January 14th, 2017 It Isn't
I think sometimes it's very easy for someone to look at what I do and how I'm maintaining my plan and get the impression that it's somehow easy for me. It isn't. I think it's also easy for someone to forget the nearly two decades of struggle near, at, or above 500 pounds... it's certainly not easy for me to forget. The failed attempts, time and time again--sabotaging myself over and over--lose, gain, lose, gain--on plan, off plan--and so on...for nearly two decades. When I started writing this blog over eight years ago, I started turning those nearly two decades into my own personal study of what worked and mostly what didn't. Suddenly, what I perceived to be a collection of worthless past failures became very valuable lessons.
The things I do each day are not for show. The logging, the accountability picture tweets, the strong connections to giving and receiving support, the writing of this blog, the production of my podcast, the planning, preparing, cooking, weighing and measuring everything, the daily prayer and meditation--these things and more are my rails of support. And without them, I can't promise you the same steady maintenance mode.
Is it all solid? Not by a long shot. The only thing that's solid is my food plan and a willingness to do the work necessary to maintain its integrity. I eat what I like and nothing I don't within the boundaries of a generous maintenance budget. And I feel like, in a way, I've earned that calorie budget--like a reward of sorts from my metabolism for getting this far and giving it what I do. The food plan has evolved, of course, but it's still been "what I like and nothing I don't" from Day 1. That's it--I have a solid food plan.
I'm lacking in every other area. Rest, exercise, spiritual--every other area needs increased attention. And I know--if I continue lacking in these other areas, it'll eventually infect the strongest areas of my personal plan.
This here thing isn't easy. It might come off that way with day after day of "hey--today was great!" But trust, I work at it each day. I focus. I learn. I take extraordinary care. I understand that this is never a given. It's never automatic. And it's never guaranteed. I start fresh each day and try to add one more to the streak.
The latest episode of Transformation Planet released tonight. Hope Williams Church is my special guest! I first met Hope and her husband Jeremy at the Today Show in New York City.
Hope Williams Church shares how she made it to almost 300 pounds, tried to lose weight in different ways, many times, plus how and why this time was different. She's lost over 150 pounds. Now, in maintenance mode, her plan requires extraordinary care each and every day--and it's a plan she loves! She's a proud member of the Today Show's JoyFit Club. Stay up to date with Hope when you follow her Facebook blog Healthy Happy Hope.
Hope has a wonderful story. I know she would totally get the first part of tonight's blog post because she also applies the same level of extraordinary care to her maintenance mode as she did while she was in weight loss mode.
Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget. I remained refined sugar-free. I met my daily water goal. And I stayed well connected with great support.
I finally watched the movie I've attempted to watch twice! Sully starring Tom Hanks and directed by Clint Eastwood, was fabulous. I stayed awake through the whole thing! In honor of Hope, I enjoyed some air-popped popcorn and apple slices as my #lastfoodofday.
Thank you for reading and your continued support,