The last pounds (or maintenance) is the hardest
Monday, June 04, 2018
Last week travel interrupted routine. More restaurants, unusual hours, less home cooking. All these limited my usual choices and circumstances presented a lot of more attractive but poor choices. I made some poor selections, ended up a about six ounces over high school weight (is my scale even that accurate?) at the end of the week. I knew maintaining high school weight was going to be a challenge. It is.
But we've been shopping, gotten "good" groceries, and we're closer to the usual cooking routine. I expect to be under high school weight again when next Monday rolls around.
Special good news is that bicycling seems more available now. I've been out three times (to church a couple days, and errands another) that got me out pumping up San Francisco hills. Not huge distances, but typical urban commuting. The next challenge to healthy routine is coming later this week, however.
The big trip will be attending a wedding a few hundred miles south, with the big rehearsal dinner and visiting with friends and family before after the ceremony. A real challenge to the sort of high protein, and sort of carbohydrate and generally avoiding sweets food choices that I have been making. And, while traveling, no bike riding. But walking opportunities, at least, must exist. I don't want to come back over high school weight.
I think that what makes the last few pounds so difficult is that, in getting close to goal, one has made eating (and exercise) changes that pretty closely define a new normal for life. But small losses from that point require even greater restrictions on (smarter?) choices and may even require adoption of brand new strategies, such as deliberate strength training, to maintain muscle mass and keep burning calories, and avoid losing lean mass and strength, balance, and functional capability. Else, even at a successful eating style, my weight maintenance or further loss will turn into small, but ever increasing weight gains.
I can see all this so clearly. Executing on the plan is much more difficult than understanding.