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Nella! It sounds like you have all the right attitudes and behaviors in place for maintenance. I've got to check out that portion link that you posted!
"Awareness is all."
"Letting go is much harder than fighting."
"Everything is exactly the way it's supposed to be."
“Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.” —Gilda Radner
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference." --Reinhold Niebuhr
Welcome! I do agree that challenges help when you're in maintenance. No longer are goals about losing weight - because you're already there -- so we neeed to come up with new things to motivate us!
to the Team.
You have already got good advice from folks in the Team and have summarised them well.
Another thing that I have learnt (eventually) is to focus on being aware of the tastes and textures of everything that I eat. I try hard to take time to savour the foods that I like.
I have finally realised that the volume of food doesn't intensify the pleasure of its taste so I am able to enjoy smaller amounts.
Good luck with maintaining!
Start weight - over 166 lb
Reached goal weight in September 2009
Current maintenance range - 120-123 lb
Joy, it really helps to know that I am not the ONLY facing this challenge!
What I have gained so far from you guys, which I knew but need to put into practice:
- don't bring trigger foods into the house because they just call your name until you eat them
- log all food before you eat it, even when or especially when it makes your go over for the day
- plan ahead for the food that you are going to eat at every meal
- exercise consistently
- if plan to eat trigger foods, get them in individual serving packages, if possible, if not put a serving size on your plate BEFORE you start eating it
I AM STARTING RIGHT NOW TO PRACTICES THESE BEHAVIORS!!
I agree with NFC! Eating in moderation is my challenge too; and I'm in my 5th year of maintenance! Writing things down, including calories, before I eat them (even if I'm already over my limit) helps more than anything I've done. The other is just not keeping my trigger foods (cheese, ice cream, crackers, chips . . .) in the house. I can enjoy them when I'm out. In moderation. I don't think I will ever be able to not count calories and maintain my weight; but it's a small price to pay. On the flip side, although I don't think it helped me lose, exercise is critical to my maintenance. Be well, Joy
Joy , in KY, USA
72-recycled; feel new!!
8 Year Maintainer
Abs/stretch 10 min-Day 17
Hoop 10 min - Day 610
9750 mi wkd since 1/1/10
goal range 128-138#
Thanks! You are right I think that is the trick, log it before it goes in your mouth and plan ahead. I am going to start using the spark meals to plan ahead. Of course we are going on a week long vacation starting Tuesday and any little change seems to always give me an excuse of some kind. I am going to try
I am going to try to eat what I want but track it BEFORE I eat it and try to follow portion control.
Here is a great slide show on portion control from the mayo clinic - http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/portion-c
THANKS for the advice and encouragement, I really need it to get back on track!
Welcome and good luck in getting back to where you want to be.
The best thing to do for help in eating in moderation is to track your food before you eat it.
If you plan your meals and snacks for the day you are likely to stay with the plan. When you eat in a 'free for all' mode you are likely to sabotage yourself.
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
Hello, I am just joining this team and am ready to get back to my goal weight. I need desperate help in how to eat in moderation! I also am hoping we can have some friendly competitions, that seems to keep me on track. :) I have posted an idea under the topic chat about challenges, if you want to add your ideas for a challenge.
Can't wait to get to know everyone.