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Mount Everest verses Mount Maintenance

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

This was a fairly good comparison from Refuse to Regain. The author is promoting the paleo way of eating which is no starches and no sugars. I eat low carb starches. However,no matter what plan of eating you are on, she has some good insights into maintenance.

I like the term diet of conviction..although i have to get rid of the connotation that diet means trying to lose weight..here it means having an eating plan of conviction.
I also love number 4. You have to learn to love the new you and the process it takes to maintain that.

I also found gong foods, thrill eating, and second hand food to be interesting.

Mount Everest verses Mount Maintenance:

Only 20 percent of the people who climb Mt.Everest make it to the top. The key is preparation. Less than 5 percent of people succeed in their climb up Mount Maintenance.

1. Food avalanche: We live in a food flood with an entire culture devoted to encouraging you to eat. Expect to be buried and make sure you have the tools to dig out. ( Advertising by the food industry, food availability 24 hours a day, seductive foods made by food labs, the cost of healthy foods over junk foods, a culture where mindless eating and being obese is prevalent and accepted are forces in this flood.)

2. Habit crevasse: You have eaten in a certain way for a lifetime. It is easy to fall into a rut, you can't get out of. Relearning is needed to break such habits such as comfort eating and thrill eating.

3. An icy metabolism: You have just lost weight, but the fat cells that contained that weight are still part of your body. Biochemical signals that accompany weight loss may prompt you to overeat and will need to be overcome. In addition your genetic tendency to gain weight still remains. Although you may look slim you are a POW..previously overweight person. You do not have the physiology of a NOW..a never overweight person.

4.Climber's Fatigue: Losing weight was an exciting, attention getting makeover. Permanence requires a relentless, daily attention to detail that no one but you may notice. This phase will only work if you learn to deeply love the new you and the very process that allows you to stay as you are. Not only can you do this, but it will also be highly rewarding.

5. Bad trail markers: There is a lot that can lead you in the wrong direction in commonly accepted nutritional wisdom. Many of the foods we consider staples are easily eliminated without harmful effect and are key for POWs..ie sugar and starches.

6. Inadequate conditioning: climbing any mountain whether real or figurative, requires physical strength. As the years pass it is almost impossible to achieve permanence unless you establish an athletic identity.

7.Dangerous Footing: travel, stress, occasions both happy and sad all provide opportunities for slippage.

8. Sabatogue: The very friends and family who love you may have trouble with your healthy habits and may try to overturn your efforts at permanence. It's not personal..It just is.

Other terms:

Diet of conviction: choose your eating plan and develop a strong belief that it is a good one for you. Diet in this sense is not connected to weight loss, it means an eating plan.

Food assault: unwanted intrusions of food in a maintainer's life.

Food creep: the tendency for more food, particularly sugar and starches to creep back into your life.

Gong food: an intensely flavored sugar or starch food that simulates a ringing
bell when consumed.

Thrill eating: the sport of eating just for fun.

Revenge clothes: form fitting clothes that look great on you now that you are thinner.

Second Hand Food: Like second hand smoke. The presence of unwanted food in a confined area can be harmful..ie junk foods in office spaces.

Maintenance Junior: Derived from just reduced, a person who is just beginning the process of maintaining weight.

SLIM: someone who is at the senior level of maintenance...a person who is maintaining their weight skillfully.

Weight Mentor: a senior maintainer who has reached the highest level of skill and commitment.

I find it interesting that weight mentor is her highest level of achievement. I think Spark People offers all of us the chance to be weight mentors and thus to be successful.
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    There is just so much in there!
    1629 days ago
    Love the analogies to climbing Mount Everest! I've battled with each and every one of the obstacles described here and learning to manage them has made maintenance doable for me. It's still an ongoing process of learning and refinement, but one that doesn't seem as impossible as I once thought. Thanks so much for this and sorry I'm so late to the party!
    1665 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Good advice!
    1710 days ago
    Thank you for the information. Great post.
    1712 days ago
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    1712 days ago
    Wow! and thank you!
    1715 days ago
    This sounds like a super resource and well worth reading even BEFORE one has reached their goal and begins to tackle the shift into maintenance.

