I have embraced the way I now live.
I have accepted that my body is not like someone who has never had a weight problem. I have made peace with this (well, most of the time. There was the pasta incident, Christmas 2008
I know that complacency WILL lead to gaining weight. I've seen it happen (see my ticker?)
I'm afraid... very afraid... of re-gaining. I think a healthy dose of fear in this area is a good thing.
I read every label, scour restaurant menus online, and work to avoid situations where I just happen to "land" in a buffet.
I taught myself how to plan. I truly believe someone's unwillingness to put effort into planning meals is one of the BIGGEST obstacles in weightloss maintenance. How does it go? Failing to plan is planning to fail...
I have learned the difference between motivation and determination and sacrifice. Motivation is fleeting. I don't always feel like working out, but I KNOW I need to. Most of the time, I'm just not that motivated to exercise and that's ok, but I still do it.