I say that the way to prepare for maintenance is to live the way you are willing to live forever right now. Because everyone keeps saying it's about a lifestyle, and it is. The goal weight is not really the point. I really think that's where the struggle comes. People think life is going to be different or they are going to be much different than they were while they were losing. This especially happens when people are doing something rather heroic or drastic to get there. If you aren't doing pretty much what you're going to do forever, transitioning to maintenance might be hard. But if you have been learning to find foods that you enjoy and eat them in moderate quantities, to move consistently in way that you can sustain through most life situations, maintenance is pretty easy. The advantage someone has when it takes a long time to get there is that she has a long time to get used to the habits. They really need to be habits. I'm never going to get less "strict' than I am right now. If anything, I might get stricter about exercise. But I'm not doing anything for the short run to lose weight. I might do something for an event, like more workouts before I went to dance camp this year, but that was for the event, not for weight loss. Make the lifestyle the real goal. Then as long as you do what you set out to do, you're always there.
*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four years and counting. nosdiet.com/
*Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
*Get to the next meal hungry! www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
|1,574 Days since: I began the NO S lifestyle