Monday, January 25, 2010

Maintenance

I am well aware from personal experience that maintenance is much harder than losing. Getting close to it has me thinking a lot about it even before I am there. My thoughts this weekend were focused around the idea that when people are losing and attending WW meetings, it's all very, very exciting stuff. And that can keep someone "out of the cookie jar" for a long time--the competition with oneself and the praise from others, it all has a person feeling really good. But then one day it just ends. You're there. But the fun and excitement is gone. What are you left with that will keep you on this plan that takes a lot of effort to stay on? Yeah, I know, we all want to stay looking good and feeling good. But somehow it's not enough. The fun and excitement is over.

So, I had an idea for myself. What if I turned my passion for using healthy cooking into a blog about weight loss, healthy cooking, kitchen tips and product tips? That could keep me excited about staying at my goal weight. Because I can't very well write a blog about it if I gain in all back! So, let me know what you think. How do you keep this going day after day?

6 comments:

QZB said...

I have a long way to go 'til maintenance, so I haven't yet considered the possibility that the excitement will ever wear off. You raise a really good point. I think the blog (and your coaching efforts) will be fantastic motivation for you, not to mention for us who read it!

Wendy and Sophia said...

We are going to get you there together.

Lindsay said...

What I've decided to do is finally throw away all of my "fat" clothes. So if I start to stray from my lower weight, the clothes get a little tighter, and I know I need to ramp it back up, pay closer attention to what I'm eating, and maybe spend a little extra time exercising. So yeah, staying in the clothes I own is a huge motivator for me to maintain my goal weight (I'm not quite there yet, either, but this is my plan, anyway).

Wendy and Sophia said...

That is an excellent thing to thing about Lindsay. I am ready to give away my old clothes now too.

noreenh said...

Hi Wendy, Have you become a vegan with this change? I am excited to try some of these recipes and I am hitting the market today. I am in a weight rut and this is just great to get motivated thanks!

Solganik said...

No, I am not a vegan, or even a vegetarian. The type of eating that I am doing has a term, coined by the doctor who writes about it, "Nutrarian." It means eating food with the highest nutrient content per calorie. For example, kale and collard greens are the foods with the absolute highest nutrient content per calorie. It turns out that when you learn to eat this way (and I find it ultimately satisfying and exciting) the pounds drop off. I have NEVER been considered "skinny" and I just might be skinny now. It feels great on every level. His name is Dr. Joel Fuhrman and the book is called "Eat to Live." Let me know if you read it!

 
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