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Friday, February 15, 2013

Last night I took the granddaughters to dance class as I do every Thursday night. After dropping them off at home afterwards, I was to take supper home for hubby, since it was after 8 (after dance, we go to McDonald's, eat happy meals and play in the playroom for a while), and that late at night, I don't cook. But we usually go out to eat after the family bowling league. With hubby's health problems, he's not bowling, plus he worked late last night and was exhausted. I knew he didn't want to meet the family at a restaurant at 9 p.m. (which is when the league finishes), so I offered to bring food home for our dinner last night.

Then I thought, "What kind of food can I bring home that is healthy?" That is quite a challenge. Sure McDonalds and Burger King have salads, but they're not all that good or satisfying. They'll do in a pinch. But it was Valentine's Day! I wanted something special. There is one Raising Caine's restaurant in town, and it's clear across town from us, so we never go there. Plus I don't eat fried food, and that's ALL they have. But I thought it might be something hubby would like. He had it at work once (someone brought it in), and last year on grandson's birthday, my son and his wife got it for our birthday dinner, so I've had a few fried strips. I really didn't think they were anything special, especially considering how many calories are in them. But I know hubby likes them. So since I was driving right by Raising Caines, I got him one of their box specials. Then I tried to think what I could have. I really wanted soup and salad from Olive Garden, but I knew being Valentine's Day, that restaurant would be packed, so I stopped and got a healthy Subway sandwich. It was satisfying and good and I was pleased with my eating for the most part yesterday. I had a few yogurt-coated Valentine's pretzels with my granddaughter, but I don't think I had anymore than come in one of the 100-calorie packs of them, about 6 or 7. We did go out for lunch yesterday, since it is my youngest son's birthday and he had to go to work at 5, so we couldn't go out to celebrate with the family after bowling, at least not with him. He picked a prime rib restaurant, and I found a new entree offering on their menu--a very delicious bruschetta (I LOVE bruschetta and it's SO healthy!) chicken. It had cheese melted on it, but I still don't think it could have been too bad. I had a baked potato with it. It was a small potato and I limited myself to ONE pat of butter, since I forgot my "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" spray at home. I've discovered baked potatoes taste really good just plain. It's amazing what tastes good when you're really hungry!

So although yesterday wasn't as good eating-wise as Tuesday and Wednesday were, I'm dong better and feel like I'm back on track to drop some of these pounds that have found their way's important to STOP the gain before it gets to be too much.

Katie (in blogged today about the lack of support and bad attitudes some of the workers at her WW meeting have towards her maintenance. There is so little support out there for us maintainers. Everybody concentrates on the actual weight losers, while those of us struggling to keep the pounds off are floundering. I think that's why so many people regain--we've got nobody in our corner, nobody working to figure out how to keep us here, nobody but ourselves. But I am coming up on that two-year mark (April 15), and I'm determined to make it. TWO YEARS! Holy Cow! I just realized today is my 22-month maintenance anniversary! Time flies. Sometimes I find it hard to believe that just a few short years ago, I was a completely different person. Thank God for the support here at Spark. I don't know where I'd be without it. Probably back at 328 pounds, unhappy, unhealthy and sad.
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    Way to go. 22 months is amazing. I've noticed from different people on here that are maintaining that it's hard work, that there isn't always alot of support. But I've always noticed those who stick around here seem like they do better, and those who have a great support system at home do well. Sounds like you have both, way to go rockstar.
    1853 days ago
    You are amazing. 22 months is a great milestone. Congratulations!
    1853 days ago
    emoticon It's very true that people celebrate losers much more than maintainers.
    I also love spark for the support, it's what's helped me with my binge eating the most.
    If it wasn't for sparkpeople, I would still be binging and fat.
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    1853 days ago
    Sounds like you did well! You know, I read that blog that Katie wrote, too. Maybe you and she should start a group for maintainers! I will need one probably sometime within the year!
    1855 days ago
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    Congrats on keeping the weight off for 22 months. You are right there are so many things on how to take the weight off. very few on how to keep it off! Awesome job doing that!!!

