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I reached my first goal of 145 last summer. I have managed to maintain within 4-5 pounds since then. My secret is: I step on the scale every morning to make sure I am not letting the weight slip up on me. If it looks like I'm gaining, I can refocus on my food and exercise.
One sure way to lose control is to completely deny yourself. Choose what you really want and allow yourself a small amount. That way you don't feel like you're never allowed anything good anymore. It's all portion control!
I spoke with a woman who had lost weight & maintained for 30 years. She told me her secret was 5 pounds! Her goal was 115 so she lost down to 110. She then has 5 pounds to work with. If she gains a couple of pounds, she doesn't get concerned. When she gains 5, she works to lose that 5 by eating healthier then she had been. She's been successful doing this for 30 years!
Suddenly noticing you are chilly can be a sign that your metabolism just dropped into low gear. Rev it up by moving around. It doesn't need to be a lot of moving around either. Simple tasks around the house like emptying the dishwasher or folding the laundry can be enough to get things going and warm you up. If you really want to kick it up throw in a workout DVD or go for a walk or a jog.
In order to maintain my weight loss I go by the 80/20 rule. I eat healthy 80% of the time and allow myself to indulge 20% of the time. This keeps me on an even keel and allows me to have some of my favorite treats so I don't feel deprived and start binging. It has worked well for me for almost a year now!
Don't keep clothes that are too big for you. Clothes that fit you are your constant check that you are staying the course. When the clothes get snug you have too take care of it because you have nothing else to wear.
The only thing I can say is that since day one, I changed my thoughts to "this is how I will eat for the rest of my life", not just some short term fix. Yes, now, I can eat just a little more, but really not much more that throughout the entire weight loss process. 100+ lbs lost and maintaining.