As part of my new focus on maintaining my current weight and healthiness, I’m hosting a series of interviews with other maintaining bloggers. The goal of The Maintenance Series is to show that reaching your goal weight doesn’t mean dropping your healthy habits, and like weight loss, there’s no one answer for everyone.
Name: Lisa Eirene Blog: 110 Pounds and Counting Amount of weight lost: 110 pounds How long you’ve been maintaining: A little over 2 years.
1. When did you realize you were ready to shift from weight-loss to maintenance?
When I first started my goal to lose weight, I set a number for myself. 100 pounds was my goal. When I reached 110 pounds lost my focus became less about losing weight and more about tightening and toning. My body also told me that it was pretty much done losing weight. It became more of a challenge to lose any pounds–like 1 pound a month if I was lucky. I realized that life was less about the number on the scale and more how I FELT. And I felt good!
2. What has been the hardest part of transitioning from losing weight to maintaining your loss?
I went through a short period of time where I thought I could eat anything I wanted. I got a lot more lax on my calorie counting..in fact, I even stopped counting calories for a few months. I thought, "I know WHAT to eat and HOW MUCH. I’m cool." I quickly learned that was not the case and maintenance meant continuing the good habits I had learned: i.e. calorie counting.
3. What have you found most surprising about maintenance?
It’s a lot easier than I thought it would be. There’s no magic pill to lose the weight. It takes hard work, discipline and lifestyle changes. But once those healthy lifestyle changes become your new reality—it’s really hard to go back to the "old ways."
4. What motivates you to continue maintaining?
I will never be 250 pounds again. I love exercising now. I became a runner. I MISS that runner’s high when I don’t run. I’m currently healing from an injury and not running has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’m listening to my body and resting that injury….and in the meantime, I’m discovering new ways to work out so I can continue to be fit.
I lost my 100 pounds through swimming and I still swim 2-3x a week. I love it. It’s relaxing, it makes me happy and it keeps me sane. AND it’s something I can do with my running injury.
5. Do you still weigh yourself? If so, how often?
I weigh myself once a month ONLY. I also measure once a month. It’s basically to keep on top of my maintenance and not start gaining. I don’t need to weigh myself daily or weekly to see that. My weight fluctuates a lot in a month–sometimes a few pounds either way. Food I’ve eaten, salt retention, PMS, whatever I am training for…those all influence how much I weigh.
6. What is your approach to food now?
I am learning to see food as FUEL instead of the enemy. It was a hard lesson to learn. Running taught me that. Being a runner means you have to properly fuel your body for your workouts or you crash and burn. I still count my calories. I have days that I am more lax, and days I am more strict. I track my food, I work out, I eat the food my body craves in moderation.
I was also a vegetarian for a long time. Once I started running, I started to crave meat. All I wanted was a big, juicy steak. It was the most bizarre thing! I am a full-fledged meat eater now!
7. What is your next health or fitness goal?
I just achieved one of my goals on my list: the Hood to Coast Relay Race. ( http://hoodtocoast.com/ ) It’s a 197 mile relay race from Mt. Hood to Seaside. It was the most epic, life-changing experience of my life. I am happy and proud that I was able to participate–and even being injured (I didn’t know yet) I finished my 17 miles without walking. It was a very emotional experience for me.
Some goals for 2011 and 2012 are: The Eugene Half Marathon –I hope! (May) Reach the Beach -80 mile bike ride (May) The Las Vegas Half Marathon (December) A Sprint Triathlon (hopefully) Portland Century Ride — 100 mile bike Ride (July, I think)