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Staying warm prevents me from eating to get warm. In this way, my favorite comfy sweatshirt, cardigan, and even dolphin blanket are essentials for weight management around my house. As winter approaches, make sure you have non-food ways to stay warm.
Anytime I have a craving for something salty, I keep pistachios around. I'll take 1 handfull and sit down with them and a big bottle of water. By the time I have shelled all of them and drank all the water, I am full and no longer want anything else. Make sure to buy the ones with the shells. It takes time to get them out, so you won't eat mindlessly!
I've always kept on track when i weigh in daily. For me as soon as i start skipping days the weight starts piling on. For me, the reason not to weigh is because I feel guilty over a meal or just ate too much. I know weight will flucuate on a daily basis and I only track it satudays but I still find it best for me to weigh in daily. That's my maintenance secret:)
In six months or so I've maintained, my weight has been stable in the 160-165 range. But my nutrition guidelines have varied by 25% based on my injury and exercise status. I've had calorie ranges from 2200-2550, up to 2900-3250. If I see the weight moving in one direction, I change the calorie limit in the other direction.
The old song line "I get by with a little help from my friends" definitely applies to staying the course beyond reaching goal. Finding Spark teams that focus on maintaining motivation to maintain (At Goal and Maintaining, to name the first I joined) and meeting Spark friends in person, even across miles and states has helped keep the maintenance journey as fresh as the excitement of losing it in the first place.
I have found that in order to stay on track for maintenance I need to need to keep tracking what I eat and my activity. Last weekend I had a very busy day, over 25,000 steps, biking, lawn mowing, walking, and had kept to my average calorie intake. The next day I was at work and a half a dozen times when I started walking around after sitting for a while, I was light headed. I have found that I need to track what I eat to not only keep my weight down, but make sure I am eating enough.
. I've never been big on meal replacement shakes but i recently cam acroos the Vi-Shape shake. These are AMAZING! You can literally create any flavor you want, not to mention the protien and the nutrition its packed with.