I knew all along, while I was losing the weight, that maintenance was going to be the hardest part for me. After all, over the years I'd lost and gained and lost and gained, too many times to count. Every time I lost the weight, eventually I put it all (plus some more) back on.
And the reason why, is because I always eventually went back to my "old ways". They say it takes a couple weeks or 21 days or whatever, to form a new habit. And all I can say, is from my personal experience-- those new habits are not necessarily carved in stone. The monkey may be off my back, but he's still lurking in the bushes, waiting for me to lose focus.
There are a lot of articles on Spark, about maintaining. And Teams for maintenance. I still use my Nutrition Tracker and the Fitness Tracker too. I don't stress over a day where I've splurged some, on the calories. But the next day I get right back on track. I make a real effort not to string together a whole bunch of days, where I eat too much. Over Christmas, I chose carefully those times where I'd eat things I normally don't; it wasn't a whole month of overindulging at every opportunity. In other words, pick and choose those times that you feel it's okay to splurge. A night out with girls may be it-- but otherwise stay within your calorie range. So a "splurge" is actually a "splurge" and not an ordinary thing.
This whole thing is a lifestyle change, and not just a diet to lose the weight and then go back to our previous ways. There are going to be rocks in the road and a bunch of trial-and-error things that happen on our journeys. Even in maintenance, it's suggested you allow yourself your goal weight, plus or minus 5 pounds. I've had times where I put on a couple pounds. And then I buckled down and got back on track.
have you checked out the Maintenance team for strategies? There may also be helpful articles on the site, too.
Maintenance is as much, if not more, work than losing the weight in the first place, but obsessing over consumption will only lead you down a miserable path
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For me, I find reading the success stories really helps me stay on track.
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I have lost a total of 55 lbs. or a bit more. The last year I've really focused on NOT obsessing about having to be in control of my food all the time, knowing it's okay to go out with the girls or other couples and enjoy myself without totally stressing over a bad choice I may have made. Even allowing myself the choice of dessert. I really thought I had that whole mind game whipped. Now all of a sudden since Christmas I seem to be falling back into the same mindset and I KNOW you can't remain in that place and be successful in getting the weight off, and maybe even more importantly, keeping it off once you hit your goal. I am so disappointed that I'm dealing with this again.
Does anyone have any good suggestions for getting past this hurdle?
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