Sunday, January 20, 2013

Maintenance Takes Practice

I've been a little loose with my eating lately and I feel it. I feel it in my body: aches in joints and headaches. I feel it in my clothing: things feel tight around the tummy (a sure sign of bloat and gain). Time to re-think what I've been doing lately.

When the holidays came around, I strayed in my eating and had some things made with wheat flour and sugar. I thought I was in control. Ha! It appears when I add those things into my diet, I'm never really in control. One thing leads to another and pretty soon I'm eating all kinds of foods I've said I don't want to part of my eating plan. Why? Peer pressure. Yep, I felt left out when everyone was eating chips and salsa and flautas and cookies. I wanted to eat the sugary things that my mom (and I) made for my son when he arrived home from China. And so I ate them. And now I feel like crap. The worst part...I knew I would but did it anyway!

Part of me wants to eliminate wheat and sugar completely from my diet. But part of me just can't let go of it. But for now, this early in maintenance, I think it best for me to stick a cleaner diet. The few pounds I've gained are proof that as a previously over-weight person, I can put it back on quickly. I do not want to go back to that lifestyle. I love being thin and feeling good. Having energy to burn beats headaches and bloat anyday!

I'm posting these pictures to remind myself of what poor eating does to me. I refuse to regain!

By the way, I have another blog. Sort of a gratitude, photo blog. If interested, you can find it here.

Take care,


  1. You look fantastic! I think part of maintenance is realizing there are going to be times when you eat those foods and it's okay, as long as you get right back on track again.

  2. {I think Lori has sensible advice!}

    You look "free"...
    So proud of you Tena. For recognizing now and the work to get here.

  3. You look amazing, Tena. Yep, Dee and Lori nailed it. Heading to your other blog.

  4. Sometimes all it takes is a reminder (a picture) of where things are heading! Tighten up your eating and you will be fine!

  5. You look wonderful! You have always been a real inspiration to me - and I love that REFUSE to regain!
    SOOOOO glad to see you back!

  6. It's so easy to start to drift... Going to check out your other blog. Are you on instagram?

  7. you look amazing. Maintenance is difficult and it takes times to practice. But I believe "Practice makes perfect"

  8. Wow, great progress! Very impressive :)

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