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10 Months Maintenance and Holiday Outcomes

Sunday, December 30, 2012

While I love Christmas break ( I work in the school system), I am looking forward to the return of my regular routine. I know I have had a lot of trouble this year steering away from tempting foods. I'm a sucker for sweets and salty, savory foods too. Not fast food or prepackaged stuff as a rule, thank goodness, but I really love all the unique homemade things that people make during the holidays. I also enjoy cooking/baking those things myself.

I feel like I've done a good job of keeping lots of healthy choices in my daily routine too, but I know that if I continued to eat the way I am right now, I would be right back on the gain-train in no time at all. Getting on the scale every day has really helped me to continue to gather information on the trends of my weight paired with the habits I'm practicing over this holiday season. I haven't gotten outside of my maintenance range, and I'm happy about that, but I have been doing some reflecting on my previously practiced habits. I feel reasonably confident that I am just practicing some freedom right now, and I'm not just just leaving all my hard work in the dust.

In the past, I would have looked at some of my recent indulgences as reasons to just give up and give in for the long haul- accusing myself of not being able to really make any real change- so why put myself through it?? Well, I know now that I was wrong about that, and I will not let my recent indulgences become regular habits.

I enjoy food too much, and sharing good food with good company is something that still gives me much pleasure, and I refuse to deny myself that pleasure. I just look at it differently in my new life- these events are occasional- not the rule. I don't beat myself up for indulging in special meals, and I do as much as I can to plan ahead for the splurge- I check online menus/nutritional information before going to a meal out. I bring healthy choices as my contribution to a potluck style celebration, and I take advantage of opportunities to get in extra activity as much as I can.

The last two years, during the holiday season, I have been more restrictive with myself than I have been this year. I was also in lose mode then- not maintenance. My goal during the 2010 and 2011 holiday seasons was to NOT gain, and to possibly continue to experience small loss- which I did. This year, now that I've met my goal, I planned to stay no more than 5 pounds over my goal, and I have stayed under that mark, so I am really happy with that! My confidence in my ability to continue to enjoy my life and maintain my new healthy weight has continued to grow. Finding balance between freedom to indulge some and not crossing the line into oblivious abandon has been a challenge, but I have had success with it these last few weeks.

I am less than two months from my one year maintenance anniversary, and it seems almost surreal to even be able to say that after 20 years of cycling through :lose some, gain it back, gain more, repeat.
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    that's excellent. & i totally agree -- good food (especially homemade treats) and friends are an essential pleasure in life ... and learning to incorporate them reasonably ... in frequency and portion size -- is one of the things i'm hoping to master with maintenance.
    1895 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Good for you enjoying the holidays and staying within your range! That is wonderful that you are close to one year of maintenance.

    1903 days ago
    Wow. It sounds like your self image has changed and it will not allow you to stray too far from your good habits. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1904 days ago
  • BERRY4
    Awesome balance! And for me, that IS the challenge of life! -- I keep learning about how my thoughts affect what I do with food. (Sometimes I act like there will never be anymore!?!)

    Love to hear about how you have successfully piloted this holiday time of year! -- Keep on keepin' on as you head towards your emoticon mark of maintenance!

    Happy New Year!
    1904 days ago
    Congrats - your blog shares the confidence you have gained this past 10 months. Well done, soon it will be a year.
    1904 days ago
    What a healthy, well-balanced approach! Sounds like you are figuring out this maintenance thing. :-) Congrats on 10 months of doing such a fine job maintaining!
    1904 days ago
    You have the right attitude and you are totally going to make the one year maintenance mark with flying colors!!!
    1904 days ago
    I think we have a very similar philosophy about food and history of weight loss and regain, so I know EXACTLY how you feel! I'm also looking forward to a year of successful maintenance--my longest streak ever. Now that the holiday season is almost over, let's get cracking and get to our anniversaries at our very best!
    1904 days ago
    Amen! I want to know that I can not completely restrict myself from eating cookies during the holidays, and still stay on track for healthy living. I actually did gain over the last week, but I feel confident that I'll lose that weight shortly, now that the hedonism of the season is over.

    Congratulations on your successful trek through the holidays!
    1904 days ago
    Good for you:)
    1904 days ago
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