Saturday, December 8, 2012

10 Months Weight Maintenance update

10 Months Maintaining
Highest weight 187.5
Current weight: 114.6
Goal weight 115.4
Height 5'1" (I'm short)

Here's the last month of mostly daily weigh-ins. I maintained about a pound higher the second half of the month.

The last two months: See the sharp drop on the left of this graph. I take action if I'm in the 116's for more than 3 days in a row. Usually by removing one fruit serving and keeping my serving of raspberries or blueberries. That takes me right back to goal weight pretty fast.

I had a string of days where I forgot to put a small apple or orange in my lunch. That's how I stumbled along this fix.

Also, activity has something to do with it. I'm more sedentary during the day for the rest of the year. This means I have to bust a move to stay active during my non desk time. It's life, but I can deal.

And finally, the last 3 months of daily weigh ins. I find this graph the most helpful for looking for significant shifts and trends.  I seem to have an area right around my goal weight of 115.4 and another area about 114.6 where I tend to maintain. That's a pretty tight range.

Overall, I'm really happy about how things are going in my first year of maintenance. Pleased that I've prioritized weight maintenance. And, that I can feel comfortable tweeking my diet and exercise, knowing it's within my power to make changes and maintain control. It's all good.

 I even changed up a professional goal so that I would make cooking and exercise more of a priority this year. That's turned out okay. It feels good to put myself first. Everything falls into place and lines up that way. I can attempt the professional goal next year, and have my first year experiences to fall back on and use to keep myself healthy in the second year.  It seemed a little risky at the time, but I'm so glad that I took the chance.

I know life is dynamic and even getting my thyroid levels out of wack or getting sick could change my weight maintenance plan. But, I also know that I'll deal with it no matter what. Like a cat, I will land on my feet. Onward!

Also, I listened to a great podcast where Able James interviewed David Garcia during a long walk at the beach. I could really relate to much of what David Garcia at Keep it up David- had to say about weight maintenance.  And, I always enjoy Able James' podcasts at Fat Burning Man. Great topics great voice. Learning lots. Check out the podcasts as you go about your day. Good stuff.


  1. I love these check in's of yours. Very good to stop and take a look and write it. Yes, I believe that one piece of fruit is your balance point. As I have said, I do not think people realize how fine a point it is, and about keeping ratios.

    1. Thanks Vickie. The monthly check-ins have been my key learning over the year. I definitely change up my plan based on what happened/happens the previous months.

      I read (Thin for Life book?) that you should spend as much time in weight maintenance in a very structured environment as you did in weight loss. That's 10 months for me. Staying very mindful. Looking forward to the National Weight Loss registry in Feb 2013.