My Maintainance

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  1. Flab-u-less-Flower

    Flab-u-less-Flower Silver Member

    I had a goal when I started this journey. My GOAL was to become Fit & Fabulous before turning 40! Well I am happy to report, I did it! I started my weightloss journey
    January 2007 and I reached my goal 3 months later. I have been maintaining my 25 pound weightloss for 10 months now and I am pretty proud of myself! I BELIEVED and I have ACHIEVED and my MAINTENANCE is doable! I just want people to know, that if I can do it, YOU can too!

    I continue to eat healthy 80% of the time and 20% of the time, I eat naughty. I'm a calorie counter, so no food is off limits, which is the ideal route for me, being deprivation does not work long term, but this does being this is a lifestyle that I can stick with.

    I have set up a safe buffer zone for maintaining my weight, I stay within my safe buffer zone which is anywhere between the 143-148 pound weight range, I have 6 pounds to work with.... (3 high end and 3 low end to help keep me in check of not going above or below these 2 numbers) If my weight goes above this number, it sends me into a PANIC, and I drop back down to 1200 calories a day for however long it takes to get the weight off. Yes, I am AWARE at all times.

    MAINTENANCE is harder than losing!
    Don't think, I'm kidding, or think "yeah right, what could be easier than maintaining your weight?" Believe it and prepare for it — because it’s true!

    During weightloss, I KNEW how many calories to EAT and how much exercise to do to LOSE the weight.
    However in maintenance, trying to balance everything to stay consistent at my current WEIGHT was a different story, but it is getting easier nowadays.
    I can't completely relax and get complacent because that’s a quick ticket rightback to where I was.

    Even though the weight loss part is done, that certainly doesn't mean I am home free, not hardly! Healthy foods, exercise, and weight lifting are second nature nowadays to me. Plus it is still CONSTANT awareness,
    because as soon as anybody ignores healthy habits and exercise routines- you are risking a relapse. Needless to say, I've come too far to let that happen!!! To be honest, I was so used to weightloss mode, that it
    became my comfort zone. But now I am trying to MASTER
    maintenance, I still consider myself a Maintainer in training.....

    As a society, we focus almost exclusively on losing weight. We hardly ever hear much mention about what happens after you reach your goal.
    Which doesn’t make much sense to me, since we’re going to spend much more time keeping the weight off than we did losing it! For me, I know the rest of my life is going to be all about maintaining this healthy lifestyle that I am now accustomed to. I honestly believe 98% of weight loss and maintenance happens in your head, and you have to talk yourself through all the challenges that may arise each day. Even during maintenance you still get food cravings, they don't magically disappear!

    My advice to someone who’s just reached goal, PROCEED with caution.... Do not let your hard work slip, by indulging too often or slacking on your
    exercise. Goal isn’t the end of the journey, it’s actually just the beginning of the rest of your life! Maintenance is a lifestyle. I truly think
    MAINTENANCE takes just as much thought, planning, and work as losing did, even more. Remember the things that you did to get to this point, because THEY are the things that will keep you here!

    There have been many bumps in my maintenance road and life still throws me curve balls too, so being consistent is key. I now strive for consistency, instead of perfection! I look forward to MAINTAINING this weight for life, it is now more about balancing the good foods and enjoying some bad foods too...

    Maintenance for me is exactly the same amount of work that weightloss was, without any of the GLAMOUR. During weightloss, I got thrilled when the scale made another downward slide, this appeared because I was
    exercising and eating right and it was a visual high that I got as I kept track by watching the scale drop, and being able to fit into smaller sizes, receiving the wonderful compliments etc.... But in Maintenance it isn't
    nearly as exciting because the scale doesn't drop any lower, I don't get a daily fix to help keep me going week after week, the compliments slowly stop, my new clothes fit NOW and I just can't keep buying more and more
    and more.... (well I can, but that gets EXPENSIVE!) So, to add a little more excitement daily, I now shoot for different fitness goals from time to time
    to keep me going day after day, and this GLAMS up my maintenance somewhat.

    Being here at the maintenance level is pretty AMAZING, just knowing I "MADE IT" feels GREAT! Nowadays my NEW HIGH is having the scale stay the SAME, that NOW makes me extremely happy because I know I am
    doing it RIGHT and somedays I just wanna holler YAHOO, so sometimes I actually do! I am happiest when I get through a day, a week, or a month knowing that I have made good food choices the majority of the time,
    exercising daily and keeping up with my new lifestyle. It is also rewarding when I can slip right into my new jeans each day and that in itself puts a
    smile on my face, no shimming required!

