I’m going to share a few thoughts on maintenance, but, first, I want to thank everyone who voted on Monday’s polls. The results show that I shouldn’t change my blog’s name, but that switching up my subjects from solely weight loss related posts would be perfectly acceptable. After some thought, I’m rather happy to be keeping my name, as I’ve grown rather attached to it! I do plan to change my tagline and to switch up the look of the blog just a bit. Long ago, my future son-in-law (the Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop wiz) offered to make me a custom header. My husband also offered to do some cartoon work for it. (He draws a really cute cartoon version of me). I need to re-ask them both if their offer still stands for when they have the time. So stay tuned for a few changes! 🙂
Now, onward to maintenance. I read a fantastic quote the other day from Optifast Blogger about maintenance. In her wonderful post about the things that keep her working hard to maintain her weight loss, Optifast Blogger admits that “losing weight is ‘sexier’ than maintenance.” I read those words shortly after tallying up my last calories of the day, and they hit me like an anvil in a Roadrunner cartoon. Maintenance is why some of the air has leaked out of my excitement balloon. Its distinct lack of va va voom-iness is exactly why I haven’t felt like I’ve had much to write about lately.
In fact, the exhilaration of actively losing weight is much like the giddiness of being in a new relationship. The beauty of it, is the person that you fall in love with, or re-fall in love with, is you. It’s magical to work hard and see results. Peering into the mirror and seeing the person that you’ve imagined yourself to be is awe-inspiring. The feeling of completing physical challenges that you never before thought were possible is breathtaking. You run into people that you haven’t seen for a while and they notice how trim you’re looking. You go shopping for new jeans, because all of your old ones are too big, and you find yourself slipping easily into a size 8. You’re on top of the world! Then one day, you step on the scales at your doctors office and she tells you that you’ve arrived. You’ve reached your goal weight. She slaps you a quick high-five and hands you the diet plan to maintain what you’ve lost. Then she says. “This is the hard part; keeping it off.” You leave the office happy and determined. You have a formula that works for you, and you work your formula. Then one day, after your 100th cup of yogurt at exactly 11:00 am, the same day that no one has asked, “Did you lose weight?” you realize that the honeymoon of weight loss is over and that maintenance is the marriage. It’s a good solid marriage, but it takes lots of effort. It needs the infusion of a few fluttering butterflies in the stomach and a few sparks to zap it back into the exciting status that it once had. Luckily, it doesn’t take a gastro-etymologist (I made that one up) or a generator to get the butterflies and sparks that we need. We can do it ourselves with a few happy reminders. This is my list of things that bring the “sexy” back to maintenance for me:
- I don’t have diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease. How hot is that?
- I can run–fast. This means I’m no longer brain-bait during the zombie apocalypse, and that my legs are really toned and flexible.
- I’m strong–In addition to knowing that I could fight off the undead, I have more poise and confidence because of my physical strength, and nothing is sexier than a little bit of swagger!
- I have a nice fitting butt. I’m not talking about how cute it looks in my size 8 non-mom jeans, I’m referring to the fact that it actually, truly fits in the places that I need it to; bus, train, theater, and restaurant seats needn’t shudder when I squat!
- I’ve found positive replacements for compulsive overeating. I can craft, write, hang out with friends and family, or I can ask my husband to distract me–and actually not care if the lights are on!
- I’m potentially adding additional years to my life by continuing to eat right and exercise–Knowing that I’ll be here longer for those I love puts the very biggest spark into my maintenance program.
So what do you all think? Is losing or maintaining your weight more difficult? What are some things that you do to keep “the sexy” in maintenance?