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Maintaining: A Mental and Physical Change

Thursday, August 15, 2013

I always assumed that when I reached my maintenance weight , I would jump for joy. It took me a while to get here, and now I've done it! Woo hoo!

Alas. I've spent so much time trying to lose weight, it's hard to get used to the fact that I don't have to anymore. So much so that sometimes I feel uncomfortable in my own skin.

Isn't that strange?

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    Congratulations on getting to your goal! I guess it's true when they say it's journey. We are constantly discovering and changing. It might take time. But you will get there. emoticon
    1676 days ago
    Yep, that's why there is an team for maintainers here on Spark. It's the same in one sense: you still have to track and weigh and measure and stay vigilant without the reward of a number moving on a scale. It works so much better with a group of supporters. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/
    Come on over!
    1679 days ago
    I hear many say this. But you can keep it stable and enjoy this special time. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1679 days ago
  • JOE14250
    SP has a really great maintenance group 15000 people or so.

    They have really great support and resources. I have become a member in advance only half way there.

    The job is never done. Done = relapse. tons to be gained and regained just slip a bit and ignore it.

    1679 days ago
    I would say that maintenance is MORE difficult than weight loss. It has fewer rewards, requires perseverance for a longer time (try forever ;)), and has fewer supports from society at large. So, it's no wonder you feel a little uncomfortable. Take your time adjusting. You are in it for the long haul now and living day to day with attention to your long term goal of keeping the weight off will bring you success.

    Congrats on getting here!
    1679 days ago
    That sounds like a reasonable problem to have. They say maintenance can be just as difficult as losing the weight because it requires a different mindset! It takes some effort to figure out how many extra calories you should eat or how much you exercise you should cut back on to stop the weight loss.
    1679 days ago
  • MJRVIC2000
    When we learn how to love ourselves, than we will know how to love others and God. God Bless YOU! Vic.
    1679 days ago
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