The title of this post was inspired by a song on the Mary J. Blige debut album, “What’s The 411?”
Like Mary, I am going through quite a few changes and not all of them are welcome. I am in the maintenance stage of my weight loss journey. Basically, I have lost all I am going to lose and I am trying to become OK with that. Would I like to weigh less? Of course, but I am good with where I am. What is important to me is trying to continue to build muscle and to reduce fat.
I’ve noticed recently that my butt has gotten bigger (more toned), but that has also caused my waist (pant) size to expand. Pants that once fit are now getting tighter. My stomach is not getting any bigger, but I think that my weight is redistributing. I have been trying to do more muscle-building, albeit very slowly, and have cut the amount of cardio that I’ve doing.
Does the idea that my body is changing and masking a weight gain freak me out? Hell yes! But, I realize that this is part of my journey. I have gained and lost the same 5 to 10 pounds for the past year. It can be frustrating, but I also try to remind myself that my weight journey has been a life-long struggle.
Currently, I have a distinct advantage over when I began this journey in August 2012. I have already lost 73 pounds. That is something that I have to celebrate daily. I have a working knowledge of nutrition. I am much more in tune with my body. If something doesn’t feel right when it comes to food or exercise, I don’t do it. I have spent over 30 years abusing my body and it is now time to show it love.
What about you? Have you had a similar situation on your weight loss journey? Have you figured out methods to keep yourself calm? Please share your experiences.
I wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving to all the readers of Tips of the Scale. I hope that your day is filled with fun, joy and laughter. Don’t be afraid to eat on the day. The most important thing to remember is that you’re on the journey to great health.