In this season of resolutions & weight-loss maintenance tips—I return, again, to the lessons learned from our rescue-canine.
It may initially seem convoluted but trust me. We get there. Even if Coop never did.
When last we left Coop he was happily drooling all over his new home.
He slid effortlessly into our lives—but not so much into the lives of the neighborhood canines.
Coop, we quickly learned, had some socializing to do.
We examined options, interviewed trainers, and concluded sleep away camp was the answer.
Two weeks. All training all the time. No distractions. Then back home to us where Id *maintain* what he’d been taught.
On our way to pick Coop up after camp I said to the Husband:
I know it will be *hard* work maintaining what Coop learned. I realize it wont be fun. Ive lived maintaining for 20+ years. MAINTAINING IS NOT SEXY.
The Husband had no clue what I meant.
In precisely the way, I surmise, all of YOU immediately grasped my point:
- Airplane seat belts fitting sans-extenders?
- Friends, family and co-workers noticing how fit and lovely you look?
All of the above propel us on to bigger fitness/weight loss success.
The ‘power’ of most of the above wanes after weight has been shed/goals reached.
Maintaining? Not glamorous
Maintaining? Never featured on magazine covers alongside a titillating photo announcing: “Discover how Sheila lost 30 pounds and still struggles daily to maintain loss!!!”
I knew maintaining Coop’s training would be challenging because I knew my own weight loss maintaining hadn’t been
I was confident I could rock it because I recognized our differences —while seemingly vast—-were few.
I prepared by reminding myself of the three steps I went through with my own maintaining process.
Step one: This is all new & super! I’m so happy!!!
For Coop it was us seeing he’d transformed.
For me/weight loss it was shedding pounds/discovering my love of the iron. Goal achievement feels so EXCITING it’s hard to envision the newness (weight-loss or Coop’s new skillz) ever losing its power to motivate!
Step Two: You know I can do this. Must we practice again!? (AKA My new body rocks—do I really have to work to *maintain* it?)
I’ll admit my mind was BLOWN by all Coop learned at Doggie Boot Camp. He was socialized. He followed commands.
I was very tempted to get lazy as Id already been REWARDED with a rockin
bod trained dog!
Maintaining had to start on day one.
I knew–from fitness and weight loss–if I blew off day *one* CONSISTENCY would never return.
consistency is key.
Step three. This is forever?! When do I rest on my
Maintaining what Coop learned at camp is a forever process.
A daily process.
Maintaining weight loss is a forever process.
Maintenance demands we seek out new motivations as, frequently, old motivators no longer work.
We’ve reaped those rewards.
I look to my daughter when I feel like slacking.
I’ll never venture off my healthy living path because she’s my living, breathing motivation to remain fit and strong.
Maintaining isn’t as glam or sexy as the actual weight loss (or Coop training) process—but that doesn’t mean it cant be done.
It’s a 3-step process.
It’s all about consistency.
(and really. who’s to say that’s not sexy?!)
- From canines to fitness—what are your experiences with maintaining change?
- What’s your best tip to avoid returning to old habits?