    Maintenance is still a constant feeling of staying in control for me, but I think this AWARENESS is a good thing. I compare maintaining my weightloss to other aspects of my life. For instance paying all of my bills
    every month, who likes to monitor their money? Nobody, -but I know if I didn't keep track of my money, I could easily go into debt. So being cautious of my weight works the same way, if I didn't watch and monitor
    and check the scale often, I could be in trouble weightwise too.... Awareness speaks volumes when your maintaining 'specially when I indulge too often and the scale makes an upward rise, the accountability
    factor kicks into high gear, but each time I get RENEWED determination to get back on track ASAP, and that is KEY.

    Maintenance ISN'T easy, contrary to popular perception, if maintenance was so EASY, 95% of people would not FAIL at maintenance and regain their weight, but all be damned if I am going to be one of the statistics!
    Hell no, I know the odds are stacked against me to keep this weight off, but I AM going to be among the 5% that keep this weight off! This is my maintenance, and I am doing it, and I will continue doing it because I am
    worth the effort, plus I feel amazing and my body looks pretty amazing too! Just because I reached maintenance,
    it does not give me eating privileges to eat whatever and whenever,.... Oh how I only WISH it worked that way, but the reality is, it DOESN'T!

    Maintenance is a GOAL in itself, it doesn't end after a week, or a month, or a year even, it is never ending, something I must continue to do for a lifetime.

    My goal for the new year is to continue to maintain this loss the whole year through, so here I come 2008. I love working out with my weights, sculpting my muscles and my muscles to me are just like a beautiful garden, they require daily tending, so I will keep up with not only the weightloss maintenance but with my exercise maintenance too! Maintenance has to be FOREVER, and I am willing to go the distance so I can be Fit & Fabulous for many years to come!
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  3. KD

    KD Gone fishing

    Was Cambridge, now maintaining
    That's a brilliant post and so true.

    Yep. Though many days are easier IMO. It's just the harder days seem much harder.
    Oh yes!! I keep telling 'em :D It's like a secret club. You're supposed to know the answers when you get there:confused:
    True again. I've been going through a particularly negative time with it recently due to various things...xmas...operation...reasons to reward myself:rolleyes: I've still managed to maintain, but the head has been going around in circles.

    I even came out with something really awful a couple of days ago. When someone asked me about how it was now (very rare anyone talks about it with me), I said that maintenance was like dieting, but there is no end, it's stay the same each week, no excitement of seeing the scales go down, nobody to say well done or to understand the panic when thing go out of control for a while. And to top it all, you can't even talk about it, because it's not supposed to be an issue any more.

    Half of my colleagues don't even remember that I was very overweight, which I find incredible.:eek:

    Of course, it's not that bad, but as I say, the negative chatterbox has made rather a few too many visits recently.

    That's where I need to get back to. I've got to get that head back looking at the good things about maintenance. Feeling the joy of staying the same. I can do's just taking time.:eek:

    Good to have you onboard:)
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  4. Flab-u-less-Flower

    Flab-u-less-Flower Silver Member

    Thanks for replying, I think I will be happy to be here.
  5. rowanx2

    rowanx2 Losing the baby fat

    Goal Weight:
    The Get into a Swimsuit Diet
    yeh you dont see dozens of maintanance magazines in the supermarket, or even much of a mention in slimming magazines about afterwards. They don't tell you how to find your maintainance calories or anything, and it's the important bit. It's all focused on the getting there part.
    One day for me... one day:eek:
    goodnight flower, i'm glad we found this site, i like it!
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  6. rowanx2

    rowanx2 Losing the baby fat

    Goal Weight:
    The Get into a Swimsuit Diet
    ps: well done you 2 for maintaining so long - you show it is possible to lose it and keep it off - there is hope for us on the path still:talk017:
    i know the reward is you made goal, but reward yourselves for keeping at goal. once a month little treat, non food wise though :D
  7. Flab-u-less-Flower

    Flab-u-less-Flower Silver Member

    Thank you Rowan, I see my body transforming a bit again and it feels so good to be fit as a fiddle.
  8. Flab-u-less-Flower

    Flab-u-less-Flower Silver Member

    I do award myself probably a bit too much, but then again I think and know I deserve it! New exercise equipment was the latest..
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  9. minilady

    minilady Gold Member

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    Hi Flab u less:)

    Well I found your post:):):)

    And it was so well worth the read!!!!!!!!!!!

