No matter the plan... we all Blog to Lose!
So, it's been awhile....in the past that would have meant that I fell completely off the wagon, wasn't living a healthy life, and so I was avoiding this place. Not this time! Life is just busy with 2 kids, working, and trying to spend some time with my husband. Life is also kinda boring at maintenance. In the past, I loved posting about weekly progress, sharing pictures, or talking about challenges. Now it just kinda seems like the same old boring talk all the time. However, I will try and share some things I learned along the way and what I am still learning in maintenance.
When I set out to lose weight (this time) I promised myself I would not do anything to lose weight that I wasn't willing to do to maintain weight because I had been super strict in the past and then gained all that weight back. I needed something sustainable that didn't leave me longing for "the end" of the diet so that I could eat all the things I had deprived myself of. Now, that's not to say that I always eat all the things I want because that's how I got overweight in the first place! My motto became "I can have what I want, but I can't have it all" I make choices every day about what is most important to me for that week--spoiler alert, most of the time it's a cheeseburger and fries but this week it was pizza! And this isn't just "maintenance food" I ate that way all the way through losing 68 pounds. My friends jokingly referred to it as my cheeseburger diet because I often said that a life without cheeseburgers isn't worth living.
All that said, I have had a bit of a scale creep over the past few months. I am still well under my official goal weight, but I'm about 4 pounds over my "ideal weight" This means back to strict tracking/measuring for a bit until I get back to where I want to be. This is key for me to maintain. In the past, I would put on 3-4 pounds. Stay that weight for a long time and get comfortable--and then put on another couple pounds. Stay at that weight for awhile and then get comfortable--you get the idea. No more! If I get more than 3 lbs above my goal weight, I go back to basics. Measuring, weighing, tracking every bite. I don't plan to do those things every day for the rest of my life, so that's incentive to stay close to my ideal weight!
Paula mentioned that my kids must be getting big and she's right! So just because you know I'm kinda obsessed with them, here are a couple of cutie pictures to show how much they have grown!