Sunday, March 25, 2018

When to Pause


I've been thinking about the suggestion a few people have made to me of just stopping where I am and working on maintaining for several months before tackling the next chunk of weight loss. I think it's a great idea. It would give my body and skin some time to recover, and I could get a chance to practice at maintenance, at doing the work without the expectation of a "payoff" of lower numbers on the scale. It might be kind of refreshing to do that, especially over the summer when I'm more active and would probably be able to find a balance of eating a bit more than I have been on phentermine while increasing my activity enough to maintain at a set weight. Phentermine's effects have been slowing down anyway, so it might be good to take a break from it.

I think that's a solid plan. But... I just do not want to maintain at slightly *above* 200 pounds. I am so, so close to the 100's. This morning I weighed 201 pounds (one pound down from last week) and that number is not a number many people would pick as a goal for maintenance, just because it's so close to a "better" number that starts with a 1. I've been thinking, it would be pretty awesome to hit, say, 195 pounds and make my hard line in the sand 199... where I never cross that line again, even if I have to cut my intake and double up on exercise for a week to get back down to 195 or less. I think I'll stick with the phentermine just a little while longer and give it a good hard push to get at least six more pounds off before I try the maintenance route. Once my weight loss stops, I won't have access to phentermine anymore anyway. Seems like my body might tell me where to pause.


8 comments:

PamL said...

Great plan, Lyn!

Anonymous said...

I think the last line of your post is the best one. The rest is not something you cannot control - holding a line in the sand? Not gaining past a newly achieved weight while in losing mode? If that was the case - the ability to hold the line - then none of us would lose, gain, lose, regain, etc.

We don't lose weight - our body adjusts its weight according to a number of factors. Only some of which we control.

Maybe something to work on before you hit your temporary goal weight is to figure out how the body gains and loses weight (again, your idea of just cutting calories and doubling down on exercise in the event of a gain isn't 100% true or accurate. If so, again, we'd all be weight losers and never gainers). Take what's true in the science (not everything suggested by weight loss "experts" is true or works and then match that up with all the data you have about your own body and how it responds to a number of factors including hormones, medication, sleep, hydration, food, movement and stress.

You are having a good run of success. Find what's true for you in that going forward.

Anonymous said...

Lyn, I think a pause to start mastering maintenance is a great idea--but a hard push to lose a quick 6 pounds is not. The more you restrict yourself before transitioning to maintenance, the harder it will be to avoid a quick regain. If you really need to get under 200, how about doing a modified maintenance program for six months, with a modest goal of losing a pound a month and learning to live at close to your normal maintenance level.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like an awesome plan.

Amy said...

Just a thought, If you take extraordinary measures to get to a certain weight, won't you will have to continue to do those things in order to maintain that weight? I can't offer you maintainence advice because I've never gotten to a point where I could consider myself in such a state. I am now hoping to eventually just get to my body's natural setpoint and I am an anti-scale because it does horrible things to my brain and mood which is a trigger for me. I am hoping whatever you do that you have peace within it!

Anonymous said...

Wow almost maintenance time already!?!? This is a thrill for me, as I have been reading for several months. When you decided to start keto and phen phen, I told myself if you made it to maintenance I would do it too, and follow in your tracks diet wise. And here you are! While I am still 264 pounds as I was when you started (and we were very close in weight at the time). I only wish I had started with you so I could be near where you are right now. Hindsight is 20-20 though. I am starting keto on Monday (after Easter) and I am going to call my doctor tomorrow to see about the phen phen or perhaps the new one that just came out, topimax or something that is similar. Thank you for always inspiring and I hope to catch up to you someday.

Jess

Kim said...

Well just my 10 cents....get to the weight first...THEN make the decision to maintain. Best of luck whatever your decision is.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good plan. I love reading your blog!