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MICHI525 SparkPoints: (3,898)
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5/8/13 12:43 A

Congrats on hitting your goal!

How strict is your meal plan? Does it allow for a cookie every now and then, or are you aiming for absolutely completely perfectly healthy food 100% of the time?

Maintenance is all about figuring out what works for you. Rather than trying to cut junk food / sweets out completely, you could try portion control. Decide how much you want to eat, put the rest in the freezer or share with a family members or friend and then eat the portion you wanted to eat.

When you give yourself permission to indulge every now and then, junk food / sweets won't become a temptation you can't resist. Rather, they're just one part of your diet that you can control just like you can control your intake of carrots and broccoli.

EDENFELL Posts: 208
5/8/13 12:26 A

Hi! First of all congratulations on hitting maintenance - that is a huge accomplishment. I have the same triggers as you and find that if I eat my meals a bit earlier than when I would be utterly starving, I tend to snack and overeat less because I'm full and happy that I've eaten. Hang in there..looks like you've figured out most of it and just need to figure out this tiny piece of the puzzle.

VALSPARK2013 Posts: 16
5/7/13 9:01 P

Congratulations for getting to maintenance! But man....I know what you mean! I've done well since March 9th and these past couple days I've indulged in a pan of rice Krispy squares, why I made those I don't know, thought others in the house would eat them. This past week has been the first week I have messed up so bad. I find myself asking if I will ever be able to control the binge beast. I'm not going to give up or give in though, haven't lost it that bad. I suppose that's when regular physical activity comes into play. Exercising regularly counteracts the extra calories we eat when we stray. I tell myself that's where I really need to focus now, because I haven't been active. :( Not sure if I have given you any help with your topic, but I can sure relate. I suppose the idea is to never give up, keep up the good fight!
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BEANBYDESIGN SparkPoints: (31,282)
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5/7/13 12:29 P

Since you've identified your triggers, the thing to do now is to start working on addressing them. For example, you said that getting overly hungry is a trigger - since you know that, start packing portable snacks to carry with you when you go to work or are out running errands or whatever, so that you don't put yourself in the position of getting overly hungry in the first place. Addressing your triggers should help you break these bad patterns.

KCLARK89 SparkPoints: (26,271)
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5/7/13 12:28 P

Hello!

I'm the same way!! But nutrition is 80-20. Keep up with your good, clean eating for 80% of your week, and allow yourself that 20% of "free for all" so you don't feel like you're being deprived.

AHUVAK1 SparkPoints: (11,841)
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5/7/13 12:08 P

Hey All. So Yay, I have hit maintenance, and I am doing pretty well. That aside, I am still consistently having a lose control eat fest once or twice a week. I make up for it by being super strict for the day or two after, but still, that's not a way to live. I want to get to the point where I basically eat normally all week long. I know what some of my triggers are, like getting over hungry or stressed, or feeling really tired. Would appreciate to hear any feedback!

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