Maintainer Introductions - Made Goal March 6th

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03-11-2009, 11:43 PM
Hello. I'm Sharon. I made goal last Friday. Up till then dieting was hard and easy and good and bad etc. I didn't mess with my diet. Every single week I lost weight. I lost my cravings for the old cookie container and thought I had the old binge cycle under control. It was hard and tough at times, but I stuck to it and lost 49 pounds.

Yesterday ('s Thursday in Australia) was my first day sticking to maintenance as I have been on a binge for several days eating lots of breakfast cereal, homemade rum balls, chocolate and crisps.What I thought was going to be easy has proved to be worse than dieting. I weighed myself this morning and am happy I was only up half a pound.

I have no trouble getting up at 4:30 in the morning to do an hour of brisk walking. I have no trouble drinking about 20 glasses of water a day. But I find I want to eat and eat. One of things I need to find, is what will work for me. I had worked out a maintenance diet for goal, but had found I was hungry a lot, which surprised me. So I added some extra protein and changed some things on my plan, and yesterday was a good day. So far today (am in the middle of eating lunch) it's working as well.

I'm 50 (well 51 next month), happily married, living in a small community here in north Queensland, Australia. As I said I've lost 49 pounds and feel great. I'm having a breast reduction on the 25th. A dream 30 years in the making, so I'm excited and scared at the same time.


Shannon in ATL
03-13-2009, 10:32 PM
Woo hoo! :) Welcome Sharon! (Sorry, I didn't see this post until today... :( ) Good luck on your maintenance journey! I'm still fairly new to it myself, and this forum has been a big help to me.

03-13-2009, 10:39 PM
Great to meet you!! And I love "hearing" your post in an Australian accent :)

As far as your maintenance, can you go back to what you ate while losing and just modify that meal plan for your maintenance plan? When I switched to maintenance, I just slowly increased my calories (about 100 per week). I basically eat the same foods - just a few more healthy calories a day. I DO have the occasional rum ball (or substitute some other treat), but it is not an everyday thing!

It is possible you might be like me - cold cereal MAKES me hungry, makes me want to eat more. As much as I love it, I just can't eat it/keep it in the house. Oatmeal doesn't have the same effect, but a bowl of something like Wheat Chex? I'm starved the rest of the day!

03-13-2009, 11:30 PM
Congrats on your huge accomplishment.I have been in maintenance before and would love to get back.I do understand how difficult it is.Hang in there.

03-18-2009, 11:14 AM
Congratulations! I haven't been here lately, so I missed your intro.