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11/29/12 8:05 P

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Thanks so much for the great responses! I've loved reading about everyone's experiences and have just written a blog about my own. It's far too long to put here, but feel free to stop by my page and check it out if you're interested:

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My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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11/29/12 10:49 A

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I would have to say that the healthy lifestyle stuff just kind of came together as I was going through weight loss. I made sure that I embraced the process before I embraced the weight loss, because I knew that I would need the tools for when I reached my goal and beyond. I have also made sure to always have at least one fitness goal out there to reach, so that I'm always challenged.

So no real "Ah-ha" moment during maintenance, but a lot during weight loss.

Jane

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11/29/12 8:14 A

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Wow! What an awesome topic. Although I'm not at goal yet, Ioved all the answers and I think it will help me a lot once I get there. There is always that thought that once I get to goal maybe I can eat all those things I've deprived myself of and you have reminded me that although that can be true, I will have to monitor and log my food just like I'm doing now. I love to exercise so that will always help me but I am learning what I will have to do with food and thinking so thanks for sharing. Great posts!

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11/29/12 7:39 A

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My AHA moment was when I followed the CORE program when Weight Watchers first introduced it. The challenge was to actually stop eating when I was satisfied - such a novel concept! LOL

My personal conviction is that eating only 'til satisfied is THE key to weight loss and maintenance, regardless of which Plan you follow.

"If your food can go bad, it's good for you. If it can't go bad, it's bad for you."
Dave Zinczenko

Please note that I am a Weight Watchers employee writing about my personal experience on plan. The views expressed are my own and do not reflect the views of Weight Watchers.


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11/29/12 6:44 A

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Mine was that my activity level and calories need to stay the same to keep the weight off!

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11/29/12 1:17 A

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No real ah-ha moment but I'm getting older (mid-60s)and was worried about maintaining if I couldn't exercise as much as at present. Then I read Dr Fuhrman's Eat to Live which recognises this as a problem for some people and I feel I've found my key to maintenance. Now I just have to keep to it and limit "treat" foods to appropriate times!

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11/28/12 10:06 P

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More like an "ah" moment.....when the knowledge finally sticks I'll call it an ah-ha!


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11/28/12 9:39 P

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My "aha" moment came right after I reached my goal 6 years ago. I was so proud that I went out and celebrated my way to quickly gaining 5 pounds back in a BIG hurry. That's when it hit me that I had changed my eating habits, but I hadn't changed my relationship with food. From then on, it was my way of life. Hope this is what you meant.

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It's hard to be happy with others if we are not happy with ourselves.

Just keep on moving and you'll get there.


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11/28/12 8:57 P

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My "aha moment", or maybe more properly described as my best "discovery" in this journey, is the importance of protein and emotional intelligence.

I had always resisted the Atkins diet type, and thought I was eating healthy by eating lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Both of my parents died of cancer so I sought foods which were considered to have preventative properties. After menopause, weight loss seemed impossible, despite a very active lifestyle.

On a lark, I checked out the Dukan Diet (the diet followed by Prince William's mother in law), which is high protein and low carb. It worked for me, and I feel satisfied. Protein satisfies my body's needs! I have lost the bread/bagel/whole grain cravings. I can't tell you how happy I am to have finally discovered what works for me physically.

The other important discovery was on an emotional level. I worked through a program headed by Laurel Mellin, called " Solution Training." I learned some skills I had missed and re-trained my brain, which enabled me to stop the emotional eating. This, too, has contributed greatly to a much happier life for me.

Great topic and I look forward to hearing the "aha moments" of others!

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11/28/12 8:56 P

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Not for me, either. I wish.

It came down to acknowledging that I was going to have to do the EXACT same things to maintain that I did to lose:
- Track foods
- Drink a ton of water
- Keep my foods as clean as possible
- Exercise like a mad woman

Nancy Anne

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11/28/12 8:33 P

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No aha moment here, just a realization of acceptance that I couldn't have what I wanted when I wanted it and still have what I really wanted. The choice is always mine to make, and more I choose what I really want in the long run, the easier it is to get past what I want NOW.

