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.



Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.