Kari, congrats on your loss! I have been at goal for most of 40 years now.
The reason that slooow, healthy weight loss is so good is that it gives you the template for maintaining, because the Maintenance diet isn't all that different from the Weight Loss diet. Just a few calories extra each day or week. If you have a foundation of good habits like tracking and activity, just keep it up. Your food diary (electronic or paper) is your roadmap for maintaining. Hug it to your bosom!
The biggest difference is motivation. You will no longer have the thrill of a drop in numbers on a scale to cheer you on, so it has to be more internal, and more relying on those of us who plug along, one day at a time. Or rather 3 meals at a time.
Like Barb said, it is far far easier to eat an extra 2000 cals than 100-200 every day. If you learned to love the food you are eating now, you will have a comfortable, reliable maintenance.
And as always, nothing tastes as good as thin feels!
Keep up the great work!!
No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.
Original Goal: 114. Current old lady goal: 106.
|2,240 Maintenance Weeks