All is well in the Land of Maintaining on the Belly Fat Cure. To be honest, maintenance is pretty much the same as regular BFC... okay it is exactly the same! The book doesn't really have much to say about a maintenance phase versus losing, so I'll ask Jorge Cruise about that next time I talk to him... (you know, if I talk to him again!)
It took a while to wean myself from weighing nearly everyday. My Mom was visiting me and she has also lost weight. She has a little bit of Dieter's ADD and has done BFC, plus a few other diet plans. But she informed me that I needed to weigh everyday. "Why" I asked "I'm at my goal weight and I don't want to obsess on a number". She agreed, but was afraid of starting to gain weight back and not realize it until it was too late.
That number on the scale says I've gained a 1/2 pound in the last month and puts me at 148. I'm good with that. Actually, no I am thrilled with that! I want to go off the feel of my clothing and how things are fitting. Granted sometimes I feel bloated and I am drinking much more water now then I was a month ago (thanks to the Kidney Stones). But bloat is different then fat.
The most interesting thing I have found about losing weight is my mental body image. I still see myself as squeezed into my size 14s. My size 8 jeans I bought a few months ago are pretty loose on me now, but looking down, they could definitely just be on old size 14s. It just doesn't register. I went to Target to kill 30 minutes while my boys took a Break Dancing class (that's right, Break Dancing) this week and I bought three things. All size Small. But I just can't wrap my head around that!
I kept thinking back to shopping at the The Limited a few years ago with a friend. In the dressing room I asked if I could get a sweater in XL when the Large was too tight. The salesgirl said "Sorry Ma'am, we don't carry that size". Really? I felt a little like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman when they just didn't want her type in their store. (Fat women in my case, not hookers which I totally understand)
One thing I have figured out is that I have hips and, as I've mentioned before, I have boobs. They are still there. They are smaller, for sure, but I have them. And I am slowly coming to appreciate them. They are what makes me a women, not an androgynous kid.
I'm curious, how often do you weigh? Do you weigh yourself regularly, even after you get to your goal? I want to go by the feel of my clothing, but I wonder how others do this. Because I certainly don't want to gain it back.
And did you notice the redesigned blog?! And I'm not actually sure it is Week 34 on the diet it could be 32 or 36 even. I need to start counting on months now, right?