I was talking with my boss the other day. The guy has lost significant weight. I can see it in his face and through his shirt. He noticeably looks smaller. I paid him a compliment on all of his hard work. He kind of accepted the compliment….”thanks” works just fine; and then he went on to talk about having a hard time staying at his goal weight once it’s achieved. “First off”, I told him, “again, you look great, so stop concerning yourself with being a fitness model. You’ll never be one.” There will be another post coming shortly about that. But then, I proceeded to tell him about my analogy of bowling with the child friendly bumpers up. You know the bumpers that kids use when they bowl. They put them up and the kid rolls the ball down the lane and they bounce back and forth before splashing into the bowling pins. It’s a great success for the kids and it keeps them coming back. Imagine your health as a bowling alley with the bumpers up. On one side of the lane is your “beach body weight”. That’s your ideal look. But, as you know that ideal weight isn’t very much fun. You end up restricting your imbibing, your night’s out, and some of your socializing by the imposition of calorie cut down. Everyone will ask what you’re doing and you will be able to fend them off for some time.
But then, you will break down. You’ll start to loosen up the reigns a touch. You’ll enjoy a couple cocktails or a desert, or junk food out at the ballpark or at a family gathering. Believe me, that is normal to participate in social events and to let some slack out. That’s why you have a weight bumper on the other side of the lane. Be mindful that on the other side of that gutter is wreckless abandon and the dangerous “too much fun” gutterball.
When you hit that upper limit of your weight zone, get yourself in check. Correct your actions and start heading back to the other bumper.
Men, who are on average slightly larger than average woman should allow an 8-12 pound buffer to bounce back and forth between. When you hit your ideal weight on one side, stay there for a while, and then loosen up on your restrictions. Work your way as slowly through the middle of the lane as possible before you hit the other bumper on the other side.
Women, should maintain an “ideal weight zone” of 5 to 8 pounds. I’ve been encouraging Jayme for years to give herself a break on her daily weigh ins. It’s all about staying in the lane.
The pins at the end of the lane are your health. Put some bumpers up on your weight and you will find maintaining a zone of ideal weight is much easier than maintaining an absolute ideal weight.