Update on 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.