Weight-Loss Maintenance

One of my biggest fears/concerns/worries about losing more than 100 pounds has always been keeping it off. I’ve watched countless people in my life lose weight and then put it right back on — over and over and over again. And the statistics aren’t in my favor, either:

95 percent of people who lose a significant amount of weight gain it back within three years. ~”Joining the Thin Club” by Judith Lederman

Maintenance is scary for me. Always has been, always will be.

I’ve said this before: I’m not done losing weight. I think I have about 15 pounds or so more to go before I’ll be where I’m ready to stop working to lose weight. But, I did take a hiatus from focused weight loss over the past few months as I started learning how to feed my body for endurance training and long-distance running. I’m working on the balance of “calories in, calories out.” And, you know what I realized today?

I’ve been maintaining my weight loss marvelously. I’m within the same four-pound range I’ve been for several months now. And I’m perfectly happy with that. Actually, I’m thrilled. Cuz here’s something else: I’m actually a size or so smaller than I was about six months ago, too.

Funny thing about focusing on eating good, quality foods and giving your body what it needs — you don’t gain weight and you feel better (mentally and physically).

I know I have the tools it takes to get the rest of this weight off when the time comes. But I did seriously doubt my ability to maintain this loss. Turns out, that doubt was unfounded. So, no, I’m not losing weight. But I’m not really trying, either.

“If you don’t do what’s best for your body, you’re the one who comes up on the short end.” ~Julius Erving

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