Many of you know that I have been struggling with my body image now that I have reached my goal weight. I have lost 30 pounds and SHOULD think I look pretty good.
I have been having a hard time understanding why I'm not as happy as I thought I would be. I think I have figured it out: my goal is different now. My new goal is to maintain and continue to be healthy, which is not something I can SEE in numbers or even in changes in my body. My body will probably not change much now (unless I GAIN, which I certainly don't want to do).
It's difficult to find motivation when you know you won't SEE the results. I won't ever get that "high" looking at the scale and seeing that I have lost a few more pounds. That's kind of what kept me going.
I guess my point in all this is: we need to look at the big picture of HEALTH in general when we get to this stage. And we need to find a new goal to work towards.
So, my NEW GOAL is to run in a 5k in under 30 minutes. I have reached that goal on my own, but now I want to do it in a race situation. Hopefully that goal will keep me eating healthy and exercising every day.
I hope this helps those of you who are trying to maintain and finding it difficult to be motivated. I'm not saying that this fixes the problem, but it's a way of looking at maintenance in a different way.
Now when, and if, you look at the scale, your goal would be to NOT see any change....i think if i were to meet my goal, it would take a while to get used to seeing the actual number and still feel satisfaction in knowing that i am actually seeing it!!! but who knows... i gotta ways to go!! Great Job Froggie!!! http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/dance.gif
Froggie, you hit the nail on the head. The big picture here is HEALTH. Of course we all want to look our best, but that should be below health on our priority lists. Congrats on having a great outlook, and on the 5k! Be sure to let us know when you're going to race - we'll be cheering for you all the way!