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Maintenance Plans

Saturday, November 10, 2012

When I hit goal waaaaayyy back when on WW, there was a 10 week transition to maintenance period. You paid all 10 weeks, of course, but the good thing was that they told us how to switch over. Every two weeks we got something back that had been forbidden while losing. Shortly thereafter, WW switched to exchanges, and during the transition to maintenance with exchanges you added a bonus selection or a certain number of optional calories, depending on whether you were a man or woman, youth or adult. When your weight started to creep up, you had a fixed plan to fall back on.

I liked that there was a cookbook plan to lose and a cookbook plan to maintain. I have been following the exchange plan for decades. I have had to wind back my bonus selections and optional calories as I have aged, but I know exactly the framework I am working with. I'm sure that nowadays those plans would be considered "weight loss and maintenance for dummies", but when it comes to weight I will fully admit to being a dummy. I LIKE the idea that someone gave me a list and told me to just check stuff off every day. There is less freedom to eat food that I don't prepare myself, but a lot less agony about what to eat.

There are times when too much choice is overwhelming and counterproductive for people like me. I'll walk into some discount stores and walk out because I don't know where to begin. I don't have that luxury with my eating. I needed someone to hand me a plan with selection lists, pick so many from each list each day. Hard to believe that someone as otherwise intelligent as I am can be completely flummoxed about something as basic as eating without those lists.
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    I like your blogs and I am going back to read your older ones. It is because of one of your blogs I pulled out my old TOPS book from the 80's. It was also based on an exchange system and has everything laid out. I have choice but guidance and even though the book is very old it is a good, sound, nutritionally balanced plan. Leaves no food groups out. I have tried the Points Plus system but I felt lost and confused and it allowed to much freedom for bad choices. I am just a bad candidate for that program.

    1986 days ago
    I liked WW til it got so expensive....

    But it is structured well and does work if it is

    2013 days ago
    Thanks, Nell.

    2014 days ago
    The key is that you found something that works for you.
    Woo hoo so glad for you!
    Sounds like you have this under control.
    have a terrific Sunday.
    2016 days ago
    I agree with you. I really liked the fixed plan. I have a hard time making my own plans.
    2016 days ago
    Nell, I need a plan like that so I can keep maintaining. Was it through WW or another group? I do not eat certain foods. If I eat something as a bonus, I eat a very small portion. I do believe daily exercise keeps my weight down also.
    I do skip Sundays and usually anohter day or so if I need to leave early.
    2016 days ago
    I think that having structure is sometimes the best plan we can have. I personally like to track my meals in advance so I know that my calories and other nutrients are where I want them to be before I even begin to think about preparing and eating my food for the day. It definitely takes the stress and guesswork out of my day as far as food is concerned!
    2017 days ago
    I am much more successful if I track calories and eat at home. This is such a job!
    2017 days ago
    People who keep weight off (according to National Weight Loss Registry) pretty much eat the same things over and over again. I do too: works for me.

    Too much choice = too much temptation!!
    2017 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    I have never been involved with Weight Watchers. What ever Works for You do it.Everyone has to find out for Themselves what Works for them and what does not. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.Take Care. Keep Pushing Forward.
    2017 days ago
    I do better with structure. Particularly when stressed the tighter it is the better. The lists and pre-figured meals help me a great deal. I began with the exchange plan,and went straight to a diabetic exchange plan. Personally, I prefer this to the points, but I agree, as time passes it seems there is an inner counter which eclectic though it may be appears to work.
    2017 days ago
  • JEANNE229
    I totally agree. I've been on WW, too, and love the structure. My main problem is also trying to figure out WHICH choice to make on each day. I am even worse than the average. Tell me what to fix, and I'll do it, but leave it in my hands and I'm lost.
    2017 days ago
  • GABY1948
    So far, all your blogs I agree with 110%! You have such good and easy to read and understand blogs...I appreciate you more than you know and thank you!
    2017 days ago
    Your info is very valuable as I approach goal. Thank you!
    2017 days ago
    Nell, you are so right, too many choices are NOT a good thing for people like myself that are obsessed with food. I need, ''Joan, eat this today, and nothing else."
    2017 days ago
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