Hitting the Pause Button

I just read on someone’s post about today being October 10, 2010. 10/10/10. How beautiful is that? If I’d been REALLY on the ball, I could have written my post at 10:10 am and it would have been the tenth minute of the tenth hour of the tenth day of the tenth month of the tenth day of this century. I love stuff like that.  I was hoping my son would be born on February 2, 2002  (but was really glad he was born two weeks earlier!) because I thought 2/2/2002 was pretty cool, numerologically speaking.

So this post has nothing to do with magic numbers. It is about being happy with the number you have. It is about giving myself permission to take a break. A break from losing weight. Not a break from being healthy and exercising, but a break from expecting my body to shed any more poundage in this calendar year.  So officially, starting today (well, who are we kidding? I haven’t lost anything in a couple of weeks!) I am no longer stepping on the scale expecting it to be lower.

This is a big deal for me. First – I haven’t made it to my current goal, which was 170. In fact, I’ve gained a couple of pounds and I’m now at 175. Part of me, maybe not the mentally healthy part, wants to just keep pushing and shoving until I get to that goal.

But I’m tired of losing weight. No – that’s not true. I’m tired of trying to lose more weight. I’m tired of worrying about every single bite I put in my mouth and how little I can eat to keep losing. I’m tired of the extreme boot camps and weight loss challenges and  trying to see how much exercise I can fit into one day with the express purpose of losing another pound.

So I’m going to try maintenance for the next three months. The holidays are coming up and I’m going to relax a little and see what happens. Can I maintain my current weight? After all, that’s my ultimate goal: to maintain. To maintain, I’m supposed to eat around 2800 calories a day and exercise at a moderate level for 45 minutes a day. Now, I can’t actually EAT 2800 calories a day unless I spread butter on every bite.  And I still have my safety net – my pouch – which is not going to allow me to eat too much sugar or too much fat without some painful consequences.

So here’s my first stab at a maintenance plan for the Melting Point:

MOVE plan: 30-45 minutes of exercise 5-6 days a week. Try to fit in a long hike or bike ride one weekend day. I am going to start riding my bike several days a week and I’m swimming at least once a week and need to do some weight lifting twice a week to keep up my muscle tone. Seems kind of slack after all I’ve been doing, but also, fun and healthy and normal.

EAT plan: I’m going to concentrate on the Weight Watchers’ Simply Filling technique. If I stick to the focus on lean protein, and add as many veggies as I can eat until I feel SATISFIED (not full, not stuff, just satiated) then I can add in the occasional bit of whole grain bread, brown rice or even, gasp, a bit of baked white potato. (I actually really love sweet potatoes, so not sure when I would do that, just saying I MIGHT.) And I’m going to continue having the weekly cheat meal which allows me to conquer all my cravings for the week. I just say to myself “Self, if you want that, have it. Just plan for it and have it at your next cheat meal.” A lot of times, by the time that rolls around, I don’t want it and have something else. In fact, that happened so often, I had stopped having the cheat meal, which turns out to be a big mistake for me, led to a lot of grazing/nibbling or as we say at WW: Licks Bites and Tastes – LBT’s!

LIVE Plan: I’m starting to explore my dream job. Lots of work to do on that and I’m very excited. I believe that 2011 will be the year that happens. I’m also going to spend as much fun, active time as I can with my son and husband. I will work to see my girl friends more frequently and have people over more. We need to socialize as a family.

THINK Plan: I’m working on my book. Goal: finish the first draft by December 10th – so that’s only 2 months. I’d like to see if I can get it into ebook format by January 1st – traditionally a time when people are looking for inspiration to get going on a life style modification program.

Well, time for a bit of work on my day job. Have a great day everyone!

PS: I decided to post, for reference purposes, where I am as of today. When I check back in on January 10th, I need a baseline for comparison purposes!

Weight: 175, Waist: 34 inches, Hips: 37 inches, Pants size: 12 (some 10’s); Tops: size 10/Medium

One thought on “Hitting the Pause Button

  1. As always….you have a plan…..you don’t “fly by the seat of your pants” like I do….. you have a plan. After the GF weekend, i gained 2 lbs. however, I started well today & am heading to the gym. The current stress in my life isn’t helping but I need to learn to manage that at the same time.

    So off I go! Good luck. I know you will be successful. That’s how PM’s are and you are a great one!

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