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Update in maintenance

Thursday, April 11, 2013

I have maintained my weight for 17 months with 5-10 pounds in fluctuation. Learning to eat smaller portion sizes was an easy habit to learn. Controlling how many different single servings fit on a plate has been harder. I love fresh vegetable mixes and will find myself eating 6 or more types/servings at a time. Sure this is healthier and doesn’t lead to much weight gain, but I am still training my stomach to want to feel overly full with each meal. This causes problems when the less healthy meals are on the menu. I stuck with my normal eating schedule of mid-morning breakfast, lunch, snack, and early dinner. Dinner has always accounted for half of my calories for the day and I am starting to try and balance them out more. I tried adding more protein rich foods (Greek yogurt, Atkins bars, K2O, etc.) during the day, but I never felt fuller and my daily protein amounts were still low. I try to stick to a daily vitamin. I still hate scheduling grocery shopping time.

I was more active during the first 9 months of the 17. I found adding activities like playing with my daughter or cleaning was easy to do. I started suffering a setback in time management and priorities as the holidays approached last winter towards my pursuit of being active. I recently admitted that I feel joint stiff, tired, and weaker at less weight. I started moving daily and my attitude towards moving improved. I finally added strength training and found flexibility back in my joints. I hope the trend continues. I always avoided ST because I didn’t know how to do it. I just decided that after my cardio work out to read one or two machines and try it each day. I have found favorites in just a few days time that are creating new motivation.

I am still an emotional stress eater, but I know when I am doing it now. I mostly give in to drinking pop under stress. By adding food tracking during these times, it keeps myself very aware of how many wasteful calories I am indulging. I always leave drink no soda in my other goals tracking so that I can motivate myself to find control during tracking times.

My husband bought P90 a week ago, I am trying to inquire about his progress without being part of it. I will have to remember to ask him what he needs from me for support. I definitely remember to encourage and ask how he feels regularly, but I want the primary motivation to come from him. He scheduled his work outs late at night after everyone is in bed and I view this as a choice to not be witnessed. He does however have a close friend on the program that he shares his progress, attitudes, and motivations with regularly.

My journey started with a co-worker challenging us to a period of weight loss and walking during breaks. Finding people to share your motivations and desires towards healthy goals is a very important tool. It helps keep your focus on moving forward and finding option.
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    Wonderful update- it sounds like you know yourself (and your husband) really well. Congrats and keep up the great work!
    2947 days ago
    Glad to hear the update, thanks for sharing! I always appreciate those of you in maintenance sharing because it helps prepare those of us still trying to get to goal weight about some of the ongoing challenges. Good job keeping yourself in range and always evaluating what needs fine tuning. I am an emotional coffee drinker so I totally get the soda thing. Yikes, we sure can drink a lot of calories! It's good to "see" you again. emoticon
    2947 days ago
    So many of your remarks fit me to a "T!" You are doing better at portion control, but that you eat most of your calories at dinner fits me as well. I want to change that, although I find it hard to do with family meal expectations. For exercise I started with a 15 minute/1 mile walk, but recently increased that to 30 minutes/2 miles and then finally added strength straining. We can do it, but paying attention to how we feel (as you do) and trying things out is the way to go! emoticon
    2947 days ago
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