I'm not "there" yet but because I have a consistent food plan, even when I cross that line my food will change very little. I'm going through a lot of stress now and I find that I have to remind myself frequently through the day that, just today, if I don't eat off my food plan or cause bodily harm, I can't really fail. This might not be true every day but right now it is and when circumstances change so that I might be fired or rejected, I will probably find that the area of failure isn't really all that big. I'm the one who brings stress into my life and it's my kindness to myself to try to minimize the impact of people, places and things that make me see monsters under the bed. Prayer helps simply because it puts my foibles into words that remind me what I need to do -- not overeat, not be stubborn about taking action. Gratitude is very helpful because it reminds me of how lucky and how safe and taken care of I really am. And forums like this, where I can speak my truth, are essential. Thanks everyone for being here.
I first have to lose the weight before I'll start worrying about maintaining it.
However, I trust and I am fairly certain that once I have the body/weight I want, I will want to do nothing to ruin it, after having gone through this arduous and long journey of weight loss.
One thing I will do then, is weigh every day. At the moment I hate seeing the dreaded number on the scale so I weigh only once a week (reluctantly). But when I see the "desired" number, I will actually want to weigh more often. That will help to keep me alert and vigilant to even a pound of weight gain, so that I can take quick action (i.e. cutting calories for a few days).
Hey there Judy. Great to hear from you. I wouldn't call going up and down a couple of pound "fluctuating wildly". Up and down 10 or 20, yep! A person of average size normally fluctuates up and down a pound or so on a daily basis. That's normal physiology. Many things could account, including complex carb intake and salt.
You're so right. Maintenance is like walking that tightrope--- you feel like any moment you might fall off. It takes years of practice to feel more confident. And you cannot drop that being "totally aware" or vigilance. Once you do, you go mindless and that's what got you into trouble in the first place.
Hi FedUp and good to hear from you. The issue of "there" is quite intriguing. With practice and persistence, you'll eventually reach a mental and physical place that works for you. Then, you'll find the maintenance equation that works for you. It's the one that allows for the most effective vigilance geared to you and your needs. Some people never stop journaling as it really works to keep them on track. Others no longer have to keep cal count, but just journal. The there will also be affected by age as well as any medical conditions or disabilities you may encounter along the way. Get prepared for many regroupings. Keep tweaking the system. This is a dynamic process. Good luck, Dr. Peeke
Hey Frances, so good to see you on the exchange. Wow, you are so right all around. Hey everyone, make sure to read Frances Kuffel's books Passing for Thin (you'll see my quote on the back cover) and Angry Fat Girls. Frances is one of the most talented writers I have ever read, so get these and read'em. What you say about taking this one day at a time is spot on. So many of you out there are stressing about tomorrow or 3 months from now. Instead, every single day you can eat clean and get that physical activity in is a triumph of the highest magnitude. This is how you methodically lay down a strong foundaiton for your mental and physical transformation. Gratitude is precious and is superb to help neutralize any carb cravings and toxic stress you may be experiencing. Write donw a laundry list of your gratitudes. Go back to them as you feel stress hitting you square in the head. They help you regain a new and grateful perspective.
Ironically, I discovered that one stressor is to weigh myself! I tend to get to hung up on "the numbers." The best way for me to maintain my weight is to simply go by how my clothes fit. If they start getting snug, it's time to cut back and / or make a small change. It's easier to lose 2 or 3 pounds than to have to start over and lose 30! I've been there. Vigilance is definitely the best way to go once you lose the weight.
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