With almost two months under my belt in the world of maintenance I wanted to share with the Weight Watchers community how I am finding life.
I hit my goal weight the very same week Weight Watchers moved to their new program – “Beyond the Scale”. This change happening at the same time that I was transitioning from weight loss to maintenance was a super scary time. At the time I had been living on 27 points plus. When they made the switch to beyond the scale and the change to smart points with the assessment tool and the change from activity to fit points I was really nervous when the leaders told me to eat 36 points a day. I was thinking, are you kidding me, that is how many points I lived on 50lbs ago. When I first started maintenance and the transition to smart points, I first decided that 30 smart points would be a better starting point just to make sure I was able to maintain properly.
The opposite actually happened, I wasn’t able to maintain, and I was still losing weight. Over the next few weeks I started to play a bit with my daily points, under the advisement of the leaders I first went to 33 smart points but I was still not able to maintain 173lbs, I was bouncing between 171lbs and 172lbs which was too low for a goal weight of 174lbs.
Since then I have actually moved to the 36 smart points a day because I think because I am so active this seems to be my lucky number for maintaining that 173lbs range where I am most comfortable. This is what Weight Watchers had set for me after I had done the assessment but I really thought it would be too much, but I was wrong.
What I am actually finding, is that I need to eat at least that 36 smart points. In fact, I have had several events lately that has put me in a situation where I have less control over my food. i.e. work and social events that require me to eat out a bit more than usual. So this week in fact, after what in my “losing weight mindset”would describe a bad weekend, I was pretty nervous to step on the scale this morning. I hadn’t weighed in since Friday which is my weekly weigh in. But I thought it would be best to check in to make sure things weren’t getting out of control. To my surprise, I was 173.6lbs. I was actually pretty shocked; I really thought I was going to have a couple pounds to shed before my next weigh in.
I think I am now experiencing the full effect of the “beyond the scale” way of thinking and living. I think with the amount of fitness that I maintain on a daily basis is allowing me to take in a bit more than even what they are recommending for maintenance. Don’t get me wrong, I will not lose sight of what is proper eating or how much I should be eating but I must say I am finding this journey interesting in the way that now that I am as active as I am, life does allow for me to enjoy some of those foods that I had dismissed as “foods that I can’t have” in order to live for maintenance or never to never have a gain.
Now this all being said, the only reason I am getting away with these few splurges is because of the amount of fitness I take on in any given week. I run 4 times a week, bike a couple times a week to work and I am doing yoga on almost a daily basis, sometimes a couple times a day depending on the classes.
So what I am taking away from all of this after a couple months on maintenance.
1. The scale doesn’t own me, I am only checking a couple times a week.
2. You can enjoy the odd treat if you do the hard work alongside of that. It’s all about balance.
3. Eat lots of protein, it’s lower in points and sustains you longer.
4. Fitness is a must for not just my health but also my mental health. This helps clears my head and rejuvenates me for the next day.