I've definitely found all of the things that are mentioned in the article to be important in maintenance. For me, it's really been a matter of ALL of those things coming together at the same time, coupled with keeping up the healthy habits I've developed and being prepared for the physical and mental stamina that maintenance requires. You can't just hold onto your good habits in the short-term and revert back to your old ways once you get to your goal. And, unlike weight loss, there's no endpoint for maintenance. Sure, you can set little goals and challenges for yourself, but ultimately you need to become more and more satisfied with the idea that not seeing changes is a good thing. That can be a hard concept to wrap your head around when you've previously been motivated by downward trends on the scale or in body fat percentage and better, faster running times, etc. At a certain point, things will and should level off and we need to learn to be content with that instead of always feeling like there's some carrot to be chased. Once we reach our goals, we've got the carrot. We just have to learn how to hold on to it, which is a different game.
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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