Regardless of the fact that today was my first weigh-in of the month, I decided not to do an updated picture or measurements. I have been bouncing around within these ten pounds for quite a while now and I don’t think that I will be seeing any difference in the photographic evidence nor the numbers unless I manage to get back to the lower end of the spectrum inside of which I have found myself fluctuating. Which brings me to my next point…
I have had a number of people suggest to me recently that my body is likely struggling a little to catch up to all of the changes I have imposed on it this year. Largely due to that insight, as well as the mental and emotional battles I have experienced with my busy schedule, I have decided that it’s time for maintenance. This won’t be a permanent status, but rather a tool that I will employ for the next month to help me keep my sanity. Not long ago I put together a plan to make sure that I was caring for myself and I think that this fits in well with that. I believe that dropping the focus on weight loss for a few weeks will really help me in the long run.
Specifically, I am taking July off from attempting to lose weight. The one little exception to this is that as of my weigh-in this morning I was over my red line, initial goal of 150 pounds. I am confident that there are a couple of pounds of water weight in my overage which will disappear within a day or two, so as soon as I see the 140’s again I will be comfortable with just being. If I manage to drop a little bit during this time so be it, but I will not be actively pursuing losses over the next four weeks.
I need to learn to accept where I am at in the long run since genuine maintenance is not far off. I think this little exercise will have the happy side affect of preparing me for the lack of losses. I am, of course, aware that I have had a few weeks of gains lately resulting in my recent up and down movement on the scale, but I am talking more about when such things are done with intention. I think practicing for this upcoming circumstance can only be beneficial, and once things are a little calmer in August, I will switch my attention back to trying to lose the last little bit of weight that I would like to drop.
Because of all these temporary changes I am also going to give myself a corresponding mental break. I am removing the timeline of “July 2010” that I have had associated with my Final Goal Weight on the sidebar of this blog. I originally chose that date for my Initial Goal Weight and when I surpassed it in April I felt like I was on enough of a downward trend that simply switching it to my secondary aim was appropriate. I really did want to be finished with the losing part of this journey by the end of this month because I committed to all of this on August 12th and thought that it would be great to say that I did it in a year.
But guess what? It’s not a race! There is no reason for me to push myself just to meet a timeline that doesn’t actually have any bearing on my level of success. I know that I have accomplished an enormous amount over the past 47 weeks and I will continue to have great success even if I stop worrying about the progression of my numbers for one month.
FOOD & BEVERAGES:
- 7 glasses of water
- 1 banana
- 1 golden delicious apple
- 2 glasses sparkling grapefruit drink
- 1 cup pineapple
- 1 cup strawberries
- 4 white chocolates with white chocolate filling
- 2 cups stuffed ravioli in meat sauce with grated cheese
- 3/4 cup fat free peach yogurt with 1 cup wheat and rice flakes granola cereal
- 10 squats