    It mirrors my thoughts and feelings, I wouldn't have been able to have expressed it as well as you.

    Thanks for posting such a great thread!

  10. KD

    KD Gone fishing

    Was Cambridge, now maintaining
    Hiya Tracey. Haven't seen you around much. Missed ya!
  11. Flab-u-less-Flower

    Flab-u-less-Flower Silver Member

    Thanks minilady,
    Sure you could have posted the same words, I felt it was important. Mirror mirror on the wall, it applies to all.
  12. minilady

    minilady Gold Member

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    Hi KD

    Thanks for that:):):)

    I've been around, but not as much as I used to be. Still keep reading the posts when I can, I feel it keeps me on the straight and narrow. You only have to miss a couple of nights and there's so many new posts when you next log on!

    Am really liking these new threads by F-U-L, I think she's going to revamp the maintenance threads a little:):)

    Hoping all is well with you KD, I saw mention of an operation:confused: Have you recovered fully yet?

    And although I haven't been on here much I have been talking about you (have your ears been burning?:D) I have had some of my customers reaching maintenance and I tell them to come on here and read your maintenance posts (especially the statistical ones) So you're still my Guru;):D

    Take care

  13. KD

    KD Gone fishing

    Was Cambridge, now maintaining
    Looks like it:cool: It's strange because I had just told a couple of people that it was getting mighty lonely down here. I had even take to congratulating myself on having a couple of good days:eek: :D
    Yep. Had the old gallbladder out. All mended now:)
    Posted a few of those haven't I. Totally confused myself in the process :D

    Aww thankyou :eek:

    Hope to see you around more often again.
  14. Flab-u-less-Flower

    Flab-u-less-Flower Silver Member

    Are You Talking About Me? F-u-l Awee Geeze That Is Might Sweet If You Are... I Am Blushing A Bit If You Meant Me!
  15. minilady

    minilady Gold Member

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    You blush away:D:D:D
  16. Flab-u-less-Flower

    Flab-u-less-Flower Silver Member

    Wowsa, thank you very much! I am grinning from ear to ear right now since just like your kitty cat avatar. It's good to know that it was I then. Thanks minilady for being so kind.
  17. Gray

    Gray Regular Member

    Hi flower, I am just coming to the end of my lipotrim diet and am worrying a bit about the maintenance.

    I have lost nearly 7 stone overall and am now just over 11 stone. I am thinking of calorie counting to help keep it off, no bread or pop etc.

    Must say I really enjoyed reading your post and hope i have the same success as you maintaining.


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  19. Flab-u-less-Flower

    Flab-u-less-Flower Silver Member

    First and foremost, CONGRATULATIONS, you have done GREAT! I am glad you enjoyed my post. If I can do it, ANYBODY can. Calorie counting is the way to go, because no food is off limits. If you want something naughty, you just count the calories and work it into your days allotment.

    It truly is the best method by far in my opinion, because their is no deprivation and one can maintain this lifestyle for life. Best of luck to you gray in reaching your final goal and in maintenance too, I am sure I will be seeing you around.
  20. rowanx2

    rowanx2 Losing the baby fat

    Goal Weight:
    The Get into a Swimsuit Diet
    gray I think you have to remain a bit obsessed about your weight afterwards, more so than when you are losing it.
    I've lost weight before, quickly, on Duromine tablets 15 years ago, and the weight just piled on + quicker than I could blink - no mater how you lose your weight it's HARD to keep it off, because we are the ones who can put weight on, probably too easily. But by making sure you keep to your calories there is no reaosn why you should re gain. You've just got to tell yourself for life youre going to have to watch your intake - the end of the diet is the begining - this was the bit I had no interest in before, I was all concerned with the getting it off part - I wont be this time though - I can't afford to let myself go again.
    And well done on your loss - 7 stone is A GREAT ACHIEVEMENT!!!!
  21. Flab-u-less-Flower

    Flab-u-less-Flower Silver Member

    Bump for lizzy to read...
  22. LizzieB

    LizzieB Silver Member

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