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30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 6

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Q. What has been most challenging about maintaining a weight loss (now or in the past)?

A. Any time I've lost weight in the past, I've been unable to maintain the weight loss because I have approached the process of losing weight as a temporary thing in my life. I've only been able to stick to the diets I've done because I've thought, "This is only temporary; once I lose this weight, I can eat like normal." Exercise programs that I've done have either had definable ends, and at the ends of them, I've not looked ahead and thought, "When this ends, I'm going to have to do something else to stay moving."

Now, I've realized that I need to change my idea of 'eating like normal' permanently. I will always have to pay attention to what and how much I am eating. I've realized that cutting out all 'bad' food, or even labeling it as 'bad' food sets myself up for failure. I just have to figure out what reasonable, healthy, balanced nutrition looks like for the rest of my life and pay attention to that ongoing.
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    Truer words were never spoken. You've gotta change how you deal with food to make it work.
    1503 days ago
    1504 days ago
    Amen, sistas!

    I'm also learning that I really need to plan and look ahead as life changes to figure out how I'm going to incorporate exercise into my life.

    When I don't, life just sort of blows me around, and I end up putting everyone and everything else first. Very bad for Shelly!
    1506 days ago
    A lot of truth is stated right here! This is "eating like normal". This level of activity is our new life. Spark on! emoticon
    1506 days ago
    Right you are - lifetime learning is there for all of us to discover and put to work in our routines.

    It doesn't help that so many people around us also treat weight-loss and "diet" like an event, rather than a lifestyle. It makes it tough to find your supporters in the crowd!

    1506 days ago
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