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Guess this could use a little update! I have maintained for 15 years now. That does not mean without some ups and downs! I still say that Maintaining is not for sissies! When I'm "up", I know that I have to very seriously get right back on program and get the weight off before it becomes a permanent problem. Just don't use your age as an excuse! I started the program at age 70, and am now 87. So, believe it is possible.
My husband died in 2008, so I just cook for myself. And, yes, doing one's own cooking is definitely a help to staying on program. Sometimes I cook in big batches and put individual servings in the freezer so when I don't feel like cooking, there is something handy.
I try to get in 7000 steps every day. More serious physical activity is limited because of my age.
My biggest challenge is surviving when "the kids" (now 51-63) come home for a few days to visit. The grandkids eat constantly, and it seems as if I cook constantly. I have more "goodies" on hand when they come...and of course I eat them, too. I also stock up on fruit when they come, which helps, and carrot sticks. Unfortunately, those preparations go down the drain in the excitement and confusion of having 6 or 7 extra people here in our small house, and I end up having to take off a couple of pounds every time after they've gone home. Still I search for the "answer" that will help me not to gain the weight when they are here.
I am the lightest I have ever been in my adult life, and I love it. I love the clothes, the energy, the favorable comments, the whole thing!
I joined WW in March of 2003, and reached Lifetime in Nov. 2003. I continued to lose so that I was at my wedding weight in August of 2004, when we celebrated our 50th anniv. Since then, I've lost another 7 lbs., and am very happy right where I am. I hope to stay right there!
I still babysit some...a 10year old and a 11year old neighbor. I don't know if I can call it babysitting any more. They come to see me after the bus comes because they like to come. I did babysit them until they went to school.
Does maintenance get easier??yes, and no. It still requires thought and vigilance. I can pick out the safer things on a menu more quickly now. Once in a while my brain shifts into neutral, and it would be so easy to slide back into old habits. Holidays are still difficult. But I no longer beat myself up when I have a bad day (or two or three!). I just get back on the program and work at losing what I gained....again and again. It doesn't stop me from going off the wagon occasionally, but I do know how to recover from the lapse.
I love the WW Simply Filling program! I do still go to WW meetings almost every week. It helps to be in the company of like people who "understand".
Spark People is a wonderful help to me in maintaining my weight. I love the people I meet here in the message boards! I love the informational articles, and the tracking pages. Thanks, Spark People, for being such a big help in my Maintenance Program!


Member Since: 5/13/2007

Fitness Minutes: 158,224

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I intend to maintain. I don't ever want to go back to where I was!


My Program:
Eating healthy.
Keeping a food journal..
Looking for new healthy recipes.
Walking 3 mi. a day.
Drinking lots of water.



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  • v JILYWILY
    I just read your page, and I can't agree with you more. For my 40th I needed to lose just as many pounds, and I did. It was actually fun and not too difficult. I was on a mission and nothing was getting in my way. Over the last two years the pounds have been creeping up. I was 30 pounds heavier before I knew it. Now I'm back on the yo-yo of losing again and finding success with this site. I know from Weight Watchers what to do. Sparks helps me track everything from the comfort of my house without dishing out the membership dues. Good luck with your maintanence and know that somewhere in CT a woman is right behind you!!! jil
    5064 days ago
  • v ZUCCHINIQUEEN
    thanks for your explanation about "edit". I notice it does not show up on this thread, but it does show up on the "loves to cook" site. I guess I will just not worry about it and carry on. It does bug me,though.
    5117 days ago
  • v REDDOGKNIT
    Re: Edit on your thread. When you are on it says "edit" so you can change something or add something. No one else sees the edit only you. We all get it when we are on writing in a thread. Hope this helps. Pat
    5118 days ago
  • v ZUCCHINIQUEEN
    Hi Seppisusan,

    I think one of the best things WW teaches us is that we CAN start over again. As often as necessary! I think you have to find your own tolerance for gaining, when it is necessary for you to get back to basics and get back down to your healthy weight. For me, that is about 3 lbs., which I especially am apt to gain when we have family here for several days visiting. I lose my focus with all the noise and activity, and grandchildren's eating preferences and gain at that time. I love to see them all coming, but I hate it, too, because I know what's going to happen. It is the one situation that I have not found a solution for.

    My preferred method of getting back on target is to eliminate ALL snacks, and just concentrate on healthy meals. (The first day is tough, but after that things fall into place) I often have a cup of cocoa (fat free/sugar free, of course) at about 7PM to signal to my head that the eating is over for the day. Friends use different methods, like not eating anything (ever!) after 7:30 PM, even if they've had a late meeting and didn't have time for supper! I don't have that kind of will power. I can go to bed slightly hungry, but not starved.

    One of my favorite coping mechanisms involves asking for salad plates for Christmas, birthday,e tc. I read that blue plates decrease your appetite (and you can't prove it by me), so I asked for blue salad plates. Salad plates because supposedly you eat less on a smaller plate. None of the plates match my set of dishes, but I really enjoy getting one at a time out at mealtime and thinking of the love and good support of the person who gave me that plate. It helps keep me focused.

    Although WW would like it to be more consistant than this, this is the way it works for me and some of my 'Lifetime" friends. I can manage picnics and buffets, and many other situations, but the family visiting situation is the one that throws me every time. Since we have 7 adult children, this situation happens quite often. Bless them for coming home to see us. They mostly live a distance away, so visits are often for 2 or 3 days/
    5138 days ago
  • v SEPPIESUSAN
    Hey there. I was reading your messages about maintanence on the WW Friends page, and would love to learn more of your insights about maintanence. It was actually a relief to say that for you, maintanence is more like "starting over" on the program again and again every time your weight starts to go up. I've only been on maintanence a month or so, and already it's a constant cycle of pushing back toward my bad habits, then having a few "diet" days where I eat and exercise the way I did while I was losing weight, then I quickly lose the couple of pounds I put on and the cycle begins again! Like I said, I'd LOVE to hear your thoughts on successful maintanence!
    5138 days ago
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