126.6 this morning. Yay!
It’s strange to be somewhat happy about the scale going up… I’ve never had that happen in my life until today.
What is frightening to me, though, is how quickly the weight came back. It took only a few days of unrestricted eating to gain 3 pounds. It was definitely necessary; my jeans fit well again, and I’m pleased with that. But a “normal person” probably wouldn’t have seen such a large jump on the scale.
But it was a good reminder of just how much attention this weight maintenance thing takes for someone who used to be morbidly obese.
I read somewhere that maintaining a significant weight loss is basically like having a part-time job. You need to put a lot more effort into meal planning, thinking about food, exercise, and cooking than “normal people” generally do.
I don’t think it’s quite like that, but it does take a LOT of effort and forethought. I need to have a snack with me at all times so I don’t get caught hangry (hungry + angry) and without access to something healthy. I spend a lot of time cooking (but it’s something I enjoy – you could certainly do weight maintenance without as much cooking as I do.) I prefer to know what’s going in my food and what’s in my body.
Weight maintenance requires constant vigilance. Period, the end. I can’t “splurge” on ice cream (nor do I want to do so at this point). I can’t say “oh, it’s one bad day, I’ll get back on the wagon tomorrow.” No. That’s not how it works for me.
But it’s okay and it’s worth it, and the efforts I’ve put in to nourishing my body with good food and exercise have paid off tenfold.