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I think you hit on the biggest part of post-weight life already. I'm not a fan of the term "maintenance," just because I think people hear it and think "eat a few salads and walk" when it's more complicated than that.
We've lost similar amounts of weight, and I think the key is structuring your life post-weight beyond "dieting goals." For me it was my writing, running a marathon, seeing if I can't build some semblance of upper body strength, learn to dress decently, etc.
With all those things in place, they really help sustain the weight without spending your whole life giving every waking thought to calorie intake, exercise minutes, etc.
Another way of saying it is structuring life so the weight maintenance aspect is in the background, not the foreground.
How have your relationships been effected by your weight loss? New thoughts/feelings/considerations coming up?
You're awesome. Grats and forge ahead!
Edit | And oh my god, cooking! I forgot the most important one! Ironically, really learning the nuances of food and how to prepare it has had the largest positive influence on me. It stopped making food about being a "controlled substance/source of all my evil" and really more of a skill to learn and excel with.
Edited by: RUSSLANE at: 5/11/2009 (13:06)
200 lbs in 9 months? Amazing. They can't even do that on "The Biggest Loser" tv show.
You must be feeling great to get that much extra weight off.
If losing it was easy for you then I'm guessing you may not have much of a problem keeping it off.
Weight loss is accomplished with the mind.
A person who wants something WILL find a way....a person who doesn't will find an excuse.
Which do you prefer?
The pain of self discipline?....or...the pain of self regret?
wow!! great job on your loss and welcome to the team!!
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Welcome and congratulations on the weight loss. Just keep up the good habits you started when you were losing.
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Congratulations on your weight loss. It is harder to maintain but if you continue to lead a healthy lifestyle, it shouldn't be a problem.
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What an accomplishment. Good luck maintaining!
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I'm new to maintenance too. Welcome to the team! There are some really great posts here and members that have been keeping up their weight loss for years. Hope you get as much (or more) out of SparkPeople as I do. Congrats on losing so much the "good old fashioned way"! Keeping it off requires learning healthy habits and lifestyle change, so I'm happy to hear you didn't take any shortcuts.
Wow! Yes, maintain as much as you can! Doesn't matter how fast you lost it, just keep it off forever. Very proud of you! Keep up the good work!
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Wow! Good job!
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I lost about 200 lbs in 9 months. Basically, just eating healthy and exercising. No real diet. Didn't count anything etc. Trying to balance things out now and just looking to maintain. Loosing it seemed too easy, balancing and maintaining seems daunting. Trying to fill my life with new heathy activities.