They say the REAL education takes place on the bus on the WAY TO school. The education about real life.
Perhaps the same goes for the weight maintenance education. I haven't learned much new information since making it to maintenance.
On 12/31/12 it will be one year of maintaining for me.
Most of what I learned about maintenance, I learned right here, on SparkPeople, before I actually got to maintenance. It's not that different from losing weight. Education is key...I read and re-read articles on Spark frequently. I play trivia and take quizzes for reminders to stay on track. I have backed off from blogging just because of time restrictions. I'd rather work-out or take a hike than blog about it.
Maintenance requires an independent spirit. Maintainers are in the minority...always. The 5% everyone refers to. . . most people will fail, mmkay... sorry, just the way it is. There is no safety in numbers here. In some situations it may not be the popular choice either. Maintenance is not as glamorous and exciting as weight-loss. Fewer compliments and less attention. If you are in weight-loss mode and that motivates you, find something a substitute now.
The closest thing to an ah-ha moment for me was realizing that there is no end to maintenance.
It is FOREVER. The end is just...death. That's all.
Not gonna lie...
Maintenance is not for sissy-dawgs.
Maintenance is hard!
I have learned to accept the fact that I will go up and down constantly in my 5 pound goal weight range.
The sacrifices don't stop, but they are so worth it.
It is hard, just like losing weight was hard. It is a different kind of hard though.
Just like being fat was hard. There are different varieties of hard.
Simply pick the kind of hard you want.
I pick the maintenance hard.
You can too! Spark on!