Hang in there, JUDE.
Like you, I'm mostly in maintenance. Actually, I have been, for the past 6 months or so. I initially wanted to lose 50 pounds, but changed my goal to 60 when I still had a significant "muffin top". I reached my goal of a 60 lb loss in September, and have lost a few more since then.
The trick to maintenance is that we need to still be on the program. My mantra: "A temporary diet means a temporary weight loss".
I recently posted a blog (feel free to skip the "numbers" at the beginning of it) where I outlined the strategies that I still use, and the things that I give myself permission to no longer do. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
After you read it, consider making your own list. "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." And, when I need to, I very occasionally go back to even doing some of the things that, mostly, I no longer do, such as tracking food for a few days or a week, or adding in more DOWN days again.
Continuing to weigh myself daily, and posting regularly on SP are two of my most important strategies, because they help to keep me accountable to myself and others so that I don't "fall off the wagon". Actually, I recently read what someone else wrote about "falling off the wagon". She believes that implies that she is not driving the wagon. We need to drive the wagon and be in control of each and every choice we make, and then we can't fall off.
Edited by: MAMABUGAZ at: 4/9/2012 (13:03)
Co-Leader: Plateau Busters!!!! & Doing It With Multiple Sclerosis
2005-2009: 185 lbs. Some minor yo-yo-ing.
2010/Sept: 180 lbs; Waist 46"
2011/Jan 1: 160 lbs; May 22: 133 lbs for DD's wedding
2012/Jan 1: 119.8 lbs; May 1 117.2 lbs
2013/Jan 1 - 121.2 lbs
Monthly wt is in my SP intro
Reached 118 lbs for about 6 months; working hard to maintain weight, w peri-menopuase now;
Goal range: 107-118 lbs/W31.5. Under 123 OK
| current weight: 121.6