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Preparing for the big M

Sunday, December 18, 2011

This week was a little tough, with holiday parties both at my husband's work and mine. First came his, at a nice bar in town, very pleasant. I had a good plan, ate dinner beforehand and wasn't tempted by the more fattening offerings. I had some fruit, grissini, and two glasses of wine spaced out over the entire evening, and didn't end up going over my calorie range. And it was great fun - we had a date night, without the kid, after a long time, and we both enjoyed it a lot (including dancing).

The following night was my work party. The complicating factor was that I was one of the organizers, so I had to be involved with it in the morning and then again from immediately after lunch until it was over. So, no separate dinner or afternoon snack, plus my husband brought our daughter for the event with Santa. All of that combined to have me eating on the run, whatever I could grab. Not too, too much, no sweets, but the cheese packed a lot of calories, and it is very yummy in this part of the world! My best guesstimate for the day was around 2500 calories. The next day I went back to doing things by the plan, which I think is the most important thing in all of this. And yes, the party was a success,so all that work was not in vain.

My official weigh day is tomorrow, but from my unofficial peek I am within 0.5 kg of my goal. Which means that the scary, scary thing I had failed at before - maintenance - will soon be upon me. I suppose that this real-world exposure to parties was good practice in the end, since going over my calories and not eating the most nutrient- rich foods did not make me lose all restraint. Still, I am apprehensive. I think my maintenance range will be 58 +-2 kg, and that should be feasible. I know from my twenties that a weight of 54 kg is not maintainable for me, but I did in fact maintain 58 for a long while, with exercise.

I'll be looking to all of you, my experienced maintainer friends, for guidance and advice!
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    Sounds like you handles all the parties wonderfully. Good luck with maintenance mode!
    2314 days ago
    You did great! There are so many abnormal holiday food almost makes you wish for the holidays to be over, LOL! Congrats on almost reaching maintenance too. I think you have the right attitude.
    2315 days ago
    You are doing an emoticon job. Keep up the good choices & you will be doing emoticon in 2012!
    2315 days ago
    One of the big keys to maintenance for me is to get back to those nutrient rich foods as quickly as possible after a challenging day... because in spite of the cravings that you might interpret as a need for that cookie or fudge... your body is really asking for the freggies and protein that you shorted yourself the day or meal before.

    So... majority rules in maintenance! Make sure the bulk of the time you're eating well, and the occasional indulgence will not derail you.

    Congrats on your great handling of the day!
    2315 days ago
    Maintenance is different than losing. It took me 7 weeks to start to get it right; 3 weeks after that, I think I'm there but could still be proven wrong. Be aware that the weight your body ultimately settles on might not be the same weight you targeted in the weight loss phase. That's okay.
    2315 days ago
    You did great at the date with your husband,
    and it's fantastic you got back on track right after the party.

    I was afraid of maintenance too, but it is going well so far.
    For me the key was adding calories gradually (100 calories each time) as long as I still lost weight. It was embarrassing, but stopped eventually and my weight has been stable for 2 weeks.
    Another important thing is to continue exercising, just like during the weight loss phase.

    Congratulations to your progress!
    2315 days ago
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