I originally planned to write about my new strength training plan, but I never got around to putting anything together. I’ve been lazy this month and have been doing whichever workout I feel like that day.
Instead, I decided to write a bit about moving from losing weight to maintaining. And possibly recomposition in the near future. On June 3rd, I decided that trying to lose weight right now is too stressful, mentally and physically.
Most of my celiac symptoms have gone away with a gluten-free diet, but I am still exhausted all the time. I think it’s best to focus on eating well, and making sure I am fueling my body. My hope is that eating at maintenance will help with the exhaustion.
I eventually would like to drop about 10 more pounds, even though I am in the healthy range for my height. For now I am going to focus on maintaining and reducing body fat instead. I may find that I am happy at my current weight once I drop some body fat.
I am starting maintenance at 143 pounds and approximately 33% (gasp!) body fat. Yes, I need to work on body fat.
As of this post, I have been at maintenance for about a month and it is a struggle, at least mentally. Each week the scale changes by about a pound and a half, sometimes up, sometimes down. I have to keep reminding myself that fluctuations are normal.
Thankfully, I haven’t had two weeks in a row of up and the highest I’ve hit is 145. If I go over 145 I will drop calories a bit the following week. I would not be comfortable going above 145. I am still working through the logistics of maintenance, as it is much harder than I thought. I need to watch my calorie intake better. When I was losing, I allowed myself to go over calories some days because I knew I was eating below maintenance. Now, I need to watch calories better. I find myself still going over, which doesn’t help since I am eating at maintenance. The struggle is real.
Although my weight has fluctuated a bit, I seem to come back to 144 after an up week. 144 appears to be a sweet spot. My problem currently is body fat. It has gone up each week. I am now up to 33.6%. I know it is not a lot, but it is still an increase. I also know this isn’t accurate as I am measuring using my FitBit Aria scale. I figure at least I can get a trend going. I need to work on my diet to help decrease body fat.
I haven’t been running. It is rare that I run in June, as it is miserable here this time of year. It usually gets a tad cooler in July. I am also trying to incorporate weights and body weight training at least twice a week. I have also included some MMA-inspired videos. I need more cardio ideas for the days I can’t run.