This month’s AIM topic comes from the AIM: Ask Us (Almost) Anything responses. (We love when you ask us questions!)
How did you know when to transition to maintenance from loss mode? Was it a number or a size or something else? Did you struggle to not want to “lose a little more”?
Such great questions, and I’m not just saying that because I know the answers.
Way back in 2008, around the minus-75 pound mark, I started thinking about how far I wanted to take the weight loss. I hadn’t set out to lose 100 pounds; I’d just wanted to lose “some weight” while I built a life based on healthier eating and consistent exercise. In fact, when I first started working with a trainer, I was asked to set my goal weight. I told them I had no idea, that I’d know when I was there, but size 12 or 14 sounded good. (I honestly didn’t think single-digit sizes were within my reach.)
Since I was still considered “overweight” at minus-75 pounds, I continued doing what I was doing. I felt great and loved the improved appearance of my body. As I told several people at the time, if my weight loss stagnated at any point in that range, I’d have been more than satisfied. (Yes, I do use words like stagnate when I’m talking, which explains, to some degree, why people think I’m weird.)
Eventually I chose 100 pounds as my loss goal, just because it was a nice, round number. As I got closer to the goal, a few friends made remarks that I should stop losing, and I was noticing a drawn appearance to my face. I can’t describe it well, but it was enough to know I was done. Fortunately, I figured this out just as I reached my loss goal.
Looking back, I can’t say with absolute certainty that I’d have transitioned to maintenance even if I hadn’t reached the 100-pound mark. I’d like to think I would have accepted it and continued on with my life, but that same stubbornness that served as an asset while I was losing might have turned ugly there at the end.
Have you given any thought to your own transition phase? How will you know you’re ready?
Or, if you’ve already made the move to maintenance, feel free to share your story!
AIM: Adventures in Maintenance is Lynn, Lori, Debby, Shelley, and Cammy, former weight-loss bloggers who now write about life in maintenance. We formed AIM to work together to turn up the volume on the issues facing people in weight maintenance. We publish a post on the same topic on the first Monday of each month. Let us know if there is a topic you’d like us to address!