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Maintenance Is Like Plateau, But Better July 9, 2009

Filed under: body image,diet,emotions,health,weight — Susan @ 12:24 am
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So I’ve been “officially” at goal weight for two weeks, but I think more like a month or more because before that, I was less than a pound away.  The funny thing is is that before I hit that arbitrary Magic Number, I was at a Plateau (which everyone hates and dreads) and since I hit the number, I’m at Maintenance. But really there’s no difference. It’s all kind of silly.  Just something I’m noticing.

Somebody asked today if Maintenance was Hard, Easy, or Medium. I wouldn’t exactly say it’s EASY, but it isn’t hard either. It just… is. I think our bodies actually pretty much like staying in one place, which is why losing is hard(er).  I think it likes plateaus. I’m pretty much doing the same stuff as I have been all along but I definitely hit a wall of having weight just go away. I’d have to step it up in ways I can’t quite fathom in order to lose more right now.

I’m going to hang out here for a while. But it did occur to me that just a few months ago if my weight wasn’t budging, I’d be deeply unhappy. Now I see my body as just kind of resting, and stabilizing. I would like it if I could lose another bit of weight. I know I still have pudge in various areas that I’d like to lose. But I’m not desperate to do it, and feel like it will eventually happen. It might take me a year to lose another 5 lbs.  And that’s okay.

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4 Responses to “Maintenance Is Like Plateau, But Better”

  1. angie Says:

    Okay Foodie… I am going to get there someday! I totally agree our bodies like to stay where they are at. I can not try to hard to stay where I am at, but to lose I have to really work at it. I am excited to someday reach the point of maintenance!

    Congratulations… You have worked hard and you deserve to feel great about your accomplishments!

    XO Angie

  2. Hanlie Says:

    I’m so glad you’re “comfortable” at goal! I have no doubt that you will be successful at this maintenance thing…

  3. JustJenni Says:

    Thanks, that’s how I was hoping it would be, I just don’t want to get TOO comfy here, ya know? I have been on a plateau for a year, losing 20 pounds over 12 months. The first 20 came off in 3 months. So my body knows how to do maintenance, but now I actually want it to do it also. Thanks for posting this for me Foodie!

  4. Hurray for being comfortable at goal. You are definitely making it seem less scary hard than one would think.


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