    1855 days ago
    You did really good on the food today. I agree that fast food is almost never good for maintainers. I can't even do Subway because I'm gluten intolerant and I can't eat their bread. In a pinch I can have Wendy's - a plain baked potato and a small bowl of chili.
    1855 days ago
  • KERRYG155
    Two years is great! I do know how hard it is since I tried for about that long up til I let myself go with 2 replacements (25+ for each). I also see how horribly that has messed up my body so I pray you keep doing what you're doing and stay in that maintenance and that I can get back there soon! emoticon btw-they're just jealous!
    1855 days ago
    Those yogurt pretzels sounds like a good treat!
    1855 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    Happy 22 Month Anniversary! I still have 76 pounds before maintenance, although for the last two months I've been maintaining! I guess there really is no secret formula for maintaining. I guess persistence and consistency still matter in order to find the balance you need!
    1855 days ago
  • MARTY728
    1855 days ago
    Congrats to you! I have never been in maintenance mode and can only imagine how difficult it is. I know from my own experience how pounds creep on from what seem like restrained eating choices. Maintenance must be brutal! Right now I am focusing on eating for life, exercising for life. This isn't a diet. Your blog is very helpful and thanks for sharing your experiences! Also, I hope your husband feels better soon.
    1856 days ago
    Pam. You are my hero and will always have any support I can give. I should drop by your friend s page ( if she is a Sparker ) and tell her I am in her corner too. Thanks for the heads up. I will try to remember that Spark is always here for me even when I reach goal.

    1856 days ago
    Good for you for getting something healthy for yourself. The Mr really likes Cane's but I don't care to go there because the CEO has flat out refused to provide nutritional info. He's literally said something along the lines of "you don't come to Cane's to be healthy, it's about moderation and we use all white meat." That told me about all I needed to know. But man, their Texas Toast? SOOOO good!! (Bad. LOL)

    Congrats on your maintenance! I wonder if you sought out maintenance blogs/communities if that would help you feel more supported? There are several blogs I read that have lots of readers and they just talk about daily life, what they eat, their workouts etc. They don't talk about losing weight much just about trudging along. Two I can think of off the top of my head are Roni's Weigh and Can You Stay For Dinner. I envy you maintainers. I'm maintaining...too bad I'm not at goal weight! Pffft.
    1856 days ago
    Awesome - am so proud of you .. how many pounds are you playing with right now .. I am so off WW because of several reasons and Spark has it all and more. I am flirting around with a measly 2 pounds and they are so difficult to lose especially when you are on maintenance and have been below goal for a while ..
    1856 days ago
    emoticon on your maintaining for almost 2 years. Your are amazing!

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    1856 days ago
    I am so impressed with your almost two years of maintenance! I lost 130 lbs several years ago and gained it all back. You're right, there isn't a lot of information, resources, or support out there for maintenance. I'm back on Spark to lose the weight again and this time, take a different approach to maintenance. I don't ever want to do this again (losing the weight). I am going to keep following you to see how you do it, and hopefully I will be as successful as you have been!

    1856 days ago
    I just love reading your stories! I rarely comment, but want to say two things...

    Congratulations on 22 months of maintenance!

    I love baked potatoes with a little salsa and nonfat plain greek yogurt (to take the place of sour cream).
    1856 days ago
    Congrats on approaching the 2 year milestone. You are just doing great!! Ask your WW leader for some maintenance support -- or the receptionists. All of them have done the program and are maintainers. Yep, there the emphasis may be on the losers, but ask for your monthly bravo star in the meeting, if you want. We sure to get your annual Key to Lifetime in the meeting. It is something to celebrate. And if you just can't get the support you need at your WW meeting, you know that SparkFriends are good for it. You are doing AMAZing!! You make many wise choices every day. It isn't easy, but it is possible, and you are doing it!!!
    1856 days ago
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