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Week 8 of Maintenance

Friday, November 15, 2013

So yesterday marked the end of 7 weeks of Maintenance and the beginning of week 8.

This week has a lot of milestones in it: rounding out 2 months of Maintenance, of staying +/-5 pounds of 155 and most importantly marking 1 year to the day of making the choice to get healthy and lose weight.

Before I embarked on this journey, I feared these months. From September to about February, I just knew I was going to gain 10 - 20 pounds (who knows how much I gained, since I rarely weighed myself). Food, food, food was everywhere, endless, in huge quantities. And whenever I saw it, I ate it.

But this year, I don't really have that same dread, that same fear. Of course, I am still working through my natural fear of gaining (years of being overweight/obese do that to you), but I don't fear October - January the same way I did.

My reaction to the candy-coated holiday of Halloween was my first big encouragement, the realization that food didn't have the same sway over me that it did. Yes, I ate Halloween candy. Yes, I went to parties and enjoyed myself. But I didn't buy bags of candy in September only to eat them all three days later. I didn't beat myself up constantly because I ate a fun sized Kit Kat.

Bu most of the time, I didn't even WANT the candy. I walked down the candy aisles and never was tempted to pull off some of those bags and put them in my cart. When I did eat the fun-sized bars, I was shocked at how bleh they tasted. The chocolate didn't have any flavor other than sweet; everything just tasted sweet and crunchy.

The second big thing I did was this: moderation. I had a Halloween party and ate a bit more than I normally did. But the next day, I followed my plan. I ate normally - healthy foods, fun foods, but all in moderation and always paying attention to how full I felt.

And then amidst all the food, I continued to be active. I ran. I went to Zumba. I went to Spin Class.

So with Christmas and Thanksgiving around the corner, I am not afraid. I'm not afraid because:

1. I pay attention to what my body is telling me. I'm listening to my stomach telling me it's hungry or full and what it REALLY wants to eat.

2. I am staying active. Some days I want to go home and just lounge around, but I try to resist that impulse.

3. When I do want to eat something "naughty", I make it a GOOD naughty. A nice piece of chocolate (not that cheap stuff either!). An apple with a tablespoon of Nutella (Nutella is good for you, no? LOL). Some sort of homemade goodie. I avoid the bakery section at the grocery store, I avoid Cold Stone Creamery and Krispy Kreme, and the candy aisle is NOT on my list of places to visit when I go grocery shopping (unless the mixed nuts are down there - I will go and pick up some almonds in that case).

4. I remind myself that making ONE bad choice doesn't mean throwing in the towel. So I ate more for lunch - noted, move on. Don't use it as an excuse to binge the day away. So I had something unhealthy for breakfast - make a healthy choice for a snack or make sure to spin or run. Whatever I do, I know that yes, I am not perfect, but I don't have to toss myself down the staircase just because I fumbled on one step.

And this is what is carrying me through each day. I pay attention. I don't eat on autopilot; I am in control of what goes into my body and what I do with my body. I am not letting food have control of it anymore - and when I am in control instead of food, I don't have to worry about the dreaded holidays and the massive weight gain.
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    You sound like you are doing just great :) I'm so glad that maintenance isn't the big scary monster you were afraid it would be!

    Just think of all the healthy holiday treats that are still comforting...apple crisps are yum and oh so festive!

    1488 days ago
    Great Blog! Balance is the key. This is the first Blog I read of somebody who is on maintenance and has been successful. It all makes sense.
    Thank you for sharing your accomplishment. This is exactly the path I want to follow during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Not being home to celebrate might be an additional hurdle, but I can do it! I know my husband is supporting me. I hope my children will follow suit.
    Thank you, again.
    1490 days ago

    This is SO encouraging to me! Thank you.
    1490 days ago
    I love this. Gives me hope for my future!
    1490 days ago
    That is a great outlook on life. One day I, too, hope to end the war with food/wine and live balanced.

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    1490 days ago
    Wow, your healthy changes seem to have become healthy habits!
    This is the best part of maintenance! : )
    Also eating less chocolate lets you afford a very good one and enjoy.
    1490 days ago
    You're doing great!
    I'm also working to keep things in perspective. The holidays aren't something for me to dread. I don't have to eat all the food that's available. I don't have to feel deprived either. Balance isn't always easy, but I'm still working on it.
    1490 days ago
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