I haven’t written much lately about my weight maintenance. I have a bariatric doctor visit this afternoon, so I figure that now is the perfect time to share how things are going. I weighed in at the gym yesterday for a “Turkey Burn” contest that they’re having the entire month of November. For every five gym visits you receive entry into a drawing for a $100 gift card. On your tenth visit, you get a nifty tee-shirt, and if you lose any weight during the month you get additional prizes. Anyone who knows me, knows that I’ll do just about anything for a prize, so I’m super stoked about my gym’s event this month!
Yesterday’s weigh-in showed that I’m still slowly losing weight even though I’ve significantly increased my calories. With clothes and shoes on I’m at 134 lbs., so that most likely means that I’m around 130-132 sans apparel. Today, I’m having my metabolism measured to get a clearer picture of just how many calories I’m burning at rest. This should aid in creating a plan of how much I should be eating and working out. It seems to be a fine balancing act, but I guess I should be happy that my metabolism has substantially increased. I remember when it was nonexistent!
Right now, I’m eating about 1600 calories per day. As far as exercise is concerned, I continue to do 30 minutes of cardio per day for heart and lung health, but the bulk of my workouts have centered around strength training. My focus has mostly been on my core and legs. After having a rather substantial pectoral pull about a month ago, I’ve done only arm work that won’t agitate my nearly-healed left pec. I need to meet with my trainer again soon for an updated plan.
So far, I’ve found maintenance be relatively easy. I owe this ease to the habits created through following the advice of my doctor and weight loss counselor at the bariatric center. I’ve been at this for eleven months now, and my way of eating and exercising has become second nature. I do remember months ago wondering if it would ever feel easy, and happily, I know that it eventually does. Of course, as human nature dictates, I still have days, here and there, when I feel lazy and unmotivated, but I forgive my indiscretions and move on. Here are a few things that help to keep me in check as I maintain my weight loss:
- My wardrobe– I’ve donated ALL of my “fat clothes.” If I regain weight I literally won’t have anything to wear (not even underwear!).
- My fridge and pantry– These two holders of nutrients shelter absolutely nothing but healthy foods and I feel no guilt for this. My kids are grown, my husband has high cholesterol, and I don’t need the temptation of snack foods. You live with me and you want to eat junk, then do it elsewhere! 🙂 I actually crave healthy foods now.
- My husband and kids– Nearly everyday they tell me how proud they are of me and I think that’s the most awesome compliment ever. I can’t let them down. I strive to stay healthy for the people I love!
- The nice lady who checks me in at the gym– As I leave the gym, I always tell Sandra, “I’ll see you tomorrow!” Just knowing that she’ll be expecting to check me in “tomorrow” makes me want to keep my word and go. So far, I haven’t let her, or myself, down lately!
- Our three requested waitresses at Carrabba’s– My husband and I eat out about once a week and we always go to Carrabba’s Italian Grill. Their food is made fresh to order. There are healthy grilled items and steamed vegetables on the menu that are delicious. They honestly have the best grilled chicken that I’ve ever eaten. Darling Mandy, Racheal, and Denise have watched me shrink over these past eleven months, and they’ve carefully consulted the kitchen staff to make certain that my food has no added oil. Just knowing that they expect that I’ll be eating healthily holds me accountable.
- This picture–
I’ve shared this shot in the past. It’s me at the bariatric center, on the day that I first began Optifast. I thought I was rockin’ that animal print sweater, but now I see that I looked like a baked potato with legs. I felt even worse than I looked; tired, short of breath, anxious, and sick. I never want to look, or feel, like that again.
I’ll post my results from today soon. What motivates you to change or maintain? Hope everyone is having an awesome Thursday! 🙂