Thursday, September 01, 2011

Fun Times in Maintenance

Every now and then I think about getting a fill. And recently I've had fleeting thoughts about it. But over the years I've noticed some general themes are usually surfacing when the thought does come to mind for me:
  1. My stress level may be much higher than normal.
  2. I may not be generally making healthy food choices. (Eating more crap which can also include increased adult beverages.)
  3. My healthy food choices may not be ones that satisfy my hunger. 
  4. My portions may be off which is usually attributable to eating slider foods.
  5. My exercise routine may be disrupted.
People may disagree, but a fill isn't going to address any of these things. In fact, I believe that it could possibly make the situation worse for me as it could limit the healthy choices that I do have.

Note: Keep in mind I am in maintenance. While I think being tight to the point that eating 1/2 - 3/4 cup-ish of food is not possible is not good, that's me and my opinion. Everyone's journey is different and everyone should take anything they read on a blog with a grain of salt. Ultimately, I encourage everyone to reflect and be honest with yourself and your doctor to figure out what is in YOUR best interest to get to goal...and to stay there.

And when I dig really really deep...and am super duper honest, which is really hard!, about thinking about a fill...I think the desire is really about fear and control. Fear that I will start backtracking. Fear of failure. Fear of regain. Feeling "out of control" on other things, so a fill will give me some control. *sigh* But I really do have control over all the things that I've listed. I don't need a fill for that. What I need to do is:
  1. Remember that stressing about stuff that is not under my control is just plain silly.
  2. Choose mainly healthy food choices. I feel better and have more energy when I do.
  3. Aim for balance in the healthy food choices---protein, fruits, veggies, fiber, etc.
  4. Sliders are a fancy way of saying crap food for me. Crap food is OK now and then. But it needs to be less "now".
  5. Exercise.  (git-r-done). I'm important. I'm a priority. It helps with stress and makes me feel good. (Ha - today it sounds like I'm channeling the "you like me" 0scar speech.)
So nothing psycho Fluffy, just a little bit more focus. You're stressed, sleeping like crap, and tired. Be kind to yourself. BTW -  You do not need to stand on the scale either...just sayin'.
Related posts:
My thoughts on protein and some other opinions
Golden(?) rules
My Most Important Rules
Why Do You Exercise?
Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3
The Five W's
Divorcing the Scale


Lap Band Gal said...

Great post! thanks :)

Kristin50 said...

Great Advice! I could not agree more.

MandaPanda said...

I don't think I've ever been in the "Green Zone"...even after a year but I feel I'm close enough that I can hit my goals without restricting my diet too much, or not being able to eat anything. I think this is great advice...not only when contemplating a fill...but also when just trying to get back on track. While I'm not in maintenance (yet...but I WILL get there), I think these are still good tips. Thanks for the advice!

Cat said...

Love this post. Thanks for putting out there what I've seriously been thinking.