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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.

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    Like your blog!
    It takes some time to settle for a food/fitness plan that can sustain a comfortable healthy weight. After 9 years I still struggle to “settle.” Keep searching and find what works for you! I’ve learned that what works for a while may change...life is ever-changing. We must keep the momentum and ride the wave when it comes.

    I tend to bank those extra leftover calories for indulgences and like that 80/20 or 90/10 rule that allows me to eat or drink on occasion. Though I try to stay clear of junk most of the time, I cannot say I’ll NEVER eat “abc” again. Just not me! Plan for it, bargain for it...balance.

    Let me know if your find the “magic!” Lol

    Best wishes on your continued success!

    85 days ago
    Great job, you will get the right mindset and just eat to hunger and you will be fine.
    I wish we all had your problem. emoticon
    119 days ago
    emoticon Big Congrats on attaining your goal. I am fighting the maintenance battle as well. I would suggest you follow the guidlines of your team. I am presently 12 pounds above my goal weight, so it's a constant struggle, but I have a very slow metabolism. It's a happy problem to have, right? Better than what we started with. Throw out those cookies--they're just bad for your health. You know it. :)
    119 days ago
    It's an adjustment for sure!
    119 days ago
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