Sneaking up on Maintenance!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

I am 3.4 lbs from MY goal and not what someone else figures I should weigh!! Now to maintain, something that I have never done. Oh, I've been at goal before but immediately the scale started going up and in a hurry!!! My attitude was wrong all those other times. "Oh great now that I've lost the weight I can start having my favourite foods" which were/are full of sugar and especially chocolates. This time I have been more careful about what I put in my mouth and basically, I cut out refined and sweet junk, upped my dairy and cut out margarine and butter. I didn't cut those items out completely though; I allowed myself a little once in a while just so my inner brat didn't feel too deprived!! Tracking on Spark is my biggest tool. I love being able to see the nutrition content of the foods I ate. Some days, knowing I had already eaten quite a bit I would check to see what nutrients I still needed or didn't need, calories eaten and then I would decide what and how much I could eat for dinner. Some days though I had to have a snack after dinner to bump up my calories, never wanting to go under the lowest number suggested by Spark. I can eat a pile of "healthy" food and still not go over my calorie limit as soon as I stray a little the calories soar and the scale moves upward.

I've joined a Maintenance Team and have started reading some team members' blogs which are full of valuable information and very helpful. Indygirl has been such an inspiration to me and she always writes the BEST blogs. Thank you Beth.

This is a lifetime journey and I believe what I am doing now I can do forever. Cravings are few and far between, I am not hungry between meals very often unless I haven't eaten enough at the last meal!! When I feel that hunger, I go to my computer, take a look at how many calories I have consumed and govern myself accordingly. I always question myself when I have a craving which usually happens in the evening. Am I thirsty, am I bored, am I actually hungry. The odd time I have been hungry so I eat something healthy, not sugary junk. (Mind you I don't have very much of that stuff in the house anymore!!)

I have been going to Curves 5 x a week for the last while and am beginning, finally, to enjoy exercising, adding additional stretches and flexibility "moves."

Keep blogging and sparkling Spark Friends and if you have helpful hints please pass them onto me.

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    Verna, you are doing great. I too lost before only to gain back my weight because I didn't have a plan at the end of the journey. The fact is, there is no end to this healthy journey, it is ongoing.

    This time I knew that if I wanted to keep the weight off, I had to keep exercising and forget about the unhealthy foods as a part of daily life. I do allow those salty snacks once in a blue moon and I always measure them out.
    It is one year since I made my first goal weight now and 40 weeks since I came to my final weight.
    I plan on NEVER going back to old ways and will be maintyaining for the rest of my life.
    Running and fitness have become a pasrt of my "normal" lifestyle now so it doesn't ever feel difficult to get a workout into my day.
    Hope it will be the same for you as well.

    Susan emoticon
    1890 days ago
    It sounds to me like you are very aware of the things that often happen when a person reaches goal weight. I am in TOPS and have reached my goal weight. There are several of us in our TOPS chapter who have reached goal and are in the maintenance phase.

    It is so easy to backslide. Often it seems (I've experienced this personally) that a person does think ... "OK now, I've reached my destination and now I can reward myself" (or something along that line. It just doesn't work that way. This is ongoing. Absolutely.

    Good luck going forward!


    1896 days ago
    emoticon to getting so close to your goal!
    Your new knowledge and new attitude guarantee successful long term maintenance.
    This really makes a big difference!
    I too find that in maintenance we can eat a lot of healthy food, that is satisfactory and enjoyable.
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    1897 days ago
  • MAYIE53
    Congratulations on almost reaching YOUR goal weight. You are approaching maintenance much wiser than those previous times and will will succeed. I admire you for the dedication you show in tracking your food and eating according to your nutritional needs. I'm not there yet and doubt I'll ever be that disciplined. Great job!
    1905 days ago
  • DJC2021
    Great blog. I plan to stick with sparkpeople when I get to goal. It helps me way accountability. Good luck. emoticon
    1906 days ago
  • HIKER6699
    good luck!! Keep it up!!!!
    1906 days ago
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