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Getting Psychologically Ready For Maintenance

Monday, April 11, 2011

9 pounds left to reach a really lovely goal weight for me-- a realistic goal weight that still puts me in the "slim and fit" category when a stranger would be asked to describe my physical attributes.

I'm preparing myself for the next lifelong goal, that of maintaining this weight. I've been able to lose and gain weight since my early teens. I've been too thin; I've been.............ahem.........
...............chubby, sometimes in the same year!!

Now that I am a woman-of-a-certain-age and have shed these pounds in a most healthy way and have incorporated good solid exercise six days per week into my life, I must change my attitude about maintaining, something at which I've not been so successful in the past.

What's different now? An epiphany. Hello! I must be diligent forever. Oh. It's that simple? Yes, it's simple; it's just not easy. I at long last realize I will need to monitor my portions for the rest of my life. It's a fact. I accept it with joy.
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    The taste of thinness and fitness now overwhelm the tastes of cravings. Health, when you become a woman of a certain age, takes on new meaning. As we see peers with ailments that seem out of sync with our images of ourselves and aging parents with the ailments of old age "taking care of ourselves" takes on new meaning.
    2628 days ago
    Nicky, as you so eloquently expressed - it's simple, just not easy! I find maintenance takes as much patience and persistence as losing. Good luck with your continued journey.
    2628 days ago
    Nicky, what a wonderful feeling for you. Accepting a new lifestyle with joy means that it will be forever. I remember my similar moment. It would have been in 1991 when I was close to goal and I was having lunch in the teachers lounge. I looked at the lunch I had packed and told my friend, Pam, "I could eat like this the rest of my life" and it dawned on me that I would eat like this the rest of my life. I've had a few times when I've drifted but I've never drifted far or for long. Twenty years later I weigh less than when I first became a LTM. Embrace the joy.
    2628 days ago
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