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Eternal vigilance means that I track my food, my exercise and my weight daily. But when you're no longer losing, you're no longer getting external compliments: others take the slim you for granted. That's when the positive self-talk and small rewards (bribes?) become key to weight maintenance!
When you bring in your fresh veggies take a few minutes to prep them right then and there! If you have a lovely tupperware full of cut up carrots, celery, cucumbers, etc. you will be more likely to reach for them and dip them in the hummus rather than the chips!! Smiley FACE!
When I am maintaining my healthy habits, from eating fruits and veggies to getting my fiber in to staying in my calorie range, I feel more in control of other parts of my life. And vice versa. It's such a great feeling that when I slip, I remember how much I like control and I get back on track.
When I first started maintenance there were many foods I had avoided for months. A good SparkFriend who had lost over 100 pounds said, "There is nothing you can eat today that means you'll wake up fat tomorrow." When you continue to track your food, nothing is off limits.
I have a cup of my favorite herbal tea from the health food store.It helps with my immune system and gives me the anti oxidants I need plus it helps with elimination in the morning.I have tried to drink warm water with lemon but it doesn't taste like anything.It also keeps my weight down.
Once you hit goal, don't think you can "go back to eating the way you used to." You have a little more freedom, but it's not a huge amount. Stick with that activity plan, stick with all those healthy foods you found. You'll need 'em forever.
I found by eating in a salad plate rather than a regular plate I am eating smaller portions and I drink a glass of water which makes me full therefore causing me not to want to eat more than I should. When I am done eating I don't feel stuffed and miserable, rather I am satisfied and very happy.