Let me be the first to tell you, if I had a dollar for every pound I lost then regained lost again…I would be on the Shark Tank as an investor 😉 I always say that losing 100lbs was the hardest battle of my life but maintaining it seems to be fighting for that coveted spot.
I have promised myself so many times that I would keep the weight off and not gain again but I think that’s a promise just waiting to be broken, don’t you? I can’t control what circumstances are going to come my way and cause me to look to food for comfort or when the urge to binge will attack me. Yes I can control what I put in my mouth and I am definitely not saying that is an excuse to eat whatever…BUT..I think every woman needs to be honest with herself and accept that our weight will fluctuate. Once I realized that 5lbs above or below my goal didn’t mean that I was doing something wrong, my life became instantly better. When I first hit my goal weight Dec 20th, 2008- I really did believe that I would continue on and weigh the exact same every week. Um…well that bubble got popped!!!! That isn’t possible and at first I found myself struggling and battling to regain control of something I had control of already. Does that make sense?
Let me explain. When the scale would creep up a pound or two, I would flip out and go into over drive which meant exercise more and eat less so my body would begin to hold on to the weight. I then found myself then 10lbs above goal. YIKES. I would pull my journal out and go back to square one with food journaling, the weight would come off. Rinse, repeat, over and over. It was this crazy cycle that never seemed to end.
Now I realize, my weight is going to go up and down some- it’s just the nature of life and that’s ok!! If I am 5lbs above goal, that doesn’t mean I failed. If I am a couple of pounds below goal, it doesn’t mean I am in weight loss mode.
I have learned a lot over the years and here are my top 3 tips for maintaining weight loss and not going into crisis mode like I did many times:
1. Weigh 2 times a month. Max. Yes- I’m serious. Weighing every day makes you crazy. Your weight will fluctuate several pounds. Don’t torture yourself. Weigh biweekly and write it down. Look for monthly patterns (menstrual cycle).
2. Know your Traffic Lights. Green means go, red means stop, orange means caution. This is how I view my weight. Have a number in mind that is your happy number. If you are happy at 135lbs, then allow yourself a 5lb window. So 133-138 is what I consider Green. You are still good. Your weight isn’t a rock, it can’t stay the same. Your orange number may be 139-144- so that is your caution. Example: slow down girl. You need to start being cautious of what you are eating and if you are exercising enough. Red would be possibly 145-149lbs because that is 10-15lbs over goal. This is your STOP time. Whatever you are doing in your current health and fitness plan, it isn’t working. Go back to square one and pull your food journal out. Get to writing. You bite it? You write it. No excuses, you can do this.
3. There is no crisis mode. That was a huge one for me. When I found the scale creeping, I would go into crisis mode. No carbs. No sugar. No starchy veggies. No fruit. More protein. Exercise twice a day. Extra running. Hill running. HIIT training. Lift more. Life faster. Life heavier. More water. No salt. No spice. Girl…if that ain’t crisis mode, I don’t know what is. That is not smart and it is not safe. So what do you do if you find yourself in Orange or Red on your traffic lights? You chill out. Don’t go extreme. What worked to get you to your goal? You already know, right? You’ve done it before. Do it again. Repeat after me: I will not have a natural disaster in my own head.
I hope this helps!!! Remember: you are #goodenough