As those of you know who are long-time readers of this blog, I lost 50 pounds several years ago. It wasn't the first time I did that, but I am certainly hoping it is the last. That means maintaining the loss. This takes diligence. During the time I was losing weight, I learned to weigh myself every day. I know some weight loss plans tell you to only weigh once a week, but I needed to learn my body and how it handles different things. I learned there is a 2-pound fluctuation that happens all the time, no matter what I eat or don't eat. I understood how eating out affects my body - usually a 1-3 pound weight gain from one meal, even with making healthy choices. It is probably due to excessive salt. Takes about a week or two to lose that. Consequently, I don't eat out all that often any more.
I had to find other ways to reward myself, other than food. Now I go clothes shopping or purchase songs on I-tunes, rather than eat. Whereas I used to hate shopping for clothes, now I love it, because things look good (even at 61!).
Learning to say no, not only to myself, but to others was hard. If I am invited to dinner, I choose what to eat and what not to eat, and sometimes people don't understand. My friends do - now. But at first they used to say things like, oh, it doesn't matter just this once. Oh, but yes it does. It is my body and I get to say what goes in and what doesn't. If we're invited out to dinner with friends, I plan accordingly so that I eat less calories during that day.
If the scale creeps up a pound or two, I immediately stop eating out and eat what I know will bring it back down. In the past, I didn't pay attention, and the 1 pound would become two would become four would become 10, etc.
Temptations are everywhere. Saturday at the State Fair was hard - I love those turkey legs, and curly fries and, and, and. But I brought my own lunch rather than eat the fair food. And the funny thing is, I didn't feel deprived. I don't feel like I am depriving myself of things I want - that was an old emotional issue. Rather, I am choosing to take exceptionally good care of myself by eating what I know makes my body feel healthy and strong and fit.
So there you have it. Some of the ways I am maintaining my weight loss. How about you? Do you struggle with food? If so, where are you with that particular issue? If you don't, you are one lucky person.
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