Sneaking up on Maintenance!!
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
I am 3.4 lbs from MY goal and not what someone else figures I should weigh!! Now to maintain, something that I have never done. Oh, I've been at goal before but immediately the scale started going up and in a hurry!!! My attitude was wrong all those other times. "Oh great now that I've lost the weight I can start having my favourite foods" which were/are full of sugar and especially chocolates. This time I have been more careful about what I put in my mouth and basically, I cut out refined and sweet junk, upped my dairy and cut out margarine and butter. I didn't cut those items out completely though; I allowed myself a little once in a while just so my inner brat didn't feel too deprived!! Tracking on Spark is my biggest tool. I love being able to see the nutrition content of the foods I ate. Some days, knowing I had already eaten quite a bit I would check to see what nutrients I still needed or didn't need, calories eaten and then I would decide what and how much I could eat for dinner. Some days though I had to have a snack after dinner to bump up my calories, never wanting to go under the lowest number suggested by Spark. I can eat a pile of "healthy" food and still not go over my calorie limit as soon as I stray a little the calories soar and the scale moves upward.
I've joined a Maintenance Team and have started reading some team members' blogs which are full of valuable information and very helpful. Indygirl has been such an inspiration to me and she always writes the BEST blogs. Thank you Beth.
This is a lifetime journey and I believe what I am doing now I can do forever. Cravings are few and far between, I am not hungry between meals very often unless I haven't eaten enough at the last meal!! When I feel that hunger, I go to my computer, take a look at how many calories I have consumed and govern myself accordingly. I always question myself when I have a craving which usually happens in the evening. Am I thirsty, am I bored, am I actually hungry. The odd time I have been hungry so I eat something healthy, not sugary junk. (Mind you I don't have very much of that stuff in the house anymore!!)
I have been going to Curves 5 x a week for the last while and am beginning, finally, to enjoy exercising, adding additional stretches and flexibility "moves."
Keep blogging and sparkling Spark Friends and if you have helpful hints please pass them onto me.