Maintainers - how do you keep your head in the game?



  • rosiorama
    rosiorama Posts: 300 Member
    I'm one of those people who needs to weigh myself every morning in order to stay on top of maintenance. I log my weight. That daily dose of reality keeps me from slipping into being mindless about what I'm eating. If I go over my 3 lb zone, I start logging food again. Cutting way back on sugar also has helped me maintain. I still eat plenty of healthy carbs. I try not to bring anything in the house to eat that I wouldn't want to see in my log. And like others, I've gotten rid of all the fat clothes and remind myself of the new ones that I love.

    Thank you all for this thread! I need to adopt the three pound window mentioned above! I started here in 2015 and lost 20 pounds. The first winter I gained it all back and relost the 20 the following spring. I’ve been slightly better, but I seem to let myself gain 8 (and then panic) and start the loss cycle again. I am currently in my happy range but want to go down just a few more and try maintaining without the big fluctuation come fall.
  • AudreyJDuke
    AudreyJDuke Posts: 1,093 Member
    Great thread!
  • whmscll
    whmscll Posts: 2,248 Member
    I’ve always been a “normal” BMI but my weight has yo-yo-ed. When it is too high I never know what in my closet is going to fit and look good. I have to try on a million things to get dressed in anything other than jeans. I HATE this process. Especially if I’m packing to take a trip somewhere, which I do fairly frequently. When my weight is down, I can just grab and go and I know everything will fit.
  • AudreyJDuke
    AudreyJDuke Posts: 1,093 Member
    Great thread!
  • jrwms714
    jrwms714 Posts: 421 Member
    Gisel2015 wrote: »
    I'm just wondering if you do anything that helps keep your focus towards maintenance, and preventing gains. Are there any traditions, things you do, preventative methods etc that you do which help you stay at your current weight. I'd love to know of any.

    Just portion control, I watch what I eat and I exercise. We are all different, for some people loosing and maintaining are harder for others not so much; there is not a magic or exclusive way to do things.

    In my opinion it will depend in your relationship with food, motivation and self control. If you live to eat instead of eating to live, you may have a problem. If you had a lot of weight to lose, can't stay away for some foods, and are a volume eater, it may be also harder. Some people need to weigh, measure and log their foods forever, others not so much. How to focus in your maintenance depends on you and sometimes is trial an error.

    I have been in maintenance for 7 years. I log when I am home but not when on vacation or eating out (I don't have what I consider bad eating habits}, so that helps. I need a break from MFP so I don't became OCD, and I have a good idea of the portions, nutrition, and I read calories in the menus (when available); if I overdo it one day, I scale back the next one. I weight myself almost daily when I am home, but on vacation (and I take lots of it), I leave all the scales at home.

    If you are or were successful at losing your weight, keep the same routine while maintaining; just increase your calories a little bit at the time until you find your happy medium.

    Totally agree with all of this ... that's my strategy to a T after 4.5 years of maintenance.
  • prettygirlstorm1
    prettygirlstorm1 Posts: 722 Member
    Being on WW and doing MFP has forced me to stay within two pounds of my goal weight. I have only been in maintenance since June 2018. I love 45 pounds. I went on a massive shopping spree when I hit my goal and it felt so good. Those clothes (some of which still have tags on them) are my motivation for keeping this weight off. I have to get weighed once a month with WW as a lifetime member. It keeps me accountable because if I am more than 2 pounds over I have to pay a small fee. So if I don't want to pay the fee I make sure I remain at or under my goal weight. This accountability works for me!!!
  • 7elizamae
    7elizamae Posts: 758 Member
    Living in a culture where food is everywhere all the time means I have to be careful about what I eat -- everywhere, all the time.

    Yesterday at work I could have eaten (in addition to my packed lunch) maple bars, cheese and crackers, M&Ms, lots of mini Reeses, and handfuls of pistachios. They were all just there for the taking. That could have been 1000 calories.

    So, I weigh every day and try to log every day (I'm trying to improve the logging). Knowing I have to see the scale every morning and record the weight keeps me on track.

    I also bike to work and go to Crossfit.