Another Monday and it's been delightfully relaxed for me. Brian let me sleep in this morning and I slept soundly until about 10:30am. Nice. Then, I got up and had a shower and was lazy for a little while. And to top that off, Brian offered to get up an hour early from his sleep (cuz he has to work nights tonight) so that I wouldn't' have to drag all 3 children down to Will's swimming lessons. What a sweetie. He went to bed an hour early, but still.
My WI this morning saw me up a pound again and I decided for sure. I'm going maintenance for the summer. Would you like to hear my reasoning?
First, I'm tired of focusing on weight loss. Sick and tired...so if I can maybe focus on maintaining, maybe I'll recharge a little bit. An extra 4 points a day, while not a huge amount...is something that will take a little bit of pressure off...I hope.
Second, I think something that helped in my success so far is making attainable and realistic goals for myself. Almost every time I set a weight goal for myself, I'd always give myself a couple pounds wiggle room. I usually hit my goal a week early, so it was attainable and I always felt so good about it. This past goal I set, I didn't leave myself wiggle room. I set it for 165 instead of 168, which I would have before. Last week I was at 169.8...which means I would have had to lose 1.8 lbs in a week instead of 4.8. I do think if I'd have been closer to my goal, I would have pushed myself a little better this week. Instead, I kinda gave up. It's all a head game for me now. So, all that to say...I'm having a hard time keeping up with the weight loss right now, but I do think I can maintain and I want to be successful at what I decide to to.
Third, this isn't a race. It feels like it sometimes and of course I'd rather be finished this weight loss thing...but at the end of the day, it's not a race. Do you ever find if you allow yourself the option of slowing down, you find the energy to keep going? I find that with my running. Sometimes when I just don't think I can go anymore I tell myself to go for 1 more minute and then I can stop running and walk for a while. After that minute, as often as not, I'm able to run longer instead of walking. But sometimes, I really need to walk. And right now, I think maintenance is like walking. I need to walk for awhile people...I'm tired of running. I'm not ready to get off the treadmill though.
Fourth, I'm hoping that sitting at the same weight for a while might give my skin some time to catch up.
So, I'll continue to exercise. I'll continue to count. I probably won't post my WI's over the summer (though I might). I'm gonna work on loving me for who I am and having a LOT of fun with my kids.