In a success story (Lori Mueller's, on RealAge), I read, "I just wanted to get the weight loss done so I could get to the maintenance part".
Wow... I've been "losing" (or trying to) for so long, that it didn't really occur to me that there would ever be a "maintenance" part. Lori's attitude changes the perspective...with perseverance, yes it WILL happen, not MIGHT happen. It definitely worked for her!
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I learned a lot about losing weight with Weight Watchers and a little about maintenance. I came to SparkPeople and learned more about losing and a lot more about weight maintenance. I got The Beck Diet Solution and am learning many more skills in dealing with food and thinking like a thin person.
I lost weight by eating frequently and never allowing my hunger to get too great. I'm thinking more like a thin person now that I am learning to tolerate some hunger and learning I don't need to give in to cravings.
If staying in calorie range is the most difficult part of your journey, try setting a lower weight-loss rate so you will have a higher calorie range. Adjusting your goal from 2 lb/week to 1 lb/week makes is so you can eat approximately 500 more calories per day!
This higher range is more like maintenance, anyway!
This is more of a question. What do you do if you are losing more than you goal. My doctor gave me an estimate of what I should weigh. My goal is the middle weight. I'm about 5 pounds below that. I eat right and exercise regularly. Kay38
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