ORIGINAL POST (4/5/08)
Most of the folks who will read this post have done this many times over--lose 20 pounds. 20, 40, 80, heck 200 pounds! But, another WLS postop friend and I have been discussing how you lose that LAST 20 pounds...
You can probably remember times in your past when you'd been to Weight Watchers and seen those folks who had just 20 pounds they wanted to lose... And, if you can remember those times, then you probably also remember thinking--if only! LOL If only 20 pounds was all you had to lose, you probably wouldn't have been at WW... You may even remember thinking that you could probably lose 20 pounds just by having a good bowel movement... LOL Many WLS postop folks have lost hundreds of pounds and some have done it more than once. Some of you have lost 100 pounds several times over via Weight Watchers, Atkins, or some other diet. You dropped and subsequently regained that 100 pounds at least once. You may even have thought that losing 100 pounds was easy. But, now you are SO close to goal. You have just 20 more pounds to lose to get to your final goal weight and the weight just isn't budging! You eat right. You keep your carbs low. You exercise. You get your fluids and protein in each day. You shake things up from time to time in both your eating and your exercise. Nothing seems to make a difference. So, HOW do you lose 20 pounds?
We're having this discussion this weekend in my mini-challenge group from OH. I've also posted this same discussion over on the main messageboard at OH. Check it out and comment if you choose!
BUT, if you comment HERE to this post, I'll enter your name in a drawing for an assorted box of WLS friendly snack/protein items! Each comment gets an entry in the drawing AND, the more people who comment, the more goodies I'll put in the box!
FOLLOWUP POST (4/6/08)
Karen, another postop at this last-20-pounds point, surfed the Weight Watchers boards for clues and scavenged the following info:
1. Staying on track over the weekend is HUGE... Many of us have been there and understand the issue. Down time often means bored time and we tend to eat more when we're bored...
2. If you only have 20-30 pounds to lose, you really have to be diligent--no matter what "plan" you follow.
3. EXERCISE! She said it seems to come in all capital letters a lot! Most folks seemed to be doing SIX days a week of cardio/weights combined. Many people were what she said she would call obsessive about running/cycling for MANY miles each day.
4. The Weight Watchers folks were adding calories to their daily intake (points in their language) for this added exercise. It seemed to be in the form of dairy/protein or (get this) protein shakes...hhhmmmmm
Here's a neat concept Karen sort of "borrowed" for us... It's called the 21 day plan (21 days to form a habit). You decide what the habit is you'd like to start/break. You begin counting each day you meet that goal. At the end of 21 days of success you begin the cycle again to ensure the habits become embedded in your lifestyle. If you "fall off the wagon," you reset your count and start over. So, for example, if I wanted to stop eating something--let's say chocolate, I would make that my goal. If I managed not to eat chocolate for 4 days, I would be at C1, D4 (cycle one, day four). If I then ate a Hershey's kiss, I would have to start again the next day at C1, D1. The day after C1, D21 is C2, D1 as we start a new cycle after 21 days of success... Same thing/concept works for maintaining an exercise program, getting in your fluids or protein, etc.
This was an interesting list for a maintenance program plan:
1. EXERCISE (there's those caps again)
2. Attend support meetings
3. Track your food
4. Try something new (recipe, exercise, etc.) to shake things up and keep them interesting
5. Deal with gains and off-track behavior quickly
None of that is new, right? But, how often can you say you do all 5? Not just how many DAYS, but how many weeks or even months?? This is a level of diligence that most can't report for a prolonged period...