Anxious about moving into maintenance mode
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I started my weight loss journey in May of 2008, at 217 lbs. The initial goal that spark set for me was 148 lbs. No way, I thought. Never gonna happen.
I was always so focused on smaller goals, my ultimate goal didn't discourage me. I was always looking forward to the next 5 lbs or the next 10 lbs lost, so much so that 148 lbs really snuck up on me. It came and went and I decided that even though I was happy with the changes in my body, I still wanted to lose some more.
So, currently I'm at 126 lbs. The healthy weight range for my height is 117-159 lbs, so I'm about 10 lbs away from being underweight and no way do I want that to happen. I think I would like to set up a weight maintenance range of 125-130 lbs. I'm really nervous, though. I'm afraid of gaining weight back. I'm afraid of all of my hard work being undone. I guess mostly I am just afraid of losing control. I don't ever want to be overweight again. I think I have the tools and the knowledge now to keep that from happening, but I'm scared to make the leap. After almost a year, losing weight is easy to me now. I know my body, and I know how to lose weight. I'm scared that this whole maintaining one weight thing is going to throw me for a loop.
My plan is to continue to weigh in every morning, and once I hit 125 lbs, I will up my calories to 14-1500 per day instead of the 1200 I eat currently. I will continue the exercise routine I have now, which is exercising about 45 minutes per day 6 days a week. If I continue to lose I will tweak my calories accordingly until I find a calorie range that allows me to maintain my weight.
So, wish me luck. I have heard that maintaining is more difficult than losing. I'm about to find out!!!