For those in maintenance....
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I'm so close to my final goal weight of 155lbs...about 6lbs away to be exact and I'm beginning to think about maintenance. Frankly, it scares the hell outta me! I honestly feel like it's going to be harder to maintain than it is to lose. Throughout this journey of losing 138lbs (currently 132lbs) I've dealt with falling back into old habits and as we all know that is quite easy. That is my biggest fear when I hit maintenance. I know it's going to take some time to figure out what my body needs to function at a normal rate. How many calories to eat and burn to stay at that weight. I'm sure it'll be a few weeks that I'll go up a few lbs and down a few lbs till I find a happy medium and I'm okay with that. I'm worried about that "comfortable" feeling.
When I first started in April 2010- I weighed 293lbs. By Jan 2011 I had lost 81lbs and felt awesome! I was 212lbs, a size 14 and feeling great! I began to feel comfortable at this new low weight/size because it had been forever since I had been there. Then I met my fiance' and I like to use the excuse that Life, Love, and Laziness got in my way and next thing you know by Jan 2013 I was back up to 240lbs and really pissed off at myself. I also felt guilty because my fiance had also gained about 20+ since we got together and I feel like my bad habits (that I was falling back into) were rubbing off onto her. So we decided, together, to attack this year and get healthy. Boy am I glad we did! It's Nov and I'm sitting here writing about being 6lbs away from my goal weight. 6 lbs! Although I am insanely excited about this , I can't help by panic that what happened in 2011-2012 will happen again. I'm a binge eater and I still strugge with that every now and then but I am MUCH better than I used to be. I don't want to be back to where I was before.
So my question to you, maintainers----how do you do it? What have you done to stay on track and avoid the old habits? Do you weigh yourself weekly? monthly? Do you allow cheats? Exercise less/more? Any advice would be loved! I know everyones body is different but I'd like to use your tips and just adjust them to my life! Thanks in advance!!