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Down and Out

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Well, yesterday, I was greeted with a number I haven't seen in 2 years.... 129 lbs.

The last time I was there, I was exiting a maintenance overhaul (tracking nutrition & fitness to get back on track) and it was my littlest sister's wedding and I will openly admit it...I was stressed, but actually eating and drinking (wine) a lot, but the number appeared and I even went down to 127..but to maintain that was very short lived.

I don't consider myself even wanting to be in the 120s for maintenance for personal reasons - like I like the way I look now really. It is is maintainable.

So here comes this new number...and how I did it came about this time. Well, from my last year and my last 6 months with 2 to 3 jobs and stress...attached to a more sedentary position at a desk...I was maintaining things just fine. I missed moving though, I will admit that. Exercise? What exercise! Eating was a sandwich in the middle of the day and some nuts to supplement when I got those hunger pangs mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

Today, with the new 9-5 job....I don't stop moving....ever, it seems. And to control stress levels, I eat well in the morning - a hearty 7-grain hot cereal after my coffee....and then I have a snack (brazil nuts or almonds) when I feel some hunger coming on in the afternoon....and when I get to eat lunch (usually at my desk and working) it is just a simple turkey or ham on a kaiser roll with some celery, pineapple, or pringles (yes, healthy indeed! A treat really).... and dinner is dinner when I get home. So yes, my calorie intake is the same as before I started the job, but different when it comes to the main boring foods I eat....I switched out an old boring for a new more nutritious boring.

Maintenance is boring...I think I have said that before.

But THIS new number on the scale was NOT what I was looking for OR anticipating. emoticon

I think I might be the only person on Sparkpeople right now who is complaining about going DOWN on the scale! emoticon Oh, the irony!

What changed to have this occur:
emoticon more movement - that is for sure
emoticon introduced a true whole grain breakfast daily - keeps cortisol levels at bay (stress hormone) from spiking... plus feel full longer, extra fiber, omega-3 fatty acids... all good stuff.
emoticon finally happy in my workplace (despite the stress of a high learning curve)
emoticon emoticon emoticon the kids & hubby are happy with the new schedule - it is working better - which mean I am emoticon

But with all of that - there are things that need improving:
emoticon are a family we need to refocus emoticon
emoticon vitamins and minerals therefore are lacking in me....and I feel it. I took a vitamin mid week and felt immediately better, but I would truly rather get my vitamins and minerals from vegetables...have to re-prioritize my intake here and eat some more during lunch if I can
emoticon for lunch break - my half hour...I have to change how I eat lunch....might have to leave the building for a little to refresh/recharge. I am entitled. I should take it.

As you can see..I am constantly re-evaluating everything - it's part of the maintenance game, and it's part of my health coaching curriculum. I encourage everyone to re-eval themselves every month.

With that said and done...this week brought me to wear a belt again on some brand new petite pants I just bought....I looked like I was wearing diapers without it. emoticon Ironic because on Jan3rd I bought all new pants - one was a petite 8, another petite 6...a regular 6 too long, but I will hem...and a khaki petite 8 that looks dirty the minute I enter my work area. Note to self: don't buy pants ever again after the new year b/c you probably won't be that size a few weeks later after all the holiday bloat goes away!!! emoticon emoticon
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    This is one of those eye opening blogs that helps me see how what I choose to shift to to lose weight really needs to become lifestyle because 'getting there' will in no way be static. Love the example of how handle it with humor, too! Thanks for the assessment, I admire how you're able to step back and look. Good luck!

    1543 days ago
    I tend to eat my lunch while working instead of taking a break. I'm a teacher so when it's cold I take a lap or 2 in the halls just to move a little. I need to do this more often. The good thing for you is that you can up your calories and eat more healthy foods in order to maintain!
    1543 days ago
    It's amazing all the little surprises that crop up in maintenance in spite of how "boring" it can be, right? I love that you reevaluate things every month--I think that helps to minimize some of the boredom and keeps us fresh and focused on what we really want to get out of all this. Your health coaching clients will be lucky to have you showing them the way!
    1543 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I think re-evaluating yourself on a monthly basis is a good idea. I am sure you will figure out a way to maintain your weight so you don't go lower that you want. I am glad your new job is working out well for you and your family. You sound busy!

    Maintenance is boring..Then I start trying new recipes..but there is the day to day routines that must be followed.
    1543 days ago
    CAROLISCIOUS - I am eating Bob's Red Mill 7 Grain cereal.

    It has flax seed in it, along with wheat, rye, triticale, oats, oat bran, barley, and brown rice.

    In my recent studies, the whole grain affect on the body, especially in the morning (to balance digestion and hormone levels intrigued me) - I gave it a try and this brand was recommended by many people. The company produces a large variety of organic products.

    Increasing the fiber in the morning has also been good for me. I keep it in the freezer.
    1543 days ago
  • DALID414
    I think everyone in maintenance agrees with the sentiment: Maintenance is boring! My sis calls me Mrs Boring, but I'd rather be boring than have a weight problem.
    1543 days ago
    I will happily trade numbers with you! LOL! Can you share the name of the cereal you are eating?
    1543 days ago
    You'll get this worked out for sure! Starting a new job is stressful. But once you get into a routine, this will all be easier, and you will be able to control it.

    Take care,
    1543 days ago
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