Weight Loss Maintenance

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I was really hoping to have a major weight loss milestone to report for my next progress update but that wasn’t meant to be.  I have been dealing with a few injuries and thought this might be a good time to try my hand at actually maintaining my weight for a while before attempting my next milestone (a sub-200 lbs weigh in).  From everything I have read and personally experienced, maintaining a significant weight loss is the most difficult part.  My friend recently posted a link to an interesting perspective from a dietitian on the topic as well.

I am happy to report that I have been able to maintain my 75 lbs weight loss for the last few months.  I can now see that I have made a true lifestyle change because the maintenance hasn’t been a challenge.  The thing that has been challenging though are the injuries that have been popping up.  I tore my left hamstring followed by my right hamstring a couple of weeks later and then I sprained my ankle the month after that.  I was scheduled for Pat’s Run (4.2 miles) in between injuries.  I was able to participate and have fun but had to walk about half of the time.

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The injuries have been a learning experience which I can benefit from in the long run.  I discovered that my hamstring injuries were due to my quadriceps being disproportionately stronger than my hamstrings.  I have also discovered the virtues of Foam Rolling (where has this been all my life?!?!?).  These injuries have forced me to come to terms with something I should have started doing a long time ago…Strength Training.  I have been cardio-centric in my efforts and am now paying the price.    I have a degree in Kinesiology (study of human movement) and know as much about strength training as many personal trainers but I am still intimidated by the prospect of lifting at the gym after being away so long.  I swallowed my anxiety and started strength training a couple of weeks ago with the help of the Jefit app and am already noticing a difference in my strength in how my clothes fit.

Even though I don’t have weight loss progress to report, I feel that I am still making personal progress in becoming that Healthy Banana I want to be.

 

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2 thoughts on “Weight Loss Maintenance

  1. Aunt Patty on

    Ahhh, grasshopper you have discovered the secret! Weaving the fabric of our lives with dedication, discipline, self-awareness, and self-care nets us a life(style) with the strength to endure. Rock on dream weaver, rock on!

  2. Kathey Osenbau on

    I’m going to be praying for you, Danna, that the Lord give you the grace and strength that you need to work through the challenges you face along your weight loss journey! You are such an inspiration. Keep going and know that we’re all rooting for you! I’m doing the same thing, although not as actively as you (i.e. you won’t be seeing me running in Pat’s Run anytime soon!). Since losing my job, I feel like everything in my life is unraveling. But it’s in our times of weakness that God can really work so grab His hand and charge on girlfriend! Know your family is very proud of you.

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