I know people might not want to hear this, but maintenance is H-A-R-D!
It's not all THAT hard to keep the weight off, actually. At this point, I eat mostly healthy meals and I'm pretty active. I like my life that way, and I'm totally into doing this for the rest of my life.
What's hard is stopping the weight-loss mentality! The "I just have to reach the next goal! If I could lose just a couple more pounds, I'd be happy!" thoughts that roam through my head all day long. The line of thought that tells me, "You're not good enough! You can be better!"
My mindset has been slowly changing, though. I'm 5'1" and I weigh 110lbs, and I'm FINE with that. I don't need to lose just a couple more pounds; I don't need a flat stomach or defined abs. I don't NEED those things. And I'm starting to not even want them.
I'm coming to terms with the fact that my genetics predispose me to carry fat in my stomach. It's something I've been sensitive about as long as I can remember, even in high school when I barely weighed over 100 lbs, because even then I thought I had a "belly." I probably didn't...
But I'm okay with all that! I know if I worked SUPER hard on eating only clean foods and I worked out like crazy, I could probably look like a fitness model. But you know what? I'm fine where I'm at. I'm in the healthy weight range and my body fat is in the healthy range (even on the lower end of "average," almost "fit," actually!) I don't need to go any further.
I realized the other day - I don't judge other people by their body composition, so why am I judging myself by it?
I don't want to spend my LIFE agonizing over things and over-analyzing. I want to live and enjoy my life! I know I wouldn't be able to keep up with the stress of worrying about every pound, every bite, every exercise. That kind of high level of stress is exhausting and is not part of a healthy lifestyle for me!
I've been at the same weight (or around it) for years now. I trust myself to not get out of hand at this point. I don't track my food every single day, and I'm stepping away from the scale more and more. That number does NOT define me and the way I feel about myself! Instead I've been keeping track of my measurements about once per month.
I think I'm just starting to get the hang of this maintenance thing. Being me is good enough. I'm happy and healthy, and that's all that matters.