For me it was less a different way of eating than a different attitude. I had to continue to do all the same old things but without the triumph of seeing the numbers on a scale go down. While I was losing, like most people, that change in the scale was the motivator, and I lost that once I got to where I was going. On most journeys you prepare and travel, and you know what to do once you get to the beach or Disneyland or wherever you are going. You are prepared for arrival. With weight it wasn't like that because I had no idea what to expect beyond the initial celebration. It was more like the journey my ancestors made when they carried their few belongings on to a ship for the New World. I'm sure they didn't find what they thought they'd find, but it all worked out. It's less "maintenance" than "maintaining", doing the same old thing day after day but with different things in my life. Since I hit goal, I had two more kids, bought and sold houses, got divorced and remarried, got my kids through college and welcomed 5 1/2 grandchildren, all while staying at the same approximate weight. Keeping half an eye on my weight is just something I do while all that other stuff is going on.
No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.
Original Goal: 114. Current old lady goal: 106.