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.
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.