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MISSSVJS Posts: 546
1/25/13 5:22 P

I never have logged my food on a regular basis - I simply don't want to be tied down to having to do that; I decided I know what to eat and how much to stay at a healthy weight. I also rarely weigh or measure my foods. What I do is not for everyone, but I figure after 55 years on this planet, I should know this by now!

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1/25/13 3:59 P

Do you still log everything here?

MISSSVJS Posts: 546
1/25/13 12:56 P

Pretty much since Oct/Nov 2010 - I'll go up a few pounds now and then but I get it right back off. My secret? I quit dieting and eating fake foods - no artificial sweeteners, no soda, no "diet foods" (WW for LC rozen dinners, Slim Fast) - I only eat real food, good fats (olive oil, coconut oil, organic butter, etc.) - I did recently do the Virgin Diet, but it is not, in my opinion, technically a diet - it's about learning which of 7 foods are inflammatory foods for me, so I did it to learn that, not to necessarily lose weight; although I did lose a few pounds in the process. I also workout 4-5 times a week.

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1/24/13 9:28 P

That's wonderful!

WALKINGMAMMA Posts: 987
1/19/13 12:37 P

I have been at or under goal for 80 weeks. I weigh daily and continue to monitor everything just as I did when losing. It is possible!!!!!!! emoticon

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1/18/13 5:16 P

So, the most common answer seems to be keep tracking on here...Right??

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1/18/13 5:03 P

I hit my goal weigh in mid 2011, and I've been within five pounds of that ever since.

The key for me is that I have to be as on top of it and aware as I was when I was actively losing weight. You know the whole 'lifestyle change' vs. 'diet' cliche? It's true. Whatever gets you to your goal weight is what you're going to have to do to stay at your goal weight. I made a lot of changes while I was losing weight, and I'm doing exactly the same things now, even though I'm maintaining. In many ways, I've even ramped up the difficulty.

I weigh myself every day (this is a personal choice - I like numbers and studying how my body reacts to things, so it doesn't bother me), and I still track and measure almost all of my food. I'll probably be doing some form of monitoring for the rest of my life - and I'm okay with that. I'm not paying attention to my body and what goes in it because I need to punish myself for getting fat, I'm doing it because I'm a healthy and fit person who wants to get the most out of this machine I live in. Same process, very different attitude. Two years ago, I had to pay attention to my food because I wanted to drop pounds. Now I have to pay attention to my food because I'm training for a marathon and that means some special dietary tweaks (and close monitoring of how my body reacts to them). I've definitely had times when the weight has started to creep (most recently, I got hit unusually hard with seasonal affective disorder), and I feel confident that I'm aware enough of my body that I can catch the trend as it's happening and do what I need to to reverse it. Situations and bodies change, so my lifestyle is going to have to be flexible to adjust with it - and I can't adjust to what I don't see.

The changes you make need to be positive and fun. New things can be uncomfortable to learn, but ultimately they should become a positive part of your life. They should be something you're happy to continue with even though you don't have to, just because it feels better.

One thing that really took me by surprise is that there's always more to learn and more room to build on the habits you put in place. What goals do you have beyond hitting a certain number? Why do you want to lose weight in the first pace? When I started, I did a bit of a visualization exercise where I imagined what my life would look like two years after I reached my goal. The person I pictured in my head was still active and ate well, so rather than following a plan for weight loss, I just started copying what that future version of me was doing. That meant I was making changes that were sustainable. My personal rule was that if I didn't plan to do it five years down the road when I didn't need to lose a pound, I wasn't going to do it to lose weight. So far, that method has worked (and the best part is that two years later I'm basically living the lifestyle I pictured, even though it seemed extreme at the time).

Edited by: CHRISTINA791 at: 1/18/2013 (17:07)
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1/17/13 11:54 P

Thank you guys! I really needed this encouragement. It's great to see you're successes!

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1/17/13 10:26 P

People gain their weight back because they don't plan for maintenance. I ended up easing slowly into maintenance, as it took me about 5 months to lose my last 18 pounds. (Family crisis forced me to drop my intense weight loss program for the sake of my sanity -- so I went into quasi-maintenance.)

If you count from the time I reached my final goal, I've been in maintenance (+ or - 5 pounds from goal - it fluctuates), for a little over a year now.

There were plenty of people who thought I'd gain it all right back as well. I wasn't sure they were wrong -- I've lost and gained plenty of times before! The big difference this time was that I truly realized that you have to have a plan for maintenance, and that it really is for life, so make it a livable one. I actually don't have any desire to go back to my old habits -- but I do have to guard against letting them creep back. For now, I'm still tracking my food most days, and weighing every day. Not sure if I'll always have to, but for now it is working and I'm used to doing it, so why stop?

Start taking a look around Spark and the internet in general for maintenance information (boards, blogs, etc.) -- I started doing this well in advance of my goal. It helps to get information from people who have had experience and success at keeping the weight off. It does take some effort -- but it's totally possible. (And so worth it.)

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1/17/13 10:01 P

If you use the tools you learn as you adopt a healthy lifestyle it is a lifestyle where you maintain a healthy weight. I have stayed in my healthy range since 27 December 2003. In that time I continuously have learned new ways to thrive and improve. If I can do it so can you!!
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1/17/13 9:31 P

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I'm really looking for people here who have either reached or gotten close to their goal. I keep hearing "Yeah, you're losing it, but let's see a year from now if you've been able to keep it off!"

It's a little discouraging. So, maybe if some of you out there have been able to do it and I hear about it, I'll feel like this isn't all in vain or that it's possible to keep it off.

...or am I going to get to my goal and bounce right back up???

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