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Living Life and Losing Weight and Preparing for Maintenance

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

One mistake I made several times during serious attempts to lose weight was to pass up events, like parties and weddings, so that I would not be tempted to overeat. What I found was when I went and did the best I could I was practicing a skill I would need the rest of my life. When I stayed home, feeling deprived, I was depriving myself and not learning the lesson I needed.

To survive events, don't go hungry. Eat healthy - like veggies and lean protein - before you go. Try to find out what will be served so you can plan. Offer to bring something healthy you would enjoy. If it's not appropriate (like at that wedding), you can always carry a cheese stick and an apple in your purse to eat discreetly if you need to.

And if I'm caught out without healthy options, I remember that even when I have no options about what to eat, I totally control the amount I eat.

When you develop your healthy habits around your life, rather than wait to live your life until you are at goal weight, you are developing maintenance habits and setting yourself up for a lifetime of success!
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LEWILL1982 9/18/2013 8:16PM

    Great advice and reminder. I fell victim to avoidance the first time around. That's not fair to ourselves, nor is it fair to those that took the time to include us. Eat to live, don't live to eat!

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ELIZABETH5268 9/18/2013 1:48PM

    Very true. I feel sad for people who feel they need to give up life to reach their goals.

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NATPLUMMER 9/18/2013 9:01AM

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MAGGIE101857 9/18/2013 7:45AM

    It sounds so simple and yet....it is a skill that we need to develop and hone to "almost" perfect. Thanks for sharing this with us!!!!

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KANOE10 9/18/2013 7:27AM

    That is excellent advice. I used to do that also and learned the same thing,. There will always be events and celebrations. You just have to make the best choices possible.

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MSLZZY 9/18/2013 6:52AM

    emoticon Right on!

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STONECOT 9/18/2013 6:32AM

    I don't get invited to events often enough for it to make any difference, maybe every eight weeks or so? So I have found that reducing my portion sizes has reduced my appetite, and I can indulge myself at family occasions, knowing that the interval till the next time will be great enough for me to catch up. I behave myself 80% of my life, and the other 20% I do as I please.

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NEW-CAZ 9/18/2013 2:50AM

    Wise lady Marsha. Great blog!

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NEW-CAZ 9/18/2013 2:50AM

    Wise lady Marsha. Great blog!

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_LINDA 9/18/2013 1:29AM

    emoticon blog and the wise perspective -you simply can't ignore life, its going to get in your face sooner or later. so like the Girl Scouts -its best to be prepared! And this is why you are such an awesome maintainer and an inspirational friend to look up to and learn from!
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WEEPINGANGEL74 9/18/2013 12:30AM

    Living life is part of having a healthy life!

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TXPATRIOT 9/18/2013 12:19AM

    You can't avoid life long term.

You must develop strategies that work for you. These are great ones!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/17/2013 11:43PM

    emoticon blog and great lessons learned. Keep up your great work!!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/17/2013 11:18PM

    You are absolutely right. This is a lesson I'm still trying to learn. Social gatherings have always been tough. Thank you for sharing your strategies.

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WATERMELLEN 9/17/2013 10:10PM

    Excellent perspective . . . we can't postpone living, and we've got to have a sustainable approach to maintenance.

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TAICHIDANCER 9/17/2013 9:49PM

    Good advice!

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POETLKNG2LOSE 9/17/2013 9:33PM

    Great blog Marcia! If we live our lives foregoing all of the important events because of worrying about food then we stop living and are just existing. Even if we fall down and overeat all we have to do is pick up ourselves again and start over. emoticon emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 9/17/2013 9:08PM

  Exactly! We have to learn to live with those temptations around us rather than in a bubble of clean food only.

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/17/2013 8:48PM

    Great blog today, Marsha! So true... we have to incorporate the importance healthy habits have in our lives INTO our lives... celebrations, commemorations and all. Well said!

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SEAJESS 9/17/2013 8:36PM

    This is so funny! Your title grabbed me and I didn't look at the author name. I was excited about the idea of being ready for maintenance... the Gold Standard of weight loss. Thought I'd educate myself about what's down the road. Read the blog and thought, "This is a emoticon atttitude! She really knows what's she's talking about. Who IS this wise one, I need to add her as a SparkFriend".

HA! It's you, of course! I repeat what Gaby said. about you and ONEKIDSMOM. Thanks for the hope and the attitude adjustment. It's all an opportunity to practice skills and to get better 'n' better. No waiting to live my life!

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ZIGGY122 9/17/2013 8:35PM

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JOYINKY 9/17/2013 8:32PM

    Well said! I agree!!

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AQUAGIRL08 9/17/2013 8:22PM

    emoticon I agree! That's why going out with our local team has been so helpful for me.

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PMFISH 9/17/2013 7:31PM

    Way to go lady! As usual you are right on track with great advice.

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GABY1948 9/17/2013 7:25PM

    This blog was PERFECT for me today. I just recently have begun to HOPE that I too would one day (and hopefully one day soon) be able to be on Maintenance too. I have been around you and ONEKIDSMOM long enough and read your blogs that I actually dare hope since learning 2 important lessons this year. So now I am really WANTING to read the blogs about maintenance.

And her you come doing one today. All I can say is emoticon and this is a really GREAT lesson! emoticon

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ROMNAM 9/17/2013 7:03PM

  So nice to read about the same problem I face each weekend where I want to participate in the event and social but was always fearing that I am going to face a challenge. Now that I read about your opinion that this a time to practice the skill we have learn, makes me feel better !

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COCK-ROBIN 9/17/2013 6:59PM

    You're doing great!

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