Forgive me if I’ve changed my mind so many times on the topic that it’s frustrating you. Trust me, I feel the same way. 🙂
I know I’ve gone back and forth quite a bit about maintenance, because for a while it was easy, and then it was really hard, and then I was so frustrated I just wanted to give up. Recently though, I’ve sort of been moving towards a happy medium and feel like my relationship with food is getting to a much more normal place than it used to be.
The key change for me has been mentally. I used to think of counting points as a chore, a negative thing, and something that stood in the way of me being just a “normal” person. Over time, a LOT of time, I’ve come to realize that tracking is actually just a tool for me that I can use how I see fit. I’ve been trying trying to look at tracking as a positive thing rather than a negative thing, and its been helping me a lot with my mentality about maintenance. Rather than looking at it as obligation and dreading it, I’ve been looking at it as something I can use to get myself back on track and to stay on track when I don’t have anything crazy going on in a day.
I still track every day Monday through Friday, and I usually stick to 29 pts+ a day when I don’t have anything going on (happy hour, out to dinner, office parties, etc). 29 pts+ a day doesn’t feel restrictive to me at all, because I eat a lot of fruits and veggies and have really learned to stretch my points. One day soon I’ll do a day of eats post so I can show you. 🙂
On the weekends, I don’t usually track, but try to be reasonable with my decisions. When I’m out drinking, I usually stick with vodka soda, captains and diet, or wine (with dinner), and since I’ve been going out a little bit more lately, I’ve found that I don’t look at it as a time where I HAVE to order Domino’s to end my night.
I almost don’t want to say this next part so that I don’t jinx this, but I feel like with maintenance I’ve gotten to a place where I can eat anything I want some of the time. For example, when I was in Boston for the Bachelorette this past weekend, we had pizza three (!) times over the weekend. First on Friday night, some leftovers the next day, and then again for dinner that night as we got ready for the party. At least I got the pizza out of my system?
Now that is not how I normally eat by any means, and I did show a small gain on the scale the day after I got back, but I am now back at my goal weight from sticking to the 29 pts+ a day for a few days, after indulging for pretty much the entire weekend. I do eat fries and pizza at least once a week (each) because I love them, but I try to eat healthy most of the time.
Could I possibly be getting my head around moderation??????