I do think maintenance is going to be harder than weight loss and I really do want to be successful at it. I want to be one of the few in the good statistics! The article helped me to realize that maintenance is a series of small gains and losses, that most people don't just stay at one weight, so I need to have a maintenance range. I figure for me that will be 145-155. I remember I felt very comfortable in my own skin at those weights and they are well within a healthy weight range for me. When I was younger, I might have wanted to pick the low end of 135-145, but I personally think older women look a little younger when they are a little plumper, not fat, just not super thin. At 52, I'm not looking forward to the wrinkles that weight loss will bring, so 145-155 will work just fine for me. So anytime I hit 155, I need to make whatever adjustments it takes to get back down to 145. I also need to continue to weigh myself everyday. Daily fluctuations don't freak me out so that's not a big deal. Plus I need to keep coming to 3FC. This site is such an inspiration and it really does help me to stay accountable, more than I realized. I also need to mentally prepare for the fact that once my friends and family get used to me not being overweight, they won't notice anymore. It won't be a big deal. That motivating factor will no longer be there, so I have to find a way to keep myself motivated. Oh, I don't mean I have to be "on" all the time, but I have to keep caring, and I have to not let the lure of food become more tempting to me on a daily basis than good health. I've done that for too many years. If anyone can think of anything else that I, and all of us losing weight, need to prepare for in order to maintain successfully, please share! And thank you 3FC Maintainers for sticking around and continuing to post, because you are an inspiration to the rest of us. Yes, we really do notice!
Current Attempt (Slow Carb Diet, started July 19, 2013) <> Previous Attempt (Calorie-Counting, 2009)
= 10 lbs lost; = 5 lbs lost:
196 lbs = "Overweight" BMI of 29.8 MET GOAL!!
178 lbs = Lowest Weight in 13 years, BMI of 27.1 MET GOAL!!
164 lbs = "Normal Weight" BMI of 24.9
145 lbs = Goal Weight BMI of 22.0
Stay between 145 lbs and 155 lbs