Some things will stay the same in 2016, and I'll be changing up somethings in the new year.
Keeping what's working the new year:
1. Weight maintenance - because once you stop focusing on the habits of weight maintaining , I promise you'll find weight gain, if you gain weight easily in the past.
This will be my 4th year of maintenance in 2016, I've kept 65-66 pounds of 70 pounds lost. I'm stronger physically than I've ever been. I like fitting into my size 6 jeans every day. Zip-Zip hooray.
Tracking my food intake, daily weighing, interacting with other maintainers, TOUGH not moderate approach. Sustaining the Refuse to Regain principles. Read that book, no trying, no "hoping", no "wishing" DO. Adjust, refine. No excuses. Just problem solving.
Simple concepts, take time to implement.
I'll still be blogging monthly with my progress and graphs and current photos.
Current. Emphasis on current photos, graphs, and outcomes. Transparency is a currency. Very valuable.
2. Eating Paleo/ Low Carb/ modified Wahl's Paleo Plus/Abstaining from sugars & grains.
It works for me, binge eating switch is off, glucose is normal. All because I chose a food template that works with my body's genetics. Or did the food template choose me? Hmmm... ;)
I'll still be doing small n=1 experiments as the months go.
3. Blogging about weight maintenance using a Paleo/Primal/Low Carb/ NSNG approach.
We need more tools and more people sharing their success stories so that others with similar genetics can have some support- in my opinion. PaleoFx, NSNG, Primal groups are are very informative.
Please, if you blog, post some current photos. Update your progress, what's working for you? What didn't work? Those who have lost weight and are seeking to keep it off need a variety of maintainers, long term. Look beyond 1-2 years. Look at the 3+ years and longer.
Seek out the long term maintainers who use methods that are similar to your own genetics, age, template.
I still believe a no sugar (or super low)/ no grains approach is underused in long term health and long term weight maintenance for many, but not all. And that is okay.
4. Reading, learning, exchanging ideas.
I'll still be hanging out with the NSNG, Paleo, Low Carb crowd. They are my people.
There is no one right way, but there 2-3 ways that will work better for your health and genetics. Find what works, practice that.
Tomorrow, a post on a few new things for 2016, nothing earth shattering. But a few things that will strengthen my 4 year maintaining habits.
Here's what didn't work during my failed attempts at weight loss/maintenance
1. Failing to adapt practices and address root causes that even got me to maintaining for a few months. Hoping, wishing, I don't know (yes I did know!), supposing were all ineffective magical thinking words I used.
2. Moderating low fat, low calorie junk food because it fit my calories/WW points
3. Not adapting a low inflammatory, glucose stable food template based on my lab work and genetics.
4. Not continuing my education long term.
Safe travels to you all as the sun sets on 2015
|Low King Tide 12/26/2015, Carlsbad Cliffs|