8 Weeks of Maintenance...What I've Learned
I'm the first to admit, maintaining fat loss after hitting a goal is the hardest thing for me. I can hit my goals when I work towards them.
I can keep my head in the game and turn away junk food or make sure I get my butt in the gym when I need to.
But when it comes to maintaining....I fall short.
I used to think it was because I was on the "wrong" maintenance plan for nutrition and/or program. And I would try every maintenance program and nutrition out there. I was convinced it had to be that.
But I was wrong and I finally realize that.
These pics are from yesterday morning...P decided she needed to join in on the fun ;)
Over the past 8 weeks I really have taken a look at ME and why I gain the weight/fat back after hitting my goals.
I have found out that I am an "All or nothing" type of person when it comes to my nutrition.
When I'm working towards my goals, I know what I can and cannot eat.
I have a plan in place.
I know when I can have those "reward" meals and when I need to pass up the cookies that I am offered.
Then after I hit my goal....I tell myself, "Good job! Now EAT!!!" And I let myself eat whatever, whenever.
I rationalize and I ruin all the hard work I put in while working towards my goal.
So this time I decided I needed a better plan.
I needed a plan that let me eat what I want, but not whenever I want.
And that's exactly what I have been doing over the past 8 weeks and it has worked.
Since hitting my last goal 8 weeks ago, I have only gained back 3 pounds.
Now you might be saying..."But you still gained scale weight back!"
True, but only gaining 3 pounds instead of the usual 10-15 (yes...that much), is a HUGE success. Remember...baby steps.
I have "softened" up a little, but that is to be expected. I'm not training the same way as I was leading up to the photo shoot back in October. And I am not eating 100% clean, meaning I am having 2-3 reward meals a week instead of only 1 or none.
So what exactly have I learned???
- I have learned that it doesn't need to be "All or Nothing" when it comes to maintenance nutrition. I can...as cliche as it sounds, have my cake and eat it too. ;)
- I have learned just like I need a plan for reaching a goal, I need an even better plan for maintaining that goal. I can't just leave it to chance and let myself eat, eat and eat!
- Lastly, I have learned that I need to keep myself just as accountable to maintaining as I do for reaching my goals.
I have heard from a lot of clients and other women and men that this too is probably the hardest part for them when it comes to fat loss. This is one of the reasons why I like to talk about it.
Make sure you check back next week when I go over exactly what I have been doing to maintain and why I chose this way.