I begin my SparkPath to health. emoticon
    1784 days ago
    Fantastic blog post! Even in maintenance mode, we continue to improve. People often ask if I'm still counting calories and exercising even though I've lost the weight. Yes. I am, thank you, because although I have accomplished goal weight, I have not yet accomplished goal fitness. :D
    1784 days ago
    Good for you! I'm finally wearing sleeveless too. I'm feeling younger than I used to be.
    1784 days ago
    I "liked" this blog!! It's great to have that feeling of "invincible summer" and I agree with you that maintenance takes eternal vigilance. I will use your mantra about wanting to wake up tomorrow happy with my food choices today. How lovely that your exercise is making you content in your body . . . wearing sleeveless/short shorts is a huge NSV!!
    1784 days ago
    LOVE!! emoticon emoticon
    1785 days ago
    Great blog. I voted for it.
    1785 days ago
    1785 days ago
    I love your mantra and may have to give that one a try. So happy for you to hear how happy and successfully you're maintaining. emoticon emoticon
    1785 days ago
    You're a great example, Pat!
    I've learned so much from you:
    Weigh daily
    Don't panic if up, just make changes to get back to your goal
    It requires constant monitoring and tweaking
    It feels good to maintain.

    I look forward to next year feeling better about my arms emoticon
    1785 days ago
    Me too!!! Shorter sleeves and shorter shorts this summer! I also love that I am not as hot this summer. I always felt like the heat was bothering me more than anyone else. Being heavier makes you hotter, of course, so does wearing three quarter inch sleeves and capri pants when everyone else is in little sleeveless tops. Enjoy your maintenance summer!
    1785 days ago
    You are an inspiration!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1785 days ago
    I love that you are now comfortable in your "own skin." I'm right there with you! Shorter sleeves and shorts this summer. Isn't it great?!!

    I'm so glad to hear about your progress! It gives hope to everyone reading your blog. I know as I've aged my skin has lost it's elasticity and it is harder to tighten it up. You are living proof that it can be done! emoticon

    I think I'm going to go lift some more weights. emoticon
    1785 days ago
    I've always loved that quote. You are doing great -congrats!
    1785 days ago
    You have such a wonderful attitude. You set a wonderful example for all of us. I can't imagine what prompted you to come to a place where everything clicked and you were ready to do what it takes. I'm still struggling. I am hoping that when my life cams down I will get closer to making my dreams a reality.
    1785 days ago
    You are always an inspiration and a source of valuable lessons and tips on maintenance strategies and successful mantras.
    Keep on teaching us. And congratulations on your non-scale victories of this summer!
    1785 days ago
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