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5/14/13 6:30 P

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It is such a great feeling when you realize that you can allow yourself some treats and that the sky doesn't fall. Although I'm still working on operating on more of an even keel, I find that I can give myself carte blanche to eat pretty much whatever I want one meal a week without seeing a net gain. As long as I'm eating sensibly and exercising moderately the rest of the week, I find it hard to eat so much at that one meal that it offsets what I'm able to "bank" the rest of the week. It's tempting for me to just spread those extra calories out over the rest of the week and not feel compelled to overdo it at that one meal, but I've been really reluctant to make big changes to what's worked so well for me so far. It's great to have that release once a week and to not have to worry about what and how much I'm eating, even if it's just one meal out of 21.

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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5/14/13 8:59 A

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I may need to relax a bit and allow myself more treats. I have continued to lose weight even though I'm on maintenance. I keep slowly increasing calorie levels but I'm not eating enough yet apparently to maintain. Thanks this is helpful.

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5/13/13 4:19 P

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Hi All, One slice of pizza, un-buttered popcorn and one hot dog not so bad. I went out to eat and had salmon but had a large piece in may have been 6 oz. It also had white beans. Large amounts of protein yesterday can be just as bad. I exercised for 40 minutes and mowed the lawn for 2 hours. I also walked the dog for 90 minutes. Linda from bean town

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5/13/13 10:45 A

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That is a good lesson to learn. I am new to maintenance and still learning. Yesterday was Mother's Day and I ate pizza, popcorn and hot dogs with the bun. I will eat healthy today. We shall see.

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5/13/13 5:29 A

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5/11/13 2:47 P

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You are so right. You made some choices for a few treats and were still able to maintain. Congratulations! Linda from bean town

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5/11/13 2:06 P

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You've found one of the secrets of maintenance - being aware at all times of what and how much you're eating. You showed that you're always aware by adjusting your dinner menu to have fewer calories since you'd had more than usual for lunch. Congratulations on staying at or very near your goal weight!

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5/11/13 11:06 A

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I think that's an important lesson in maintenance--that you can have treats you love without feeling that you've blown it or are a failure. I knew when I started that the moment I started feeling deprived it would be all over. Sure, I can't have donuts as often as I'd like, but I can have one once in a while. For what is life without donuts? emoticon emoticon
Congratulations on navigating a difficult food week successfully!

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I went to the track meet yesterday to watch my daughter run. When we arrived all the runners were in the buses and dark sky and rain was all the information needed to understand what was going on. Lightning was sited in the area and the event was delayed to see if the storm would pass and the event could proceed. Things did seem to calm down and everyone headed to the track and bleachers. After just one event everyone was asked to leave again due to lightning being sited within 10 miles of the high school. Soon after getting back in the car, the rain began to fall heavily and the whole event was cancelled. The radar indicated a large storm was approaching. Since we had driven quite a distance for the event we decided to go shopping for some wedding gifts for our friends. While entering the mall, my wife said she wanted ice cream, my mother in law wanted an Auntie Ann's pretzel, and I wanted coffee. In the end I ate some of all three items. This comes after teacher appreciation week in which the PTA and our administration staff fixed up the teachers with bagels one morning, BBQ pork sandwiches, and honey baked ham on two different days for lunch. I enjoyed all these special treats this week and still have maintained my weight. I have tracked the calories and adjusted my dinner choices to make up the difference in calories and have managed to stay at about the top of my current calorie range. This seems to be the spot where I can maintain my weight at my current activity level. So, I was able to enjoy some special foods and find my "goldilocks" calorie and activity range to maintain my weight. I still want to eat the more nutritious and less sodium enriched options on a "normal" week, but all in all an interesting experiment week in my journey.

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