Saturday, March 31, 2012

Got Rid Of Those 10 Pesky Pounds!

So about 5 weeks ago I made mention that I had picked up 10 pounds over the winter, something I do every year cause I have a tendency to slack off on exercise (I'm an outdoor power-walker) and ramp up on the margarita and TV Time.  Such is life - I pay close attention to my body and manage any slight gains (I consider 10 pounds to be a minor nuisance) pretty well.

Lest you think I am bragging, I am not!  But since I did manage to lose 70 pounds totally on my own without any crazy diets, gym memberships or paid programs, I am quite confident in my abilities to manage my weight long-term and now that I am approaching 6 years of success I have a pretty good handle on the ins and outs of weight management, at least in terms of MY body.

Well anyway, I made some minor adjustments... actually I simply got back into my normal daily routines and started dropping an average of 2 pounds per week, and am now back where I need to be.

One of the real peculiar things about weight loss is that you reach thresholds pretty quickly where you can't lose any more weight.  In other words, the actions that caused me to lose 2 pounds per week don't cause the same amount of decrease indefinitely.  Thus, I don't expect to see much more pounds lost now that I am back in my normal routine.  This particular balance of food and exercise seems to work fine for getting me to and holding me at a certain level (70 pounds lost) but doesn't take me any further.  In order to kill another 10 pounds, I would have to make significant changes to burn off more. 

That was one of my early lessons with weight loss.  When you hit a plateau, you have to up your game plan in order to move beyond.  And eventually one day you will max out again, or at least reach a level that you are comfortable with the balance between effort and results.

And that is why weight management is truly all about sustainable lifestyle change!   If you are going to do it, do it right or don't do it at all.

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