As I listened to a fellow member of my weight support group today talking about her challenge in maintaining a healthy goal weight, it got me thinking. She said Ďwhen I reached my goal I felt as though I had turned a corner. Now that Iím around the corner though, I donít feel motivated any more.í Boy, could I relate to that.
Having just gotten back to my own desired weight after a long stray, Iím facing that question about Ďwhat next?í Over the past three months seeing the overall downward trend in my weight was a real motivator and helped me with the choices I was making. In that sense, weight loss was itís own reward.
But this journey cannot simply be about the loss part. It has to be about the changes and the long-term process of staying healthy. There is no Ďfinish line.í To misquote Winston Churchill, perhaps I am merely finishing the beginning.
Part of what will make me continue to feel successful is learning how to acknowledge progress that has nothing to do with a number on a machine. So Iíve got to come up with strategies that help me keep going with positive, healthy choices
Lately, Iíve been buying some new, smaller clothes (GAP had some great stuff that was on major markdown). I also bought some new running shoes, as a way of reminding myself that Iím actually so active now that I need to be mindful of wearing them out.
Another valuable tool is to attend my weekly support meetings, because even though people are at all different stages of the journey, its reassuring and motivational to know that Iím not in this by myself. Listening to the challenges, setbacks, triumphs and experiences of others helps me stay focused.
Iíve set a long-term goal (how I want to look and feel at the beach this summer Ė not just when Iím in a bathing suit). Iíve written that goal down, thought about the steps I need to make it happen, and I keep that paper around where it will catch my attention from time to time.
Oh, and of course thereís always the Skinny Daily. If youíve got some great maintenance strategies, Iíd love to know!