Nell

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11/28/12 8:28 P

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Excellent topic. Unfortunately, no aha moments here. Many reflective, retrospective moments when it dawns on me that, gee, I don't miss wheat at all. Or, gosh, I LOVE going for a walk twice a day. And, wow, I haven't had a yearning for dessert at night in weeks. The kind of gradual progression that makes periodic looks back at "how far I've come" worthwhile.

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the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference." --Reinhold Niebuhr


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11/28/12 7:57 P

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Interesting topic, the one thing that comes to mind is the moment when I realized that it was not that I was a glutton and not exercising enough, but that the foods I was eating were affecting my hormones. That affected my energy levels and moods, making it hard to exercise at anything but a fairly low level and enjoy it and making me hungry every two hours. Since I've figured out what to do, for me that is no sugar, grains or legumes, everything else fell in place and my weight loss resistance disappeared because the viscious cycle was broken.
Birgit

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11/28/12 7:57 P

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Gosh - I've had no Aha moment at all; my program has evolved very gradually over the last 11+ years (almost 10 in maintenance now). I've discovered that if I don't track everything I eat, I gain weight very quickly - I'm simply unable to wing it.

I started out in Weight Watchers, and lost 50 pounds there (from 180 - 130) - it took me over a year, I realize now because I was not a diligent tracker. I kept going to meetings during maintenance, and happened on a leader who ran a tracker challenge - she would give a prize to anyone who brought in twelve weeks of completed journals. I took the challenge, lost those last 5 pesky pounds, and have been a dedicated journaler ever since (with a little time off for vacations). Since then, I've been hovering between 120 and 125, usually toward the lower end.

I think keys to my success have been the WW philosophy that no food is off limits - it's simply a matter of staying within a budget, just like money. The other was to continue going to weekly meetings for a full year after I became a lifetime member. IN addition, continuing to track my food and weigh in weekly has been essential.

During my losing stage and afterward I made sure not to deprive myself. I usually astound people when I tell them that I lost 50 pounds eating lots of fast food and a big bowl of Capn Crunch several nights a week. My Fast Food go-tos? McDonald's Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Burger King Veggie Burger, KFC Honey BBQ Sandwich (alas, this is no more), Chick-Fil-A Grilled Chicken Sandwich, McDonald's Asian Chicken Salad, and of course, Subway's lower fat sandwiches on wheat bread.

I strongly believe that making drastic dietary changes at the beginning of one's journey is a setup for failure. It takes time to become accustomed to a new way of doing things. As long as we're heading in the right direction (or maintaining), that's what matters - not how fast the weight comes off.

Since then, my diet has evolved gradually to be ever healthier. I joined SparkPeople when I wanted to make sure that I was getting enough fiber in my diet, and needed a way to track my nutrition. To my surprise, I discovered that I wasn't eating enough fat! At that time, I was getting only 10-15% of my calories from fat each day. So, I started eating nuts, flax meal, and unsweetened soy milk (for the fat) instead of skim. I recently switched back to skim milk, and started eating an egg each day to make up for the fat. Since I've done that, I been coming much closer to the 50/25/25 macronutrient ratio that SparkPeople recommends.

It's funny, but I rarely want Capn Crunch any more. And I've recently discovered that half a banana makes a great bedtime snack - it's a bit sweet, a bit rich, and it's real unprocessed food!

That said, I still overdo it when I'm tired and/or stressed, and I definitely overeat on the holidays when all of the once-a-year favorites abound. So, when it's over, I reduce my calorie budget a little until I'm back where I want to be without stressing about it.

Gosh, that was a long answer to the question - no Aha moment for me - just a long journey of incremental tweaking, which will continue forever.

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11/28/12 6:52 P

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I'm just curious to see if anyone out there has had an "Aha" Moment in maintenance where all of the pieces of your healthy lifestyle came together and the process and your execution of it just started to feel natural and intuitive. If you've had that moment or if yours was a process that evolved more gradually over time, could you describe it and how it has changed your perspective on long-term maintenance?

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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