Beck's Chapter Eleven -- after the 42 days of the 6 week program -- is all about when it's time to stop.
When it's time to stop losing and start maintaining, that is.
And once again I suspect this is key.
And that I didn't fully "get it" first round.
I had a ridiculous idea of aiming for a new goal weight well below anything I've been able to maintain as an adult, and then trying to sustain that. Silly. Why? For the "prestige" of the number on the scale? The number on the waistband inside my pants?
Silly because -- if it's not sustainable, then I stop weighing. Stop vigorously monitoring the eating standing up, and the NO CHOICE and the hunger is not an emergency. And all the rest of it. And my weight slides up again ABOVE a reasonable maintainable weight. And I yo-yo.
Right now I suspect my weight is once again below "lowest sustainable weight".
"Lowest sustainable weight" is the weight you can sustain permanently while still following a sensible eating and exercise program for the rest of your life."
I need to wait now. Wait for a plateau. In a month or so. And then ask myself, about food:
Do I want to reduce calories even more? Would eating be satisfying enough if I ate less? Would it be healthy to eat less? Would eating less fit into my lifestyle? Could I live comfortably with fewer calories in the long term?
I'm going to pay attention this time. But I think that I do know the answer.
And: I also need to think about exercise:
Do I want to increase the intensity and/or duration of exercise? Do I have enough time and energy to devote to more exercise? Would more exercise actually be healthy for me, or overdoing it? And can I sustain more exercise intensity and time over the long run?
Again, I think I know the answer to these questions too.
I've gotta be patient. Wait. Monitor. And accept a "realistic" maintainable weight. Whether I "want" to be thinner or not.
Work in progress? Absolutely.
Just want this to be over? Yup, I do.
OK then, one more blog (tomorrow). But as for me, I've gotta keep on with this.
Trying for "too much" is in fact self-defeating. The best IS the enemy of the good.