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Giving maintenance a try

Monday, June 28, 2010

I have officially changed my weight ticker and re-set my calorie goals. I think I must have reached my ideal weight even though it seems a little high. I never reached my actual goal weight even though I revised it up wards twice from what Sparkpeople had it set on. I knew that 133 was probably going to be too low so I set it at 135. Then after I had been going awhile I revised it again up to 140. I am now at 149. I have not lost any weight since last fall. The lowest weight I have seen was 142 just before Thanksgiving last year. At the time I was not exercising and I believe I had lost some muscle and that was why it was that low. At this point I feel like I would have to do something drastic to see more pounds lost on the scale and it would probably mean losing some muscle so I guess this is it for me.

My waist measurement is 31 inches and has been for a very long time. For me this is a good way to know for sure I am not gaining fat. My waist is the very first place I put on fat. I have always out grown pants in the waist first.

I am trying to be okay with this weight, I don't like being so close to 150 but I don't think the BMI chart is accurate for me, I do have a lot of muscle and I have been doing more strength training. I am challenging myself to see how many push-ups I will be able to do by the end of the summer, I can curently do 15.

I am doing lots of different kinds of exercises, Walk Away the Pounds, The Firm, Pilates and I am also giving Yoga a try for the first time. I am pretty active in the summer time anyway, we have a big yard and I work on that almost everyday. I treat my exercise as a hobby and try to only do things I really enjoy. My goals now are to tone and tighten up everything. And I really want to do something about my belly. That is where I can still tell I have some fat, I guess that's not unusual for someone my age. But I believe I can improve it, it may never be flat like when I was younger but surely it can be better than it is right now.

I feel a little more secure about being able to maintain than I did at the beginning of this journey. When I first started losing I was scared to death of gaining it all back plus more, it is so easy to do and it happens to many. Now I have been doing the program long enough that I have my good habits pretty well ingrained and I don't stress over it so much. I still carry my water bottle everywhere with me. I eat at least 4 to5 servings of fruits and veggies every day. I know the best choices to make at every restaurant we frequent. I am cooking at home more and making more meals from scratch. I wear a step counter and put as much activity in my day as I possibly can. It's still a little scarry, seeing my new calorie ranges, All the way up to 1850! I don't intend to eat that much very often.

So here I go, maintaining. whew.
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  • KLONG8
    Going into maintenance. Wow! What an accomplishment. That's where we all aim but I can feel your anxiety about being able to maintain. The difference with what you've just gone through is that you did'nt diet - you changed your life. And that's a completely different type of support as you move forward.

    3994 days ago
    Congrats, May I suggest a very good book on Maintaining. It is Thin For Life by Anne M. Fletcher. I found it on Amazon.com Also you can sign up with the National Weight Control Registry at www.nwcr.ws/ The book has all kind of results from findings about how people who have lost weight successfully keep it off. Lorraine
    3999 days ago
    Sounds great to me I hope you will still be posting on Spark. That would be nice.
    I have just reached another goal lost 20 pounds almost to 10% off which is supposed to do all kinds of good things for BP and cholesterol We shall see. I have the grandkids so my exercise is slipping I do get steps but i want to take them so many places this summer i hope I succeed they have had a rough year with their Dad unemployed, He was laid off a year ago as a chemical engineer and cannot find work and does not want to move the family at this time. He is so stressed out I am hoping something will come up for them soon. Pat in Maine, Enjoy your maintenance.
    4001 days ago
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