A Little More Each Day

One working mama learning to run & to maintain my 100+ pound weight loss!

Friday Favorites: A focus on weight maintenance

on April 11, 2014

Some weeks, I realize the blogs I’ve flagged for follow up or re-reading have a common theme and this was definitely one of those weeks. In my first couple of weeks of re-focusing myself on really maintaining my weight where it was pre-half marathon, I apparently have maintenance on the mind. I thought I’d share some of my favorite blogs that look at the maintenance side of the weight loss equation.

First up, Leanne has been working on finding some balance in her eating so that she maintain in a place she feels healthy without restricting herself much. She’s struggled with binge eating, which I can definitely sympathize with, and has been working recently on a very structured journaling process to deal with situations that were previously triggers for binge episodes. This week’s temptation was one I can definitely relate to – a day without witnesses. There’s something about a lack of witnesses that makes it harder to keep your hands on the reins and she has rocked it so far this week! Check this post with an example of the journaling process in action. I am so grateful that she’s been so honest about her struggles and successes in this never-ending journey.

When I first started looking for resources on maintaining weight loss, I ran across the Adventures in Maintenance (AIM) link-up. This is a series of bloggers who focus once a month on some aspect of maintaining weight loss. They’ve each lost of varying amounts of weight and have been maintaining that weight loss for a while now. While their blogs focus on various other aspects of their lives during the rest of the month, once a month all of give their answers on a particular issue relating to maintaining weight loss. Many of the questions they answer actually come from their readers. The last two months have been topics that I’ve found particularly helpful. Last month, they each talked about the  “last straw” that got them started with their weight loss and lifestyle changes (see Shelley’s answer here and Cammy’s here – links to the other AIM posts in their blogs). I definitely had a “last straw” moment on my birthday that got me started but I really enjoyed their stories of getting started without that big “aha” moment. You just have to decide do it – don’t wait for a big moment.

This month’s topic was definitely something I struggled with a few months ago – how do you know when you’re done losing weight and ready to try to maintain? It’s an answer that’s different for every person, so I really appreciate hearing how it worked for several different successful maintainers (Shelley here, Cammy here, Lynn here). I appreciate that it may be a moving target and the place we choose as maintenance may have less to with the number on the scale and more to do with how we feel. Ladies, I appreciate you all! (And I particularly appreciate vicariously reliving my college days a bit by reading about the places Shelley runs since she lives near Texas A&M – I always miss the bluebonnets this time of year!)

Speaking of maintenance, I’m apparently finally getting  used to looking at my normal self because I came across this picture of myself kissing the Blarney Stone a several years ago (2010 I think) and barely recognized myself. I’m putting together a sort of career day talk I’ve been asked to give and many of the pictures of the cool places I’ve been with my work are of me pre-weight loss. I’m a little concerned that I may be asked about how different I look, or that it will distract from the rest of what I have to say so I’m trying to decide what to do about it. Maybe just cool pictures of places without me in them would be better? There are seriously too few times in life to share pictures of kissing the Blarney Stone though. I’d hate to miss one.

Kissing the Blarney Stone 3 years ago - I can't believe how much I've changed!

Kissing the Blarney Stone 3 years ago – I can’t believe how much I’ve changed! (Although this is not a flattering angle for anyone)

 

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9 responses to “Friday Favorites: A focus on weight maintenance

  1. That is awesome that you got to kiss the Blarney stone!!

    You pose a good question here… how do you know when you’re read to lose weight vs maintain it? I definitely agree it’s about how you feel, but without going underweight. I keep thinking about Rachel from BL15 and how she said she was ‘healthy’ at 105 lbs. That weight, even though she felt great, just seems dangerous to me (I am so glad she gained 20 lbs back now though)!

  2. Kristin says:

    You’re so amazing and inspirational and I think your weight lose journey is absolutely breathtaking. As far as your career day talk, I’d go with your instinct and do what makes you feel comfortable! In all your pictures, you’re an amazing woman!! You are indeed!!

  3. leannenalani says:

    That is amazing that you didn’t really recognize yourself in that photo! It takes a long time to really see yourself as you are post weight-loss. I think I’m finally there, too.

    I texted Mike this morning talking about how proud of myself I am for not going overboard this week because I’ve been alone all week. I said being alone all day was a trigger for some reason and he replied that it’s boredom. haha If only he knew, right? It’s so much more than boredom, but at least he expressed his support regardless.

    I’ll have to check out those other blogs on weight maintenance. I wish they were on WordPress so they’d show up in my feed.

    • It is a lot easier when they’re on the same platform, isn’t it? I have such a hard time commenting on other non-Wordpress blogs from my phone and yet that’s where I do most of my blog reading! My husband doesn’t get it either, but at least he realizes that there is something he isn’t getting. 🙂

      On Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 12:46 PM, A Little More Each Day wrote:

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  4. It’s funny how we mark blogs to go back to and read and then realize that there is a theme there that we need. It’s nice to be able to have a resource of real people who are handling/dealing with/going through the same things as you.

    I wouldn’t worry about the pictures, the talk is not about your weight so don’t focus on it. And, no, nobody would look good from that angle.

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