M is for Maintenance- that is good enough for me!
Sunday, January 11, 2015
M is for Maintenance. There was a song on one of the children's tv shows that we used to watch years ago that went something like that. I have the tune in my head, but I can't think of what exactly they were singing about but I thought I would sing about maintenance this morning.
After all the work that you put into losing the weight and changing your lifestyle, you would think that maintenance is the easiest thing in the world right?
You have retrained your brain so all should go smoothly, you would think.
Maintenance is and it isn't easy.. That answer seems a bit strange doesn't it.
Let's talk about why it is easy.
You know what you should do. You know how much you should eat. You have followed the guidelines that SP set for you for how many calories per day you should eat and continues to do so during maintenance as well.
You have found a love(hopefully) for exercise and have found so many different ways to burn calories. You like to walk or run or do zumba or the elliptical.(OK, the elliptical is a hard one to love) but you do it because of the way it makes you feel when you are done, which is great and like you have had a great workout.
You have found a new way to love eating fresh fruits and veggies. You have all kinds of new recipes that are lower calorie and delicious. You know how to eat things in moderation and the correct portion.
So what can go wrong, why does it become hard?
Maybe because eating the right portion can become hard or not eating some of the types of foods you put on the back burner as only once in while items like pizza and fast food and you decide you can start eating more of those things. And you can, but keep in mind that you should still track either mentally or for real because if you start eating more than you should, the weight will come back on.
Tracking food and exercise becomes tedious.
You don't want to make time for exercise anymore because you don't think you really need to do it, the weight will just stay off.
Because you don't think you need the support of SP any longer.
I gained a couple of pounds during this time, and those 2 to 3 pounds can really play mind games with me. I know that it is just a number on the scale, and nobody but me can see those 2 to 3 pounds but it still really messes with me. I know that I have still lost between 40 and 45 pounds and kept it off, that I can run a 5K and walk/run a 10k, I can exercise for a couple of hours at a time, that I am strong and that I am healthy
So that is why I stay with SP, why I track my food and continue with my exercise. Because I need the support of all of you to keep me on track to be able to do this for life.
It isn't always easy, some days I would really like to eat more of what I am serving, but then I drink more water and say, ok do you really want more, are you really hungry, or is it just that it tastes so good. If i am still really hungry and I have the calories left for the day, I will eat a little more, usually a 1/2 portion but sometimes I know that it is just the fact that it is there and it tastes so good. So I do not eat anymore. It is discipline that will get us through this so maybe I should have written about D is for discipline, that is good enough for me!
And by the way, as I was writing this, I remember the song, it was the one cookie monster sang, C is for cookie, that is good enough for me and I think they have now changed it on Sesame Street to Veggie Monster! That actually says a lot for what they are trying to get kids to eat these days.
Have a great Sunday and keep on spreading the spark everywhere you go!