It’s been almost a year since we started this site and one of the major topics we thought would be difficult to tackle was weight loss maintenance. Below is a graph of my weight since I started keeping track of it in about October 2010 up to recently.
I have been pretty happy with how things have been going, but how to maintain weight loss going forward remains an interesting challenge. On the one hand, I think that some habits are relatively easy to break (at least after you’ve been on track for a little while). For example, I haven’t had a soda, even a diet one, since around October. I can’t remember the last time we ordered a pizza, much less ate the whole thing together for dinner. I don’t think we miss it very much.
At the same time, you can see a slight drift up over the last year or so on the graph from a low of somewhere in the 216 neighborhood to a current weight around 225. It’s difficult to decide whether that’s a bad thing and I need to be careful or not. I’ve added more strength training, so I’d like to think it represents gain of muscle mass. But on the slow path from 220 to 280 to 320 lbs I never really thought I looked very different along the way.
We were discussing recently the issue of checking your weight. It is probably not good to do it too often, but never checking is also dangerous. (Maybe showing everyone a graph of your weight can help!) Probably the best idea is to slowly institute new habits – you often hear the term “lifestyle change,” which can sound like a cliche, but I think is the best way to describe it. At the same time, placing too much emphasis on weight as a number is perhaps not good either. Do you have tips for weight loss maintenance? Hope you are achieving all of your goals!
I thought this was an interesting article about running too much. It sounds like there is no conclusive answer, but I am glad to hear that being a relatively amateur runner (a couple times a week for 3-4 miles) seems to be pretty good from a health perspective. Some highlights:
“… runners on average had a 19 percent lower risk of death during the study period (1971-2002) than a control group of nonrunners. The runners with the lowest death rate were those who ran less than 20 miles a week in 2 to 5 days of running at a pace of about 8:35/mile. Runners who ran more, or more days, or faster, had higher death rates.”
More good news: you don’t have to be super speedy either! (Although often I am more in the 9:00-9:30/mile pace.)
“… a group of 60+ year-old runners had half the death-rate of a matched group of their nonrunning peers. They also had much more “functionality,” and their improved-health gap vs. their peers appeared to be increasing with age.”
I imagine that the occasional half marathon is not too bad! (Especially if it gets you to come down from 318 lbs!)