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I agree that we have to try to find other goals -- fitness, education, whatever -- once there is no more weight to lose. It can help keep us motivated.
The insights given from these team members is why this maintenance team is so important.
Everyone has given their method of thinking and acting for living a healthy life that isn't all consuming (no pun intended) around food.
We have to be vigilant in our good choices to stay healthy. Gorging and then giving our permission to that is not a healthy answer as most of us have found.
This all takes time and effort but gradually gets to be a (good) habit.
Keep up the effort.
Fork down - activity up!!
Ask not what your government can do for you, ask what you can do for yourself. .
- Dallas Horton, Philosopher and Self-Made Man
It's a constant learning experience for me. What usually happens is that I go on a "losing" trend, end up too low, then have trouble figuring out what a good weight for me really is. Right now I'm sure most people would be thrilled to be at my weight, but I'd like to lose 5 to 7 pounds. So, although I'm not killing myself at it, I'm in losing mode for the moment. Oh well, at least I'm used to it, know how to do it, and don't have as far to go as I might!
Edited by: SUZYMOBILE at: 6/3/2011 (07:16)
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"Letting go is much harder than fighting."
"Everything is exactly the way it's supposed to be."
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the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference." --Reinhold Niebuhr
I think that maintaining a healthy lifestyle with healthful heating, invigorating activity and continued mental stimulation is now my life goal. I would like to not have to think about weight and food as much as I do, but I accept it as part of my life. At least my thoughts are centered around healthy eating instead of compulsive eating. We all have challenges, maintaining my weight is one of mine. I am learning to accept the challenge gracefully.
Nancy C (Daisy) - Colorado
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"I don't have a runner's body, but I have a runner's heart - and that is all you need. "
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When I changed my mindset from weight to being healthy the weight gradually came off and has stabilized. My focus is on making healthy choices. I'll never be able to go back to eating the way I used to and the way that most of the people around me eat. And , I don't want to. I feel great and want to keep it that way! It's a lifestyle change. I'm more active than I've ever been in my life, am in my sixth year of maintenance after a lifetime of yoyoing and will be turning 70 this year. Life is good; focus there! Be well, Joy
Joy , in KY, USA
72-recycled; feel new!!
8 Year Maintainer
Abs/stretch 10 min-Day 10
Hoop 10 min - Day 603
9716 mi wkd since 1/1/10
goal range 128-138#
WOGGER54, it's a struggle for everyone, especially at first. I'll tell you, I still have certain foods that I just don't want to eat for fear of gaining and I've been at or below my goal weight for nearly 5 years.
What does keep my mind off the losing mentality is to find another goal to work towards - a fitness goal, nutritional goal, something along that line. Right now I'm working toward a 50 mile bike ride that I hope to accomplish next month.
Co-leader of ~'50+ Maintainers'
Frugalists and Simple Living Team
how do you get yourself to go from the losing mindset and into a satisfied maintaining mindset, i've had this my goal for so much of my life i now want to move on and be a normal human, eat normally, i know eating and maintaining is a trial and error thing, some people do well with some foods while those same foods cause other's to gain, i know i just have to listen to my body and start adding things in slowly, but i do not want to go back to the same bad habits that i had that caused me to become overwt to start with, Menopause really hit me with a vengence, it was probably getting even with me because everytime i'd see an article on it i'd quick turn the page, ignore it and it'll go away right, wrong, it doesn't, then at the same time i started my job at the hospital working 12hr night shifts, ugh, i do like my job and the people i work with but my alone time walking is so important to me also, it keeps me sane and so helps my moods, it's just finding the right time to do it that is a problem, well have a good day all and if anyone has any suggestions as to how to change my mindset, something that helped you, please let me know and maybe i can pass it on to someone else someday, hope everyone has a good day, it's beautiful here in central pa.