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.
July 9, 2009 at 1:41 am
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!
July 9, 2009 at 2:36 am
I’m so glad you’re “comfortable” at goal! I have no doubt that you will be successful at this maintenance thing…
July 9, 2009 at 7:18 am
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!
July 9, 2009 at 9:39 pm
Hurray for being comfortable at goal. You are definitely making it seem less scary hard than one would think.