Probably the one of the most important times for someone who has yo-yo dieted. The beginning of the end of weight loss. The beginning of the next phase of the rest of life as a thinner person. Food, emotions, new habits, living life in a new body, maintaining the loss. Transition was exiting and a little stressful.
Weight maintenance was something that escaped me- for 40 years! I was exhausted from trying. People often say: "I don't want to white knuckle this". Me neither, so back to planning the first year.
Being on a packaged weight loss plan and with my prior experiences at regaining while counting points at Weight Watchers, I knew I'd have to do something different. There are as many ways to maintain weight as there are people. Lots of paths, the only one I needed to pick was the one that was best for me. Like PC or Mac- one is going to be better for me than the other.
|I choose Mac, Feb 2012|
Overall Goal #1 : Maintain the first year. Regaining more than 5-10 lbs was not an option.
Training tool #1 : Book from an expert, be a student!
Planning: After reading the Refuse to Regain book (Barbara Berkeley, MD) AND knowing that gluten was likely contributing to my emotional/binge eating, it was time to plan the first 90 days.
Mini-goal #1: 90 day opt out from the Refuse to Regain book. No grains, very little processed sugar, no starchy food. BE TOUGH, not moderate. The food that got me overweight was not going to help me in the first 90 days!
Tool: Structure :I could recognize that moderation of junk was going to get me into weight gain pretty fast. Ignoring past history would send me right back up the scales-AGAIN. Repeating the past was a form of white knuckling it. It's emotionally draining to repeat the past. I thrive on structure. Having structure worked well for me. I started the 90 day opt out the day I hit goal weight. No fiddle farting around, no cheese cake celebration, no snickers bars because they fit into points range. All of that got me overweight in the first place!
A few weeks after I hit maintenance, I jogged across the bridge from Augusta, Georgia into South Carolina. There is literally a line in the bridge. I crossed that line, mentally and physically. Feeling happy, scared, but confident I would find what works. Next up- being a student in weight transition, learning to eat real food again. That was training tool #2.
1. Reading about weight maintenance about 2-3 months before reaching it.
2. Planning to succeed at weight maintenance. I was the 5%
3. Discarding past behaviors, habits, foods
4. Setting up a structured plan from day 0.
What did not work in the past
1. Not studying about what worked for weight maintenance (sorry a 20 page pamphlet from WW is NOT going to get me the details I need for planning to be successful with a 95% failure rate). What. Was. I. Thinking!? I was not thinking! Not planning! I was the 95%
2. No plans for maintenance, other than going to my WW meeting. Then ditching when I gained wait. No root cause analysis.
3. Going back to the behaviors, habits, foods that caused me to gain weight!!! Huge issue here.
4. Celebrating weight maintenance with... food!
When I jogged across that bridge in Georgia, I did not know what was on the other side. I found something funny and something beautiful. I found a building that looked like the town hall from the movie Back to the Future. Then I saw a great sunset on the Savannah River. Weight transition was so worth it.
|I need a nuclear reaction to generate the 1.21 gigawatts of electricity..|
|Savannah River- sunset|