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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

OK so yesterday I made the bold statement of "transitioning to maintenance...soon".
Exciting? Yes...Scary? Yes... Like so many, I have a history of yo-yo dieting, but this time somethings are very different.
1 - I have been in a "dress rehearsal" for 3 years
2 - I've learned how to listen to my body, especially when in diverse situations.
3 - I've learned how to make healthier food choices at least 90% of the time
4 - I've learned how to portion control (yes I still weigh and measure) and moderation
a key to success.
5 - I've learned that tracking food and exercise is key for me to stay motivated and
keep me accountable (to me)
6- I've learned I couldn't have done this without SP and all my friends --- thus I am on
this journey with all of you for the long haul. YOUR support and encouragement is

By the way a year ago I thought I was ready for this change when I reached my goal weight. I "failed" (or so I thought back than) to the tune of 10 pounds that I lost
I finally went back to basics and learned a few more lessons (listed above). Now 4 #'s from a lower goal weight I am ready to meet the challenge of keeping that weight off..
I know it may not be easy, but starting this journey wasn't easy either, so I will take one day at a time and for a while take "baby" steps.

For any of you "maintainers" reading this, any advice (especially when you first started this chapter of your journey) would be appreciated.

Have a great rest of the week and let's keep making healthy choices together. HUGS!
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  • JACKIE542
    Sorry, I have missed all your blogs, I thought my computer was fixed. Congrats for making it to maintenance. Take it one day at a time. emoticon emoticon
    1748 days ago
    Way to go Barb!!!! Sounds like you have a great game plan lined up! I am not at that stage yet, I have another 17 lbs to go.......It won't be too long when I will join you in that phase!!!

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    1753 days ago
    Great blog, Barb!!! One of these days I hope to join you. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • GRAMMY_22
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    1755 days ago
    I have been on maintenance for 18 months now. I truly believe that you can do this. emoticon
    1755 days ago
    Good luck with maintenance!!
    1755 days ago
    Congratulations on making a plan and it sounds like a good one. I, too, reached my goal, and have slowly put back on 10 pounds. I'm not happy about that so I have to get back on track. I like the sound of your plans to continue tracking and I will begin again keeping a daily journal.
    1755 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Hi Barb
    I have to agree with all that you have said about maintenance and even if you did gain back 10lbs, you never went to far away and thank goodness we are all here to cheer you on. I know that for me I know I can keep the weight off because I have all my great friends to be accountable to and the exercise is crucial so that will always be there.
    You can do it, there will tough times I am sure just as there was in the other part of the journey but that is what we call life!
    Great job on the almost 60 lbs gone! That is so awesome.
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    1755 days ago
    Sounds good. The tracking (food, exercise ) is keeping you accountable to yourself and as long as you never forget what you've already been through, you should be golden!!! ((HUGS)) my friend. Congrats as you reach time for transition into maintenance!!
    1755 days ago
    Barb: It sounds like you and I are in the same place! Three weeks ago I met my goal and switched to maintenance keeping in mind that I really wouldn't object to losing just a few more pounds but was happy where I was. Since then I have lost 3 more pounds despite increasing the amount of calories in my nutrition plan. I think the secret will be to keep tracking both fitness and nutrition but especially nutrition. This has been a long journey and we don't want to go back and restart it if we can help it. Look at the programs and articles, etc available for mainteners. I have found it quite helpful. Welcome to the club!
    1755 days ago
    emoticon Barb. I have been maintaining since January. It isn't a whole lot different. I still weigh, measure and track. I didn't at first and soon realize that I was lost without it. You still need the support and encouragement of your friends. The one problem that I have run into is criticism from family that I have lost too much weight. Which I haven't. The Dr. is quite pleased. My BMI is in the high healthy range. My Mom says she was even asked if I had cancer. At my niece's party I was asked if I lost so much weigh on purpose. A remark was even made that I think I am hot sh*t now, which I don't.(my sister) I even get wind of a $100 bet that I will have put at least 25 pounds back on by Christmas. Some people just resent what you did.
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    1755 days ago
    Congratulations on having the right mind set - the maintenance journey is the long haul. You have to keep reminding yourself about why you did this and how good you feel now, how good you felt when you started seeing those poiunds drop and your clothes not only feeling better but WOW you are actually proud of how you look. No more tight restrictive pants (or loose tent pants). Yes the reasons are a big part of staying on this journey, the adventure begins now - what can you comfortably eat (and stay comfortable instead of full), a competition with yourself about portion control (something that I still struggle with because I LOVE food).

    Good luck - keep telling us of your struggles and successes and we will be here to see you through the tough times and rejoice with you in the success times.
    1755 days ago
    First of all, Barb, I am proud of you! You have stuck to this journey through thick and thin. THAT'S what it's all about.

    I have been in maintenance for 3 yrs. now. My main "tools for success"

    1. Stay connected! Don't lose touch with your groups, with your sparky friends, as much as possible. Not only for the support, but just helps to be accountable as well.

    2. Definitely I agree with you about weighing and measuring. I still weigh and measure as well. It is just one more tool to help me be accountable for my portion sizes and food intake.

    3. Mistakes will happen! Just like in the weight loss process, it doesn't do any good to beat yourself up in maintenance either. They're opportunities to learn lessons we need to practice!

    4. Keep up your exercise. Try not to slack off on that. For me, exercise is a "de-stressor". So, I do it!

    HUGS and you can do this Barb.
    1755 days ago
    Wow! Going into maintenance! I'm so proud of you, and if anyone can do it, I'm pretty sure you can. You've done great work here, you've helped others along the way, you've given your body and mind time to adjust...Go for it, Girl!

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    1755 days ago
  • MJRVIC2000
    Make sure that YOU know the difference between "a decision" and "a commitment". God Bless YOU! Vic.
    1755 days ago
    My very best advice would be to stay positive and forgive yourself for an occasional slip. Really no different than before because it happens to all of us. Treat yourself with kindness, listen to your body and pat yourself on the back for getting this far. HUGS!
    1755 days ago
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