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Getting Ready for Maintenance

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

At 155 pounds (even though my doctor's office says 160, I'm still using the number my bathroom scale says for the time being), I am 10 pounds away from hitting goal and shifting to maintenance. Scary, exciting, empowering, all these emotions are fluttering like butterflies in my stomach.

One of the things that has been most important to me is maintaining. It does me no good to lose over 110 pounds if I am just going back to my old eating habits and regaining. I will have learned absolutely nothing.

(Oddly enough, after people see how much weight I've lost and congratulate me, they somehow ask about how I plan to maintain it. Interesting how that conversation goes.)

So I'd like to take these blog posts and kinda refresh myself over the things I'll be doing to change my life long term. Things like:

1. Planning my meals

2. Exercise!

3. Smaller meals

4. Healthier food choices

5. Water!

6. Portion control

7. Listening to my body

I may have lost the weight thanks to Take Shape for Life and Medifast meal replacements, but my goal isn't just to dump weight and look sexy in a skimpy dress. It's health and lifelong health. It's loving my body as it is. It's listening to what my body is telling me and not just indulging in some food because it "feels good" (but will make me feel horrible later - as my previous blog post discusses!). And it's taking care of the body I have so I can enjoy my life to the fullest.

So please, join me as I get ready for Maintenance! Feel free to post your own tips and suggestions - and if you have healthy recipes, PLEASE send them my way!! Because I'm a TERRIBLE cook and healthy recipes are going to help me through those first few weeks!
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EDDYMEESE 8/28/2013 12:41AM

    Great job!

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SNOWYOGA 8/27/2013 10:55PM

    I want to say again great job and I won't say that it has been easy, but in here (SP land) I think that you will do it my emoticon Your strong and you inspire me Keep going, blogging, and more pictures of you and your new and fun life! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

P.S. Please keep sharing how you did it, got to were you are and were you are now going! emoticon

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NIELSENSLADY 8/27/2013 10:15PM

    Great job. You can find good tips on halfsizeme.com She is a blogger who has been living at goal for a long time now and she posts a weekly menu plan each week.

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PRINCESS_SOFI 8/27/2013 5:26PM

    In my Medifast plan, after I hit the goal weight the following 6 weeks are transitional. I eat half medifast and half normal food to introduce it into my system. Only then after 6 weeks do I go into the maintenance phase. I'm curious as to why some plans are different from the same company...

Then maintenance is 24 weeks. I'll have to do the weekly in-person checks in until July 2014.
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AJDOVER1 8/27/2013 5:22PM

    I track what I eat. It really makes me more mindful.
My weekday breakfasts and lunches are the same each day. Auto-pilot works in my favor. I focus on eating fruits and veggies first. I don't cook much.

Basically maintenance has been exactly like weight-loss. I exercise, I walk, I eat well at least 80% of the time, I drink lots of water, I stick to small portions, I eat slowly and think about what I'm putting into my body. I weigh myself every morning and I don't panic no matter what the scale says.

Yeah, there are occasional chili burgers (actually half). I've learned to make a pint of ice cream last for FOUR servings. I eat raw nuts. I buy organic produce at the Farmer's Market and I really taste what I put in my salad. Good food is important. I eat a square of dark chocolate almost every day. I don't eat low-quality candy. I don't drink soda. I haven't had a donut in years. I don't turn down a taste of something I really want and enjoy. I don't overeat. If there's food left over, I wrap it up for tomorrow.

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CHERYL_ANNE 8/27/2013 3:43PM

    You know all those things you do everyday that got you this point? Yeah... those. Maintenance is not really that different. Still going to make the best possible food choices, portion control, drink your water, move your body. You get to eat a little more calorically, so you can maintain the loss you have accomplished (because we have been overweight, our maintenance caloric figure will be different from someone who has never been overweight).

Maintenance is for the rest of your life - and you're going to add to the foundation you already have - so make it a foundation that is sustainable for the long term.

You do what works for you until you discover something better, and then you do the next thing.

You got this, my friend!

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KITTYCAT64 8/27/2013 3:05PM

    What an amazing feat to have lost that much weight. You are an inspiration.plan well an t as me a day at a time. Mostly, if you mess up never, never, never throw in the towel. Immediately start your plan again.

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MIRMIUM 8/27/2013 2:54PM

    Good for you thinking ahead to the maintenance stage!

One thing I enjoy is fried eggs on a plate beside a salad. It's a bit weird but I fry the eggs to nearly hard and that gives them a very satisfying fried kind of flavour to have beside the salad.

Another really great lunch idea (that I'd like to do more often) is salad rolls. You soak rice paper circles in warm water for a few minutes and fill them with cucumber spears, carrots, shrimp (not necessary), romaine and mint* (mint is critical and I like to put a lot). For a dipping sauce, we use hoisin and mix it with a bit of peanut butter. We also do a little bit of crushed peanuts on top for some extra texture. They are super tasty and really low calorie. The rice paper gives you some very satisfying carbs.

A word on hunger pangs, keeping apples or fiber 1 bars in my purse has really helped me out. Before, I used to be ravenous for dinner when I got home...and of course I would make some poor decisions as a result!

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GOCALGAL 8/27/2013 2:38PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I would advise to do what you are doing and Keep Sparking!

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MARIET103 8/27/2013 2:38PM

    Congratulations, that is amazing! You have such a positive attitude and have clearly learned so much about yourself during your journey. Ironically enough, you and I are almost the exact same weight and I am gunning to drop (at least) 10 pounds in the coming few months.

As for recipes, I recommend Hungry Girl (www.hungry-girl.com). I just posted and reviewed one of her recipes on my blog today... a very filling and delicious (and so easy!) chicken soup recipe.

Good luck with the last 10 pounds and with the maintenance. You can definitely do it!

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