Of course it isn't. If I stopped tracking and didn't follow gut instincts on when to stop eating and calculating which days I should eat less on and which to eat more on I would be gaining the weight back, and then some!
But, when it's all planned out, mapped out and being practiced, it almost feels like, yes, I can have this and that and still stay the same.
So another way to stay motivated in maintenance and keep going is to count what you've had that was special in the week which you couldn't have in weight-loss mode - and if you overindulge in this, you WILL gain weight and then you won't even be able to have the amount you are currently having.
I've been maintaining 3 weeks now!
I weighed myself on Saturday and I was exactly the same weight as 3 weeks ago. Wow, I am so happy. I was expecting to derail by this time, but I guess I was careful enough even though I am enjoying myself like never before.
So what did I have that was special? Well, first thing's first - I'm eating carbs with every meal now, as opposed to skipping it sometimes. Working fine - just need to adjust by drinking more water - good for us anyway.
3 Week eats that weren't on the menu before:
*Garlic Naan Breads - they are smothered in butter and heavy, but if you have a small one, it's around 200kcals - so still good enough for me. YUM!
*Regular Soft Drinks - not often, only if the diet is not available for example or I really want that Fanta.
*3/4 tub of Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice cream. This wasn't planned, but a counter-measure for accidentally eating a really hot green chilli and having no sense of taste for dinner etc. Compensated for it the next day.
*Fajitas - not very heavy but just avoided tortillas
*Grated Cheddar Cheese
* Lamb Mince Lasagne - home made! Oh so good. 450kcals per big slice.
* Home made & Betty Crocker Mix Chocolate Brownies! Heavy - 1 regular slice sets you back by 400kcals but its worth it.
Eating all this stuff and seeing the weight stay the same has me baffled.
I've been tempted some days to go for second helpings but I have resisted and it's paid off.
I'm finding maintenance OK, enjoyable, still have to be vigilant - still have to exercise, but hey clothes fit great and I feel great, so what's not to like?