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Day 7- Transitioning to Maintenance

Thursday, February 07, 2013

I have 9 days until my birthday, which means 9 more days of accountability. The accountability was to get me through the stress of starting a new job, and so far it's been very beneficial! Thank you for all of your comments and encouragement! I don't know if I could have done as well this week without it!

I decided, awhile back, that I would come to accept whatever weight I was at on my birthday and then change my mindset to that of "Maintenance" on that day. This is going to be a pretty major process for me. It's hard, when you've been on a diet and trying to lose weight for 3 decades, to finally achieve the results you wanted (or in my case, exceeded. There was a time when my ultimate goal was to reach 170 lbs!). So I'm sure I'll be blogging throughout that transition.

Today I was slightly tempted by the doughnuts, but didn't indulge. Also, I'm coming up with a game plan for meals while working night shift full time.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TWO-TOO-MUCH 2/12/2013 10:13AM

    You are truly an inspiration! Congratulations and continued rewards for all your hard work!

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SADWHITEWOLF 2/12/2013 8:35AM

    I think maintenance will be a good transition for you. You are healthy, beautiful, and strong and you have what it takes to stay that way!

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KRISTA4REAL 2/11/2013 8:20AM

    As I am getting closer to a medically healthy weight, I have been somewhat worried about maintaining. I'm almost afraid of not having a goal to reach. As of right now my goal weight is 155 which puts me at the higher end of my healthy range, but I have a feeling I can get beyond that. I think once I hit that weight I am going to start seriously focusing on strength training and building muscle because I have lost so much muscle mass! I took a "Muscle Max" class the other day and I was almost in tears at how little I could do. I kind of fell into the trap of focusing on the number on the scale rather than trying to preserve muscle. I know this journey is a life long process and to maintain we need to keep reassessing and resetting our goals. I know you will succeed in maintaining because that is actually what you have always done! You have such strength and perseverance I know you will reach any goal you set for yourself. Just remember that it is natural to fluctuate in weight so don't let that number on the scale define you. If you keep eating healthy and exercising your body will naturally stay at the weight you are meant to be. Love you and miss you! emoticon

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SPUNKYDUCKY 2/9/2013 9:20PM

    II love the idea that you are ready to transition - I think that means you are ready to love the girl in the mirror...

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JULIERAE41 2/9/2013 8:28PM

    So happy for you! Way to go! I pray the transition will be smooth and you will find peace with the number on the scale. You are strong and beautiful woman with a heart of gold! Your hard work shows and you kept your beauty IN and out.

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SERENEART 2/9/2013 10:16AM

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PIPSANDMSMAMA79 2/8/2013 7:53PM

    Thats great!!! Glad to hear you're resisting temptation. Speaking stupid husband is eating Nacho Cheese Doritos right next to me and I'm about to grab the bag and throw them in the trash just because I'm mad that he's making me smell the cheese dust. LOL. Seriously though. Its so awesome that you made so much progress :) Congrats!!! I can't imagine how it will feel when I get to a point where its just maintaining. Sounds like a dream, lol.

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GODS_TEMPLE 2/8/2013 5:23PM

    If it helps any, you look like you weigh less than your tracker indicates, so it must be mostly muscle, especially since we know you wear size 2 pants. The last time I weighted (and only time I weighted) 132 lbs, I wore size 10 pants...of course, I have very large bones! emoticon

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CHRISTINASP 2/8/2013 4:59PM

    I'm sorry, somehow I missed your blogs for a while, but I 'subscribed' now! Sounds like very good plans, and I'm looking forward to hear about your transition!

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JADOMB 2/8/2013 1:55PM

    I expect great things from you. I don't ever foresee you slipping back into the abyss. Keep the faith

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CAMAEL100 2/8/2013 5:27AM

    Wishing you the best for maintenance, you are strong enough in every way to do it. It must feel strange to finally get there after all the hard work! It should be proof to you of your strength of character. After that you can achieve anything you put your mint to!

The doughnuts every day is hard to resist. It is one thing to resist one or two days but it gets harder as we keep seeing them. But your resistance 'muscles' are getting stronger every day as well!!

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ROCKMAN6797 2/8/2013 4:44AM

    Good for you!
Maintenance is hard work but you are disciplined enough to do it!
You got this!

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FLAMENM 2/7/2013 10:14PM

    I love how you are approaching maintenance.
A new you, who is going to kick *ss in that new job.

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ROCKYCPA 2/7/2013 9:15PM

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OOLALA53 2/7/2013 8:16PM

    As you might guess, I like your plan, especially if you haven't been doing anything drastic to be where you are. You'll still have to eat sanely in "maintenance." Unless a person has a real health issue, I think everyone deserves real meals even if they can't stay really thin. It's all relative anyway. emoticon

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JASONV33 2/7/2013 7:16PM

  Great job! Remember 'plan the work, work the plan!!' emoticon

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