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10/23/13 11:08 A

GARDENGIRL271,

Welcome back to Spark People !

How much weight do you want to lose ? If you're getting closer to goal, you may be thinking that your current weight is a comfortable stopping point. No one should be a on a permanent diet. At some point, we have to decide when it's time to go into maintenance.

Maybe you should consider going into maintenance for a short period of time. Take a couple of months just to maintain your weight loss. At the end of two months, see how you feel about yourself and your body. Do you feel ready to lose more or do you feel comfortable ? If you are nearing a healthy weight for your height, it may be time to consider maintence.

If you have more to lose, say 20+ pounds, even going into maint for a short period would give you time to acccess your goals. What are your goals ? Why do you want to lose weight ?

Once you've decided what your new goals are, that will give you some more direction.




ANNROW0354 Posts: 603
10/23/13 10:54 A

When I experience this I call it my "mental plateau". I get content with the goals I have achieved and so I start thinking that I can forgo reaching the "big goal". The problem is that the weight begins to creep back on as you become more content and you start returning to new habits.
Perhaps you should just go into the maintenance portion of the SP program and if you have discontinued working out then get back into that. Start back on small goals that you may have tossed aside like drinking water, eating more fruits/veggies. It won't do any good to try and get back on a full blown weight loss eating plan if you aren't motivated. Just do what you can to maintain the progress you have made and I would bet that within a month or 2, you will break through this mental plateau.

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10/22/13 10:52 P

I'm probably not going to be able to help you figure this out, but I can definitely empathize! I get that way too. I'll lose some weight, feel better, and then I don't really care as much about not eating more pizza or some chips here and there and before I know it, bam, back to where I was before (and then some usually) I lost the initial bit of weight.

I hope you're able to get some good answers from people on here to sort this out. I'm interested in hearing what others have to say on this, too!

Good luck!!

GARDENGIRL271 Posts: 18
10/20/13 9:37 P

Its been a while since I have been on Spark but I am feeling like I need to get back on but I have a question that I just can't seem to answer for myself. I have lost almost 30 pounds, but have probably qained back a few (haven't weighed in a few weeks). Anyway, I'm wondering why it is that I feel really comfortable with myself right now and really don't feel any overwhelming urge to work very hard toward losing the rest of the weight that I so badly wanted to. I know this probably sounds crazy and that I should feel good that I can accept myself as I am. I guess I just don't want to get stuck in feeling just "good enough". I think part of it is that I have started dressing better but I can't think that just putting nicer clothes on my body is all it took to feel soooo much better about myself. Can someone help me understand this?

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