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freelancemomma
11-03-2013, 07:21 AM
As of November 1 I've been maintaining a 50-pound weight loss for 2 years. In some ways I consider myself one of the "worst" maintainers around, because I still carry a lot of bad habits with me. I also have a much more freewheeling eating style than many other people on this board. I eat mostly healthy foods and virtually no processed or fast foods, but I eat lots of carbs (about 60% of my cals) including some products made with white flour and sugar. I still overeat massively on occasion, especially when at a restaurant or catered event. I nibble quite a lot throughout the day. I pay no attention whatsoever to my fluid intake, which includes about 4 cups of coffee and 8 oz wine per day.

But if the proof's in the pudding, I guess I'm doing all right. I attribute this to three habits:
1. Consistency with exercise: I work out 4 times a week for a total of 3 hours. I started this regimen after losing the weight and haven't missed a single week.
2. I have fairly small suppers. (I seem to function best if I eat most of my food earlier in the day.)
3. I don't snack much, if at all, in the evenings.

I suppose I may also have some luck on my side: at almost 57 I can maintain on about 2,000 cals per day.

Freelance


betsy2013
11-03-2013, 09:19 AM
Great work on two years of maintenance! :cb::bravo::cp::dancer: In many ways I think that maintenance is as hard or harder than losing the weight in the first place. If it weren't the national statistics wouldn't be so bleak for maintaining weight loss.

I also think you've raised a good point in that each of us has to find what works for us -- and then stick with a proven formula. I know that there will be times when I have pasta and more carbs, but first I have to get all this weight off. Thanks for sharing this. It gives us all hope that there is life after dieting.

saef
11-03-2013, 02:36 PM
Congratulations, Freelance. And there is no "worst." If it's working, who cares what anyone else is doing?


ChickieChicks
11-03-2013, 03:36 PM
Fantastic job!! You obviously found what works for you, which is all that matters.

ICUwishing
11-04-2013, 08:21 AM
Congrats, Freelance! I agree with Saef about the "no worst". Looks to me like you've found the Grail of balance! May your persistence, routine and luck (if any) continue on for the next 57 years!

Megan1982
11-04-2013, 08:39 AM
Congratulations Gabrielle! :cp: You've clearly figured out what works for you and how to stick to it. See you here next year, same time, same place?

silverbirch
11-04-2013, 08:52 AM
Great work, Freelance!

As another writer, I do like the phrase "much more freewheeling eating style". :)

freelancemomma
11-04-2013, 09:19 AM
See you here next year, same time, same place?

Now there's a motivating idea!

F.

Bright Angel
11-04-2013, 09:51 AM
As of November 1 I've been maintaining a 50-pound weight loss for 2 years.

But if the proof's in the pudding, I guess I'm doing all right. I attribute this to three habits:

1. Consistency with exercise: I work out 4 times a week for a total of 3 hours. I started this regimen after losing the weight and haven't missed a single week.
2. I have fairly small suppers. (I seem to function best if I eat most of my food earlier in the day.)
3. I don't snack much, if at all, in the evenings.

I suppose there may also be some luck involved: at almost 57 I can maintain on about 2,000 cals per day.
Congratulations on your success.

Regarding Luck... Be Grateful for it.
It appears that you are a "relatively" young woman and ALSO have a height of 5'11".

Personally,
I am a long-time maintainer without your Luck.
I am a 'reduced obese' elderly woman at a height of 5'0",
and
over the past 5 years of my 8 years of maintenance
I have experienced a creep of a few pounds each year while consistently eating about 1050 average daily calories.
Additional exercise has not helped remedy this situation.

krampus
11-04-2013, 10:04 AM
Congrats on 2 years. I'm a sloppy maintainer in my twenties hoping I can continue to be a sloppy maintainer in my fifties.

paperclippy
11-04-2013, 10:10 AM
Congrats! I am also a "freewheeling" maintainer who eats a ton of carbs. ;) If it works, it works!

traveling michele
11-04-2013, 10:38 AM
Congrats- I envy your maintenance but if it works for you that's awesome!

freelancemomma
11-04-2013, 12:36 PM
over the past 5 years of my 8 years of maintenance I have experienced a creep of a few pounds each year while consistently eating about 1050 average daily calories. Additional exercise has not helped remedy this situation. [/COLOR]

Wow, that sounds tough and you're obviously very disciplined. I don't think I could do it.

