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Persisting with the Persisting . . .

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

OK, looking at my MARC (Maintenance Advantage Response Card), I remind myself I want to maintain: for health reasons; because my clothes all fit; because I have higher energy; feel upbeat and optimistic; and because I look better.

Looking at my Maintenance To Do Card, I know I must: weigh myself every day (still up those 2 darn pounds grrrrrrr); resume vigorous dieting if I'm up 3 pounds (and I'm vigorously dieting now!!); expect it to be hard at times (yup, got that one, curbing the "it's not fair"); give myself credit every day (could do more of that, good girl Watermellen!!); keep on tracking (doing that, well within calorie range); and keep exercising (can do a bit more of that for sure).

Ya mean I've gotta do this FOR LIFE??

It's like the reverse of asking if you have to floss your teeth every day -- I only have to floss those teeth I wanna keep. Which would be all of them.

So I have to sustain my maintenance program only within the limit of those pounds I want to keep at bay. However, that would be all of the pounds between me and 230.

Oh well oh well oh well.

Persisting with the persisting. NO CHOICE.
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    That was too funny about the teeth. Sometimes it just happens that you really have to work those pounds off. Np Choice. Stay persistent. I am doing the same. I also had an irritable moment before dinner when I felt sorry for myself as I am cutting back and not eating foods I normally eat.

    The results on worth it. You are staying strong and committed!

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    1944 days ago
    wonderful analogy - only the teeth you want to keep / only the pounds you want to keep at bay. that's maintenance indeed! good job, watermellen! emoticon
    1944 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    Love the flossing analogy.
    1944 days ago
    I'm with _Linda...why does seem like it takes only days to gain the weight, but years to lose it? I've got 50 pounds to lose and have just ordered the Beck books, with Gaby1948's suggestion and blogs. Am looking forward to getting them and getting started. The only thing I worry about is my lack of time with this. Working full time and being at work for 11 hours a day, 5 days a week, I don't get much online time.
    I will be reading your blogs, though. Also at Gaye's suggestion.
    emoticon on your journey!
    1944 days ago
    Good reminders! Great persistence. emoticon emoticon
    1944 days ago
    So 'darn' emoticon emoticon

    Hard work always emoticon Does it get any easier with time???
    1944 days ago
  • _LINDA
    And you are persistently awesome about persisting, you sure are!
    To add to the its not fair whine, why is it so darn easy to gain weight and so hard to lose it???
    1944 days ago
    Love it . . . yup . . . wanna keep all the teeth so will floss them all. Same goes with my health. Have to do what it takes!

    1944 days ago
    Oh Well. Maybe it's time to go shopping!

    Really, you are doing great! (Even if it doesn't always feel that way...)


    1944 days ago
    You've got it! Take it one day at a time and it truly is do-able. All in all it is a better way to live than living ruled by cravings and appetite. You know. And when I've been eating good my stomach feels so much better inside and out. It isn't protruding all distended. Better. Just a better way to live. I know you know.

    You deserve BIG CREDIT for your persistence. Yes, you do!!
    1945 days ago
    Yes forever does sound daunting, but keep in mind that life is short...it whizzes by so quickly. Live each day intentionally and to your fullest (and I don't mean stomach). You do have choices - some good and some bad. I think this is the 2 pounds (why me?) talking...you love the food you can eat and the exercise you do. That's the choice.
    1945 days ago
    Forever does seem daunting, doesn't it? I keep hoping it gets easier. I suspect it doesn't.
    1945 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14895051
    It is very hard for me to wrap my head around forever (though that is what it has to be). Focusing on just today helps (but not always).
    1945 days ago
    Sometimes I wonder what kind of tracker my body is using, especially when the scale numbers don't match up with what my own math tells me.

    Eventually it will work out if I keep doing the right things. Like you, I will keep a close eye on that scale. A 2 pound gain is reversible. I want to deal with it before it doubles.

    1945 days ago
    There was just a SP article a couple days that talked about how our body weight fluctuates and how discouraging that can be especially when we are doing everything we are suppose to which it sounds like you are.

    So as the saying goes "This too will pass". Keep on keeping on and those 2 pounds will disappear.

    1945 days ago
    Here's to keeping on with those things we want to 'keep' (like breathing)
    1945 days ago
  • GABY1948
    You are doing GREAT,,,,and I TOTALLY understand this! And you've GOT Beck!
    1945 days ago
  • no profile photo RIDLEYRIDER
    Yup...live with it every day...a journey with no end.
    But I wouldn't have it any other way!
    1945 days ago
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