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Flogging Away the Ounces

Monday, March 22, 2021

Today is my four year SPARK anniversary!

There is no question that I have lost weight here at SPARKPeople. I have lost over twenty pounds by cutting out all sugar and added sugar foods, resulting in a healthier BMI. I have added more muscle and shed more fat. But I'm not done. I now need to enter maintenance mode.

This is where it gets difficult for me. Am I at my ideal weight? Can I eat more food? Do I still want to lose more weight? All good questions and not easy to answer.

I always felt that my ideal weight would be linked to an athletic build, and that is when I can see my abs. We all have abs, but probably just can't see them, and I still have some belly fat hiding them here and there. Probably the last 10% of fat I need to work off to see them.

So here I go, entering maintenance mode. My plan is to flog away the ounces as I learn how to master 'maintenance mode'. I want my journey to be proactive, like a fine-tuned healthy well-oiled machine.

It's the ounces that slowly creep back in.
It's the ounces I need to keep flogging away.
It's the ounces that add up to equal a pound.

Education and prevention is the key. I'm still learning and looking for ways to keep the ounces from creeping back in. My SPARKPeople friends are helpful.

May the Force be with us.
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    Again. Thanks everyone for the kind comments.
    128 days ago
    I love this blog! Congratulations on your weight loss!
    128 days ago
    Congrats on your four years and welcome to the Maintenance Team -- which has wonderful resources!!

    You're talking about paying attention to the ounce of food eaten and weight gained or lost.

    What works for me in maintenance is also "paying attention" -- to my body. Eating for optimum nutrition when I'm hungry, enjoying every bite of the delicious whole healthy foods, and stopping just before I'm full. Moving for optimum strength, cardio, flexibility, balance but not over exercising, not flogging myself . . .

    Caring for myself. Trusting my innate wisdom to know when I've eaten enough, when I've moved enough. In the present moment.
    129 days ago
    Congrats on your emoticon ! And welcome to the tricky bit: maintenance. You've got it right about managing the ounces.
    130 days ago
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    emoticon on your four years with sparks----and looks like you have been doing an amazing job! ... Keep up the great work!
    130 days ago

    Thanks for that tip. I will try it out.
    130 days ago
    Congratulations on reaching maintenance. You have the right attitude for success.

    I echo what Jeanne said.
    130 days ago
    Congratulations for reaching maintenance!
    I'm told that this is one of the best weight planners: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/bwp
    It has a button for 'expert mode' that shows in great detail what to expect when eating a certain amount of calories.

    130 days ago
    JEANKNEE, Thanks for that comment. It helps.
    130 days ago
    Congratulations I_ROBOT!

    I am so excited that you've joined our Spark Team: At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance.

    Each journey is unique as I'm sure you know. I had never made an attempt to lose weight as the ounces became pounds and continued to pile on during middle age. Weight loss was a side effect of simply bringing some balance to my life. For me, unmanaged stress can be the gateway that leads to my unraveling.

    I took a wild guess and chose an arbitrary goal weight as I began my transition to maintenance. It has been nearly 7 years now and the longterm average of my weight maintenance challenge averages sits 23+ pounds below that arbitrary goal. It is not unusual for some of us to continue to lose weight as we transition to and enter maintenance mode.

    Wishing you continued success as you embark upon your maintenance journey. Best wishes discovering what mainteance means to you!
    130 days ago
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