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Focusing on the goal before you begin is a good way to succeed!
I think focusing on skills is good, and it is one reason I like Spark the tracking piece is key for me as a lifetime focus. I used to think that was too much work; now I realize it is what it takes for me to be healthy.
Go slow to go fast.
Maintaining since September 15, 2012
A lot of what was said in the article makes sense. Once we take the pressure off of ourselves and focus more on how/how much to eat, it would be expected that they would do better. I believe in portion control and allow myself to eat "forbidden" foods every once-in-a-while. I think that's helped me maintain my loss. Thanks for the article!
Thanks for posting this. I am still learning so much day by day about maintaining. What it seems to all boil down to, as we know, is that this has to be a lifestyle focused on eating healthier and moving more - two keys that will always be with us - whether or not the numbers on the scale are moving downward or not.
"Success is the result of what you do when the Woo Hoo is all through....."-ON2VICTORY (Robert)
"The miracle isn't that I finished...the miracle is I had the courage to start." - John 'The Penguin
Thanks for sharing this! I think it brings up some interesting points to think about. I definitely had lots of lessons in maintenance along the way as I was losing weight and maybe that's helped me be successful in ways that I've never been before. I'm still kind of surprised that I've maintained for as long as I have and am trying to make sense of why what I've been doing has worked when I've failed so many times in the past. I don't think I can chalk it up to any one thing. It's like all the pieces of the puzzle finally came together for me and everything just clicked.
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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Thank you for the link. I agree that the mind plays a major part in how we deal with the problem of maintaining weight. Getting the right habits in place first is essential from my experience.
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Excellent article. I guess for me I've come to realize that the "battle" is most often won / lost in my head. How I'm thinking directs how I act.
I'm "playing" with 5# up from where I want to be. And, this is a difficult time of year for me to "hold the course". I guess part of the journey is learning to weather these times (storms) and come through on the other side and keep learning more about the process. (...for me anyways)
Keep on keepin' on!
"We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."
"Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts."
Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD)
Not long ago there was a posting about the behavior of those who maintain their weight - and the ones they list in this article - eat mindfully, leave food on plates - were behaviors that most who maintain do not report as using to maintain. The behavior I do remember - weigh daily - is one that many do not find helpful while losing the weight. Yet perhaps it helps to maintain so that you keep an eye on things. I did think it was interesting about the fear aspect...got me thinking. I knew how to lose weight - much practice at it- but I also knew I had failed many times maintaining. So there has been a fear - what does it mean now with the scale flunctuating, how much can I eat, etc. There really isn't a lot of information on these things but as I start to learn from my own body, the fear is less and the confidence is increasing (I now know it seems to be completely normal that the scale flunctuates 3 lbs in one week for me - goes up 2, down 1, maybe down another, then up 2 then back down and I weight same time every day).
I do think that having your mind engaged first will allow you to succeed. When I started my weight loss in 2009, I was mindful that I could lose the weight that the time was now and that I would do it. With only a periodic gain of 3-8 pounds in the last 4 years, I have continually lost weight for 4 years. My last periodic weight gain and loss was in the last 8 weeks and it was the lowest only 3 pounds. I also feel that weighing daily is essential for me. However I do not get upset over small fluctuations. If small fluctuations upset you it may not be wise to weigh daily. For me it is essential. I do hope to lose the last 7 pounds I want to lose. However If I don't I am a lot healthier at 167 than I was at 272.
"Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of." anonymous
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I saw this on CNN and thought it was an interesting twist on the whole process of getting the weight off and keeping it off. Would love your thoughts on it!
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