Starting weight 187.4 lbs
Goal Range 115-125 lbs
Current Weight 124.0 lbs
Keeping off 63.4 lbs
Time in maintenance 4 years, 3 months
Menopause 2+ years
Auto-Immune Hashimotos 1997
Food Addict in Recovery: 5th year
I'm holding steady. 123's and 124's.
No binge urges, no slippery slope thinking
Very stressful month with work stuff. It happens. Stress at work or at home happens. It's what I do about it -Meditate (or don't do anymore- like sooth with junk food).
What's working this month,
1. Low Carb, Paleo-ish, abstaining from trigger foods template. 98% of my food is prepared at home, with largely unprocessed items.
2. Head Space app meditation package 10-20 mins
3. Prioritizing sleep over blogging and reading.
4. Walking 14-15,000 steps per day. 2 gym sessions per week.
Maslow's triangle. The prioritization of your habits will be a huge, huge tool in weight maintenance.
Read more about that here: Wiki Maslows Hierarchy of needs
I used to be a re-gainer, just like the Biggest Loser contestants. Until I got to my root causes, got some counseling about putting myself first and working on the basics, then working on the complex. For those who already have the basics of the triangle, there's much work to be done for finding root causes and getting personalized treatment of obesity.
When I'm stressed out, I prioritize sleep above all else. Blogging can wait. It's a hobby. Blogging is at the tip top of the life triangle. It's a privilege and will take a back seat to the basics.
What didn't work in the past- item #1 has a food trigger warning
1. Low fat, high carbs from WW frozen meals and Skinny Cow - used to be 2 points now 5 points- ice-cream sandwiches. Because they fit into my points for the day, but ignoring the fact I was eating them and morbidly obese and I really could not stop. The extra hunger hormone, the insulin, the glucose- perfect metabolic storm. I can't even with my prior food template.... painful.... physically and mentally. Food addiction sucks. Because you know what you can do with 1 point of M&Ms, stick them on the side of a Skinny Cow, and there's LOW FAT chocolate syrup and BOOM y'all I have a low points sundae. Lordy!!!
2. I did not take time out to quiet my mind. TV, eating the Skinny cows because I deserved them while watching the Biggest Loser. My daughter recalls this memory the most from my morbid obesity days. Oh my..... It's always better late than never. Now, I can laugh about it.
3. I thought I was running with the effective professionals by only sleeping 5-6 hours a night. I used to think I could get caught up on the weekends. I was very wrong.
4. I used to think 4-5,000 steps was "a lot" for the day. I still walked when I was obese, but it was a lot harder and my joints really hurt a lot. That inflammatory food and the extra weight. I don't miss it.
Next up, tool #2 for weight maintenance- one EVERYONE hates, but has been an essential daily habit for me and my slippery slope thinking..... Guess below....
Anymore thoughts on the Biggest Loser article? Good life coaches, shrinks, and a genetic match to a food template would go far for all of us, in my opinion.
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