    1717 days ago
    I think it is great someone is coming out with an effective book on MAINTENANCE.
    Other diet books may make sense and people achieve the weight loss, but keeping it off is a battle that not many authors have tackled! Thanks so much for sharing.
    This book sounds very worthwhile and that it would be fun to read because of the insights and humor.
    1717 days ago
    This is emoticon ! emoticon for this blog! I read it and reread parts and every word is true! What a great way to share the information.

    I'm so glad that you are my Sparkfriend!!
    1718 days ago
    emoticon An excellent blog! It really resonates with me - especially the gong food and thrill eating. Both of those issues are enemies I have battled with over and over!!
    1718 days ago
    I loved this blog. Thank you!
    1718 days ago
    FANTASTIC!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    1718 days ago
    I appreciate learning about this book. Good metaphors. I left thinking that Everest is never climbed in a day and takes months of conditioning. Note to self! (Patience for journey!)
    1719 days ago
    So you see - there are lots of ways of getting where we want to go. Just have to want to get there.

    happy Friday
    1720 days ago
    How did I miss this blog??? This is timely! I'm struggling with the habit crevasse and food assault... though it's apparently not as unwanted in the immediate sense as in the big picture sense. Sometimes I just want to chew and swallow.

    Thanks for all you share to help others like me keep going up Mt. Maintenance.
    1721 days ago
    Very interesting. It certainly explains how losing the weight is only half the battle. Keeping it off is equally as challenging.
    1721 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Food for thought: Anja brought up a good insight that I did not notice. I was focused on the excellent way the author described the steps in maintenance. I did not focus on the goal. She pointed out that the analogy broke down at the top. Maintenance is when you reach Mt. Everest and live there. It is not a finite goal but an endless process. Good point..I still like the author's steps and definitions!
    1721 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/8/2013 9:17:01 AM
    Every single word you posted here makes SO MUCH SENSE and I have to thank you for taking the time to share.

    I really have learned a lot from you since I started maintaining. It's one of the wonders of this community of maintaining...we don't have to go it alone, we don't have to re-invent the wheel, we can learn from the previous learnings of others.

    Great blog...can't thank you enough.

    1722 days ago
    What a great blog, what a great overview of a book I absolutely have to read!! This is amazing stuff: so many neat concepts.

    "Gong food" rang my bell. Food avalanche, too.

    Love the new definition of SLIM.

    And most of all: POW. I am a previously overweight person. That means my physiology is predisposed to regain weight. Yeah. It's a fact. And I can't ever forget it. I need my diet of conviction to stay SLIM!!
    1722 days ago
    I'm going online to see if I can reserve this book at my library! emoticon
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  • GINA180847
    What an interesting way to look at things to do with our shapes and how we deal with it. The gong food idea sure rang a bell. I have had different gong foods throughout my life and I see what that is all about. I really must read this just because awareness is the key to my success.Thank you for making us aware of it.
    1722 days ago
    I imagine you're having fun reading that book and getting a lot out of it probably.
    I'd just been thinking about nr. 5. How usual it has always been in my life, in my childhood, to eat bread, for example. Quite hard to realize that we don't really need it. And hard, for me anyway, to change that 'habit'.

    I also love that concept of 'second hand food'. I find it quite irritating. I thought that this was only so in the US but I found out today that one of the big shops in my city now also offers candy at the counter - you can grab some when you pay. Ridiculous, to me!
    1722 days ago
    Will try and find the book at my library.
    Again, thank you for encouraging me to keep going.
    1722 days ago
    Love this! An article just for maintenance that uses vivid visual cues! Nell Jones, you are my senior mentor.
    1722 days ago
    Great blog!
    1722 days ago
    I read and liked the book...I like the 12 rules, though have differing views on style of eating, what to eat, etc.
    1722 days ago
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