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Friday, March 07, 2014

After finally reaching goal in December, I continued with my ST program and clean eating roughly 85% of the time. I hovered around 150-151, which is where my Dr said was my ideal weight based on my muscle tone, height, etc.

Then we went on vacation and my clean eating routine was difficult to follow. In one week I regained nearly 15 pounds! The good news is in three days, upon returning home, I lost 11, and the remaining 4 were gone in a few days later.

What I learned from this was that not all healthy foods are healthy for everyone and that even a small serving of foods I know I need to eliminate, WILL have a negative effect on my body!

So where does that leave me now? Well I sure as H-E-L-L know what I'm not going to eat anymore! But more than that. I am still a work in progress. I still have plans for remodeling my body and even when - and if - I ever reach my ultimate goal, I can't expect to hold tight to it unless I continue walking the walk and talking the talk. It's not like we can get there and say "Whew! Job well done." Then spray ourselves with shellac and expect it to stay that way for ever more. We will always be a work in progress. The hard work isn't over once we reach our goal. And we wonder why it takes us so long to get anywhere! Most of us just can't stick to it long enough to see the final goal play out. That was me for years. I would work hard and be very excited while the results were showing themselves to me regularly but as soon as I hit a plateau, I'd get discouraged and give up. The difference this last time was I never allowed that plateau to stop me. When I'd hit a plateau, I'd attack it head on and full force! I'd continue fighting it until I chipped away enough to get it to move!

Maintenance is the ultimate plateau! It's the one you want to reach BUT if you stop fighting and stop chipping away at it in one form or another, before you know it, the pounds will begin to creep back on again. At first it's only one or two. But then you go out with friends to celebrate something or have company over or go on vacation and before you know it, you've regained much more than you ever intended. Thankfully with my clean eating, I was able to get back on track very quickly. Not everyone is as extreme with their elimination plan as I am, and then it can get dicey.

But enough about that. As I said, my journey continues..... and yes I'm smiling! Just this week I switched things up in the weight room and got back into running again as well. I'm already seeing positive changes in both the scale and my body comp. My plan is to whittle away a few more pounds but more importantly, to fine tune my physique. I feel like a sculptor. I'm smoothing away a little here and adding a little there on my way to remodeling myself just a little bit closer to my ultimate goal. Perfection? At my age? Not important! Precision is how I prefer to view it.
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    Since I haven't reached my goal yet, I didn't think about maintenance. It is eye opening to hear you talk about maintaining your goal, just reaching it isn't the end!

    Keep the "maintenance" information coming! We will need it! emoticon

    2397 days ago
    I'm finally resigned to the fact that keeping it off will require the exact same amount of effort that losing took. Luckily, I think most of the habits are ingrained at this point - so it's not that tough. Like you experienced, life isn't always going to be just right for it, but there is always time to recover as long as we stay mindful.
    2398 days ago
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    If you find that shellac anywhere, let me know! It's tough - I've gotten to that point, took my eyes off the target and ended up gaining 40 pounds without even thinking about it! REALLY wish I'd caught it at 15 like you did. As we get older (and make more trips up that scale) it gets harder to keep it off - I'm thinking you can do this!
    2398 days ago
    Brilliantly said. Maintenance is tough and it is a lifetime committment; a different journey from losing weight. Obstacles will get in the way but the key is to get back right on track as you did. emoticon
    2398 days ago
    Loved those vacation pics! I think it's almost impossible not to gain when you are eating good in restaurants, but I also think it's mostly sodium/chemical based "artificial" weight and water retention - good news since you lost it so fast!
    2399 days ago
    I just blogged a few days ago about the learning curve of maintenance. It is a whole new creature than the weight loss portion of our journeys! But we will learn it, then our bodies will change again. We just need to stay tuned in to our bodies.
    2399 days ago
    You are a strong, competent and dedicated woman! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experience! Your persistence is inspiring!
    2399 days ago
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