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Monday, October 29, 2012

i've been working on maintenance for a while, just taking a bit of a break from calorie-restriction to evaluate where i am and how things are going. i lost 107 lbs, and my weight is pretty much staying there, but i have noticed from day to day, week to week, there is about a 6 lb variation....it goes up, and it goes down, with no real pattern or anything. i believe that means i've learned how to eat for my body's needs. it sounds so boring and unimportant to say that, but it's HUGE for me. i am neither over-eating, nor under-eating--for the first time since childhood (when i was so hyperactive, i burned all my calories away!).
i quit tracking calories, because i found myself becoming obsessive about it, and it caused me to undereat. i think my period of "rest" is over....it's time for a change. i am going to eat like i've been eating for the last few months, but i'll be keeping an account to see what my intake has been like. after doing that for a couple of weeks, i will see how it all pans out, and from there, hopefully i can make plans that are reasonable and rational for ME to drop the last of my weight.
my life is completely different, and i know i will not go back to morbid obesity, but it's not likely i'll ever be "thin." fit...healthy...content....exp
eriencing freedom from a warped body image, unrealistic expectations, yo-yo-dieting, self-loathing.....i'm getting there, and that's much better than thin.
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    I'm so happy that you've been sitting back and evaluating your life, that you don't want to be too obsessed with tracking and yet you want to know where you are with it. You've been figuring out what works best for you and that's all about maintenance when you feel you've gotten there, isn't it?! I wouldn't know, but I would think so. I know you have wisdom in all this and you will know when you've won and you will do what you need to do each day to keep winning! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    That's awesome...you've done fantastic! I trust your success will breed success. You've done a great job so far of finding what works for you...and that is what it takes. Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon
    2368 days ago
    GREAT blog. I too am working on my maintenance. It's not an easy road. I quit tracking too, and maybe I should go back as the scale seems to be inching up. I like to think that I will never again be morbidly obese, but it is my greatest fear, well, other than someone in my family getting hurt or ill. Let's face it, this weight is something we can control. We have the power, and I realize to FEAR weight re-gain is silly, since I am the one making all the decisions about what I eat and what I do with my body. I just have to constantly remember how much I hated hated hated being fat. I have recently had some bad eating days, and I know I can't keep doing that. I like your plan to keep track for a few days and evaluate to find a reasonable plan. I should probably do that too. I've been toying with allowing myself one cheat day. ONE day per week where I could eat more than my 1,500-1,700 calories, without going too crazy of course. I might have to UP the walking to make sure I don't gain weight, but perhaps that one day wouldn't stretch into 3 or 4 days of cheating that way?! I don't know? As I have often said, I'm a work in progress, and it sounds like you are too. As long as we keep working on it, there's always a chance of success!
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