So you’ve reached your weight goal? Let me tell you about all the ways in which your life will change. It’s going to be totally different! Get ready for it. This is what will happen.
You will wake up every morning and get on the scale to ensure that your weight is either stable or down a bit. If it’s up, you will worry and wonder what you should change. But if it’s not up, then you’ll get ready for a totally different day then when you were losing.
You will go on to have a protein shake, or some protein-filled goodies like eggs, greek yogurt, or something because we still have to get our protein in. You’ll be sure to weigh, measure, and then log your food, because you know, you can’t stop doing that. After all, maintenance is not for sissies!
Then you’ll start to drink your fluids and keep mental track of when you last ate so you don’t eat before 3-4 hours are up. Throughout the day, you will eat protein first, limit carbs, and drink water. You’ll make sure you’re tracking, so you can be sure to get all your protein in for the day. You’ll get full after a few ounces of protein and a small serving of vegetables. You’ll still turn down the bread and the pasta, and all the processed carbs because if you eat those, you know you will gain weight.
Every once in a while, you might have a treat like a piece of cake. Then you’ll get sick because your body is no longer used to eating sugar and you will either feel a bit guilty or a bit stupid for having eaten something you knew was going to make you sick.
But hey, at least you’ll love your new body right? Well…maybe. Maybe you will always be grateful that you’ve hit your goal and are so much healthier. Or maybe you will still wonder about all the folds, and skin and wrinkles, maybe you will still not be able to wear that bikini you thought you would. Maybe you’ll be considering surgery again, plastic surgery this time, and wondering if the risk, pain, and expense are worth it. Maybe you’ll like your body in clothes just fine, but maybe you’ll have no idea what a 48-year old is supposed to look like naked, and how you stack up against what is “normal”.
So let’s see. Tracking, weighing, measuring, trying not to gain, eating protein, drinking water, not being able to eat junk food,and still not 100% happy with your body. Very different from when you’re losing right??
Moral of the story my dears, is this is it. The life you’re living when you’re trying to lose weight? Is the exact same life you will have after you lose weight. Get used to it, embrace it, accept this is your new life. Don’t think some magical trumpet will herald your new life (unless you have somewhere you plan to blow for yourself). Don’t think there is newer, better life waiting for you after you hit goal. The life you have now, IS the newer, better life.
Really, the only thing I was able to do after I hit goal that I couldn’t do before, was to buy myself an entirely new wardrobe. Apart from that, absolutely nothing has changed. My personality didn’t change. I was always full of myself and confident,and happy. Nothing changed there. My marriage didn’t change, my relationship with my kids and spouse didn’t change, my job didn’t change. My body changed.
And I guess that’s okay. Because I liked my old life and my old self just fine. All it needed was a little packaging re-do.
So if you’re sitting there frustrated you’re not at goal because THEN you will have the life you want? I’m here to tell you, the life you have today is the life you will have then. If you like it, great! If you don’t like it, fix it now. Because hitting goal won’t fix it.