The problem that is not a problem
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
It has now been 11 weeks since I hit my weight loss goal. In a previous blog, I noted that I expected it would take time to adjust to this new reality. It took me over four years to lose the weight and I worked hard to keep that mindset. I didn't want to make too many changes too soon so I started with keeping my healthy habits, staying consistent with exercise and allow myself to increase my caloric intake within the SP guidelines. I said I would monitor my weight daily and look at trends at two week intervals.
The healthy habits (consistent bedtime with 7-9 hours sleep, 8 glasses H2O, 30 min cardio 5-6 times a week)--all that is great. The daily weight continues to show the same quarter pound a week that I lost on average for the majority of my 4-year effort. I've tried to up the calorie intake but am struggling with that. I am finding when I have a couple hundred calories left to eat that still puts me at the low end of the range--I tend to go for the less nutritional options of a couple of cookies or a small dish of ice cream or 10 peanut M&Ms.
I am trying to give my body time to adjust and "settle" where it wants to be. I think the daily weighing is causing me to focus too much on "that number" and is somewhat of a deterrent to transitioning to a maintenance mindset. I joined a maintenance challenge so have to continue daily weighing for a couple more weeks. I can't seem to wrap my head around the conflict of wanting to do well with the challenge (stay as close to target weight as possible) versus being happy to see a smaller number on the scale still trending down. I feel great at the weight I'm at. BUT--would I feel better with just a few more pounds gone? Being in a weight loss frame of mind is "safe". I know what to do there. I am comfortable there.
So my problem that is not a problem---being conflicted about still losing weight when I am not trying to...…….what kind of foolishness is that? I am fortunate indeed that this is my problem. I just need to take a step back and try to get more perspective. I have to remind myself that I am new to maintenance. I have a lot to learn and I know I need to give it more time. I need to trust myself. I will figure this out.