If you are still where I was not so long ago, this article is not for you. If you are still in the weight loss phase of your transformation, then this article is not for you. But, if you have reached you goal weight and are generally happy with your current status, then this article might be for you.
I spent the better part of the past 12 months trying to bring myself through appropriate lifestyle and eating habit changes, to a goal weight of 185 lbs. Having now reached that first goal, I have now had to re-evaluate my current status and have in many ways reached what I’ll call my “what now or what’s next” phase of weight loss and for me that would be weight loss maintenance.
Even thought the BMI indices would require me to lose another 15 lbs., I honestly am not sure at this point where it might yet come from. I still feel that I have somewhere between 5 and 10 lbs. to loose, mostly around my belly area but I am at a point that overall I am very satisfied with my current weight. My body hit a wall with regard to weight loss about 6 weeks ago at 185 lbs., and no matter what I’ve tried I’ve not budged lower at this time. I have however lost another inch in my waist so the body transformation is not yet complete but my body is making a statement that it’s happy where I am for the moment.
So what now? Well for me, it’s going to be more about maintenance than weight loss for the next 6 months. I have reduced my calorie intake to a new goal of about 1650 per day vs. the 1850 per day that I was maintaining in the hopes that I might still reach that elusive 170 lb. mark, but frankly it’s not something that I’m going to worried about for now.
In my case, a diet adjustment was in order though. If you’ve followed this blog at all in the one pound weight loss category, you know that I chose the “low carb diet” route which for me worked very well. The downside to a diet like that over the long term depending how restrictive you’ve been, is that you can quite literally “run out of energy” for lack of fat for your body to burn. With my new found love of running, I need energy to do that and that meant I needed to add some more carbs to my diet.
The key is to add “good carbs” and not just empty processed carbs. I have now added whole wheat bread and pasta back to my diet. I have also added some potato a couple times a week to my diet as well. I am also now eating oatmeal and other cereals a few times a week as well. I have started eating fish 2 -3 times per week which I thought would kill me as I was never a big “fish eater” in the past. Guess what? I found out that with the use of some good recipes, that I actually now like fish more than I remembered! At any rate, I have also added more vegetable based carbohydrates to my diet as well to aid in keeping my energy levels up.
Today I made my 2nd 7+ mile run and my energy levels seem to be sufficient to maintain a high enough energy level for me to comfortably make a 7 mile run with out feeling exhausted. I am preparing to run a 10K in May with my younger son and oldest daughter. While this will not be a race run to win, we do hope to make the run in something around 50 minutes. Today’s run was closer to 57 minutes so we have a bit to go over the next few weeks until May 9th when the 5/3 River Bank Run occurs.
I still feel better than I ever have and can’t say enough about losing the weight and exercising at least 5 days a week. I’ve actually maintained a 7 day regimen so far but my daughter keeps telling me I need to learn to take a “rest day” now and then. I will take that under consideration but not right now. I need to stick to my 7 day regimen for now. I am determined that this will remain a lifestyle for me and for now I need to do it “everyday” to reinforce that. I did however promise to sway a couple of running days for cross training days after our May 10K run is completed. I currently do that only once per week now.
Leaving the unhealthy you behind is but “one pound ago” so get started today if you haven’t already. You will be amazed at how fantastic you will feel and you will also find yourself doing things you never thought possible…I ran 7.4 miles today, OH MY GOSH! That’s so cool for me to think about as I could barely walk a mile 15 months ago! Get going!