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Shifting Gears from Weight Loss to Weight Maintenance

Using SparkPeople to Establish New Goals


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Not there yet but it is a goal! Report
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Bunny98537, thank you for your comments about redefining “treat”. You are right. I’ve read your comments a few times and will continue to think about them. So helpful. Report
I sure wish that the maintenance plan worked for me. I go on maintenance and gain. I am at a loss as to what to do next. Report
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Thanks for the info in this article! As I get closer to my SparkPeople goal weight, I really appreciate the resources and comments on SP all the more! I'm SO tired of watching my weight yo-yo, that I want to make sure I keep it off this time. A couple of thoughts... I first reached my goal in 1979 via Weight Watchers. Employing various measures, I periodically would lose weight, again and again. And, like many, I would gain it all back, perhaps with a few extra pounds!

One important thing I did for myself was to redefine the word "treat". It seems that "treat" has become synonymous with something sweet, such as pie or ice cream (or both!), and many forms of sweet or maybe even fried foods like French fries or KFC (AKA, high-calorie items we feel we have been deprived of during weight loss). Now, I ask myself if it's a way to "treat" myself well and with respect. Am I fueling my body with something that will have a positive effect on my well-being or will it ultimately make me feel like have let myself down? I've gone long enough without super-sweet or salty foods that things like candy, cake, chips, crackers, etc. don't even taste good. They seem excessively sweet or salty.

My challenge to keeping the weight off will be the fall and winter months. We get a LOT of rain on the Washington state coast, which keeps me indoors a lot of the time! I tend to want carbs / comfort foods and exercise takes extra self-motivation. Just knowing these things going in --I'm hoping!-- will serve me well. Keep the SPARKle in each day! Report
Maintaining is the place to be. Report
Thank you for these words of encouragement. Report
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