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Transitioning to Maitenance

Monday, September 30, 2013

This Thursday I decided that I was happy at my current weight and size and wanted to move off the Medifast meals and into Maintenance. It was a big step, a scary one, but after talking about it endlessly, I was ready for it. The Take Shape for Life program has a transition plan to gradually reintroduce foods and to build back the calories. I'm taking some of the notes of this program with my own new healthy eating skills to try out this next leg of my journey.

So the first day of transition wasn't all that much different than a typical day on TSFL. I ate 4 of my 5 Medifast meals. One meal I replaced with a half sandwich (mozzarella, basil, tomato) and a cup of tomato basil. I really, really watched how fast I ate and tried to enjoy it. The plate came with some chips, and I ate more than I intended, but I didn't finish them. (The next day, when I ate the same thing, I asked to have them excluded - I didn't realize that chips would come with the meal, or I would have done that in the first place.)

Friday night, I searched SparkRecipes to come up with a tasty dessert. I found one recipe, but didn't like how much sugar was in it, so I made my own:

1c Peanut Butter
1c Oats
1/3c Sugar
3T Eggbeaters (also could use 1 egg)

(This made about 24 cookies that I just rolled into balls because I was lazy!)

I realized afterwards that A) it needed more oats and B) I wish I had tried to use a sugar substitute instead of sugar. Oh, well.

I wasn't sure about the serving size (the original recipe wasn't clear), so I divided out 4 small 1" balls. Turns out, they were so rich, 4 was about 1 too many. I felt very satisfied after reading them and felt pretty good about restricting myself to only 4.

And that pattern followed through with the weekend. I continue to eat MediFast meals, but I also added more fruits and veggies. It was such a treat to add carrots to my salad and to eat frozen blueberries again!

Stepping on the scale was a bit of a shock today, as I had gained slightly. But I refuse to panic. I am eating HEALTHY. I am going to watch what I put in my mouth. I am going to make healthy choices. And that's what it's all about. It does me no good to fret about a couple of pounds (when it could have been my retaining water!). Maintenance is about keeping your weight down longterm. I realize my body, from day to day, will vary and shift. That is going to happen. And the sooner I realize that, the better this Maintenance Journey will go!
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    I know you aren't a tracker but it might be helpful to track once or twice per week to give your body a gage of how much food to eat. emoticon
    1609 days ago
    These emoticon really sound good I might just need to try them (really soon) emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1609 days ago
    I'm a big fan of weighing every day. It's taught me about normal fluctuations that aren't real weight. Some foods digest faster/slower than others. Some foods cause me to hold onto more water for a time (it's not just salt). The scale isn't an enemy or a threat. It's just a tool.

    I wish you all the best!
    1609 days ago
    Oh goodness. Now I'm scared lol. I think for my transition to regular food is scheduled for 6 full weeks. I can totally see myself still buying their food during the later stages of maintenance because I'll be too lazy to cook regular meals.

    1609 days ago
    I can only imagine this is a scary time. But you have done so well, worked so hard - I know you can do anything you set your mind to. A couple of pounds could definitely be water! You're awesome!
    1609 days ago
    Maintenance is a very scary thing to me. I was nearing my goal weight before I got pregnant a few months ago. Of course now, my plans are on a bit of a different course for awhile, but I applaud you for taking this step so cautiously and mindfully. I found that the closer I got to my goal weight the more fearful I was about not losing weight anymore. For so long it was what I was pretty much living to do, and the thought of not having that goal was very frightening. You are so courageous, and I'm so happy for you that you are entering into this transition. Congratulations!
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    1609 days ago
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    However you lose the weight, transitioning to maintenance can be scary. Enjoy, though, and make little changes at a time, and see what happens as you do. Take baby steps into maintenance, and you will find what works best for you. You've worked so hard; don't give up or give in now. And if you have a hard day or week, learn to make adjustments and keep right on going.

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    Comment edited on: 9/30/2013 12:48:20 PM
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