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2 Years Of Maintenance

Sunday, February 09, 2014

So I made it to that all magical 2 year mark.

Supposedly when you make the 2 year mark of maintenance your chances of regaining the weight drop down to 50%, not great odds but much better than the 95% within the first year.

But really what do those odds mean? Do those odds keep me from eating whatever I want? Do those odds drag my butt out of bed and to the gym? No! Just because my odds are increased certainly doesn't mean that the I can relax on the hard work.

During my first year of maintenance, when the odds of me regaining all of my weight were a staggering 95% I was scared to death. I not only keep up my extreme weight loss routine, it actually became more restrictive. I was so scared of those odds that I literally was killing myself to not gain it back. That first year of maintenance was rough.

During my second year of maintenance I started to become more relaxed, maybe even a little too relaxed. I gained some weight back and in turn gained back some of my sanity.

What I have realized about this process is that it is all about learning. While weight loss have a very structured plan, maintenance doesn't. There are no rule books telling you how maintenance works. If there were, no one would be overweight. So while the first year for me was about learning to not gain the weight back, the second year was about learning to live again.

I know that I like food. I know that there are going to be occasions where I want to eat crappy. There are going to be occasions where I will want to eat healthy. Hopefully there will be a lot more of the latter. I also know that exercise is a part of my daily life. For me exercise is what keeps me going, and more importantly keeps me succeeding. While you can't out exercise a bad diet you can counter act a bad choice, or two.

As I have went a long in this process I have learned that this new lifestyle is becoming less of a chore and more of a routine. Eating healthier is just what I do, I have relaxed enough to allow myself treats but for the most part I just eat what I eat. Exercise is less of a task and more just a part of my daily life. There are still days where I have to remind myself why I work so hard, but there are also days when I have to tell myself that I have to shower too.

Reaching my goal weight.

1 Year Maintenance Anniversary

2 Year Maintenance Anniversary

This journey from start to finish has been challenging, exciting, trying and a roller coaster. There have been ups and downs. I have had to learn as I went, man have there been a lot of learning curves, but in the long run I have finally learned that self acceptance, dedication and hard work are the "secrets to success"! and even though the statistics don't mean all that much, it's still nice to know that I am now on an even playing field.
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    emoticon emoticon For some reason I missed this blog back when you wrote it. I am so excited for you! You have done great things on this journey and have inspired me more times than you know! emoticon
    1868 days ago
    1887 days ago
    Congratulations on reaching 2 years, that's fantastic!
    1892 days ago
    emoticon on 2 years of maintenance!!

    As a FORMER yo-yo dieter, maintenance means more to me than losing weight. My goal this time is to reach a healthy ideal weight for my frame and be able to maintain it. That's the true indicator of success.

    Thanks for sharing your experience. It nice to know that even though it is not easy (to me, it seems like the toughest part of the journey), you are able to strike a balance and pull yourself back when you veer off a little. That's my dream and you are living it!

    1892 days ago
    Congratulations! What a fabulous milestone!
    1893 days ago
  • _JODI404
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    Congratulations!! Making healthy habits part of your routine day is definitely going to keep you on track. You look fantastic, and I applaud you for working hard to find the right balance that really is healthy!

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    1893 days ago
    Congrats! Thanks for sharing what you've learned!
    1893 days ago
    First of all let me say "I really like the Lions tank top".

    emoticon on your maintenance.

    1893 days ago
    emoticon I can't wait to be celebrating my 2 year maintenance anniversary!!!
    1893 days ago
  • WINNIE1978
    1893 days ago
    Thanks for sharing - it's great to see how well you've been able to navigate maintenance. As you said, it can be a really scary place to go - but as long as you've found a way to make it work for you and you continue to be healthy and pleased with the results - that's about all that matters! Yay! Happy anniversary!
    1893 days ago
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