Thursday, July 14, 2016

July 14th, 2016 I Don't Look For It

July 14th, 2016 I Don't Look For It

I'm fully aware of how the body naturally fluctuates a few or sometimes several pounds in either direction and keeping that in mind--I was ready for anything today. After all the exercise in New York, I wouldn't have been surprised to find the scale below 200. Or, on the other side--up a few pounds. Instead, I somehow caught it within less than a half pound from my last weigh-in on June 8th.
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This represents a .4 pound loss since the last weigh-in on June 8th. I'm grateful for the stability I've found. It feels absolutely incredible to be where I am--and I don't mean physically, although that feels great too, I mean, where I am mentally, within my maintenance plan. Does that make sense? In other words...

As long as I'm maintaining the integrity of my plan, staying active in support and remaining abstinent from refined sugar, It really doesn't matter to me what the scale shows once a month. The scale doesn't follow my Twitter or read this blog. The scale doesn't understand the effort I extend each day and the importance level I apply to what I do. The scale simply provides information based on many different factors each day. I find peace and calm when I maintain my plan each day. I don't look for it or find it in a good weigh-in.

Can I tell you something? Honestly--and I don't mean this to seem ungrateful, but I kind of wanted to see 199 just for the heck of it. Hey- I'm human. And I'm absolutely thrilled about how well maintenance mode is proceeding. I certainly don't need to hit 199--and I don't need it to give me anything other than a novelty type experience. Maybe I'll catch the next one on a bigger down-swing.

Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget. I remained abstinent from refined sugar, I exceeded my daily water goal by more than 24oz and I participated in direct one on one support exchanges. It was a very good day!

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Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Strength,
Sean

4 comments:

  1. Its taken me a long time to realize what weight maintenance might be like for Sean. Based on my own trials and errors I think I finally get it. When I am eating right, eating less, loosing weight I feel awesome. Simple as that.

    With over 2 1/2 years of continuous weight loss periods of maintenance vs periods of weight loss, without gaining any back. All my weight loss occurs when I am eating exactly like the following article link by authority nutrition.

    https://authoritynutrition.com/how-to-eat-healthy/

    When I refer to eating healthy to feel awesome everyday, my nutrition, eating habits is spot on to the link suggest with the only exceptions that it has to be 85% or greater dark chocolate and I do not drink alcohol. I do not worry about how many carbs I eat each day as long as they are from fruits and vegetables. I'm not a coffee drinker, but no problem for coffee lovers. Sean, you have to agree your eating habits are very similar to the one the like suggest.

    The accountability, maintaining the integrity, always avoiding the short term rewards if your lucky enough, could result in eating healthy to feel awesome everyday as I know it effects me. Considering artificial sweeteners and added refined sugar is non negotiable, there is still is a great difference how much worse I feel eating poorly, including foods not recommended by the link vs feeling great when I am at optimum nutrition as the link suggest. Eating habits I find that I thrive on.

    Thanks to your zillion post Sean on weight maintenance I come to the exciting conclusion that I can already start weight maintenance now. Why wait? Making consistently eating to feel awesome everyday are already the eating habits I prefer and crave most. Which is a very self motivating concept, one that I now I already prefer and thrive on. But more importantly believe the majority of us could thrive on. When Sean mentions "As long as I'm maintaining the integrity of my plan, staying active in support and remaining abstinent from refined sugar, It really doesn't matter to me what the scale shows", could be really difficult concept to embrace or understand trapped in a sugar addiction. IMO, the key is finding a way to free yourself of your sugar addiction being the catalyst, centerpiece that becomes most helpful choosing change.

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  2. I'll have to admit Sean, when I saw your scale reading of 203.4, I wondered if you didn't perhaps aspire to see a sub-200 number show up. I'm just guessing that your walking all over the city probably just negated any extra calories you might have consumed from eating out so much while on vacation. I came home from 9 days of vacation, eating out every single day, but being super diligent about my WW points (which I'm doing now....) and lost only one pound. I was disappointed that it wasn't more. I know there was a lot of salt in the food I ate, and I'm guessing even though I got in more exercise than usual and ate on plan, that the sodium accounted for the very low weight loss. I'm not sure now what is accounting for my frustrating lack of losses week after week since I've been home, however. The scale is a tough taskmaster, but it's the only tool we've got to unequivocably determine our progress, and it IS very unbiased. It never lies, and I sure wish I didn't give it so much importance. But it is what it is.

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  3. When I read this story I was reminded of my own fat loss journey.
    Through all the ups and downs and the struggle to keep the weight down, I realized one thing...
    It's all about mindset, really. You can get results but they don't mean anything unless you can appreciate what is happening.
    You see, there is a fundamental mindset switch that needs to take place to truly be successful at fat loss and fitness, for that matter.
    For one thing, most workout programs get you off to the wrong start by stimulating the incorrect metabolic effect.
    To get the greatest metabolic effect from an exercise, you want to get as many muscles involved.
    You can do this the hard way by spending long hours and physically getting as many muscles involved in a given workout or...
    Do it the smart way by enhancing the electrical signals to a group of muscles instead. By working on nerve instead of muscle, you actually end up working on multiple muscles at once and on all of each muscle.
    I've tried everything and this is the only thing that has produced lasting results with minimal effort.

    In fact, this article explains this interesting concept much better than I could...
    http://www.journalofnaturalhealth.com/metabolicfatloss

    Hope it helps anyone reading this!

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  4. It's disappointing when you're hoping for a certain number. You know the old 'calories in/calories out' motto and you KNOW you've expended more out than usual. It's a shame you had to weigh in so close to coming home. Another week may have caught up with your extra exercise but in the end we all know it's not just about the weight. Glad you have such wonderful memories from a happy vacation with the one you love.

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