HappyCampr1 wrote: »
I hit goal five years ago. Logged for 18 months afterward to get a good feel for maintenance. At the beginning, I lost weight when I stopped logging, but stabilized within my goal range for another couple years. Then life happened...injuries, rehab three times, anxiety... I knew I needed to start logging again to help adjust my intake to account for my new circumstances and diminished activity and I just couldn't bring myself to embrace the structure again. I really wanted to learn to lose weight without logging. I enjoyed the freedom too much and have regained half of the 80 pounds I lost.
When I was here regularly the first time, someone explained that they know how to lose weight, but they don't know how to make themselves care. I now understand that. And it scares the crap out of me. Even two years ago, I would have sworn on anything that I would never let myself gain this much weight back without doing something about it, especially since I know what works, but I was wrong.
So, my advice... Remember why you lost weight to begin with and don't let yourself be so stubborn in denying you need a tool to help you. Because that's all it is, a tool. And don't let yourself feel ashamed for needing to log in order to maintain.
ahoy_m8 wrote: »
Lost 40 pounds in college and have maintained 30 years (pregnancy notwithstanding). I'm 54.
Maintenance is an every day battle for me. I realize it's not for everyone, but for me it is. It's a battle I'm winning, but it's not effortless. Sometimes it seems like more effort than it should be (mental effort to resist urges), but the effort is always worth it. It feels great to live in a body that's comfortable and strong. The simple truth is I always would like more to eat (and drink) than maintenance. Sometimes it's easy to tell myself I've had enough and wait until tomorrow. Sometimes it's a real struggle to overcome the urge to have more. And I get what HappyCamper and pjwrt are saying about seasons where I care more and seasons where I care less. Life happens. Priorities shift. But my health, feeling good in my body, not having to buy new clothes always rank on the priority list. I absolutely have several month stretches where I don't pay attention to my intake, and my weight always creeps up (never down). No biggie -- when I hit the top of my 5 lb range, I know how to lose 5 lb. It takes me 10 weeks. That is the definition of successful maintenance to me -- regaining and re-losing the same 5 lb over & over.
elisa123gal wrote: »
A year into maintenance ...
I feel like I have training wheels on... I'm not bad at this..just not as good as I know I someday will be. So, I keep working on my habits and rethinking my patterns to improve.
My biggest tip is to make sure you donate all your larger sized clothes so you have nothing to grow into. I also find having my food scale out on the counter to weigh my food here and there keeps me from over and under eating.
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