F.

freelancemomma
11-04-2013, 12:37 PM
Congrats on 2 years. I'm a sloppy maintainer in my twenties hoping I can continue to be a sloppy maintainer in my fifties.

"Sloppy maintainer" -- love it. It's the perfect term to describe the likes of us.

F.

krampus
11-04-2013, 02:58 PM
Ha! I of course didn't mean to insinuate you are "sloppy" - you probably have a very tidy workspace, whereas I am a slob in all areas of life :)

freelancemomma
11-04-2013, 03:17 PM
Ha! I of course didn't mean to insinuate you are "sloppy" - you probably have a very tidy workspace, whereas I am a slob in all areas of life :)

As a matter of fact I do have a tidy workspace -- but both my teens are slobs. Go figure.

F.

Shannon in ATL
11-04-2013, 04:22 PM
Woo hoo! Congrats! :)

Moving Forward
11-04-2013, 10:09 PM
Freelancemomma--congrats first and foremost! I always love hearing your perspective. As a 6 month maintainer, I can relate to much of what you say about yourself. Unlike you, though, I've let the exercise routine fall off. Gulp. I fear the regain, but so far so good. Hearing your story is quite reassuring. Now I'm off to find some wood to knock on. :dizzy:

kittycat40
11-05-2013, 09:20 AM
Congrats Freelance!!!

justjaynee
11-05-2013, 09:23 AM
That's a fantastic milestone-congrats :carrot:

Mrs Snark
11-10-2013, 02:09 AM
2 years! CONGRATULATIONS! You're my hero. I love the details you provided, thanks for sharing!

I want to be you when I grow up.

freelancemomma
11-10-2013, 09:07 AM
I want to be you when I grow up.

Aw, how sweet. But trust me, you wouldn't want to. My teens take every opportunity to remind me that I'm a real piece of work.;)

F.

clarabr
11-12-2013, 08:15 AM
Congratulations!!!! I don't post much, but I love reading your posts :D.

I guess I've taken sloppy maintenance to a new level, since I've regained 1/3 of what I'd initially lost :(.

freelancemomma
11-12-2013, 11:20 AM
I guess I've taken sloppy maintenance to a new level, since I've regained 1/3 of what I'd initially lost :(.

I like your new goal weight, Clara. ;) It's what I would call my current eating regimen.

F.

newleaf123
11-12-2013, 12:10 PM
What a fabulous milestone and encouraging post! Congratulations!

fitmom
11-13-2013, 07:43 PM
Congrats! It is nice when we figure out that sweet spot as far as what works for us.

Tuscany
11-13-2013, 08:37 PM
Congratulations, freelance! Losing is hard, but maintenance is how your real success is measured. You maintain on 2,000 calories...wow! It must be your height. :)

As a matter of fact I do have a tidy workspace -- but both my teens are slobs. Go figure.

F.

Ain't that the truth. I'm a neat freak, but both of my kids (now in their 30's) prefer things to be, shall we say, more "casual" (aka disaster zone).

mimsyborogoves
11-14-2013, 08:32 PM
I'm a sloppy maintainer too, lol. I've fallen off the exercise wagon and I eat mostly healthy but too often my calories end up coming from McD's or some other restaurant, lol. I do make healthy choices though! Most of the time. I had the All-Star special at Waffle house today and enjoyed it thoroughly, and to me, you ought to be able to do stuff like that when you want to and not feel guilty about it. As long as you don't do it all the time and within moderation, it's really okay in the end.

lin43
11-19-2013, 03:17 PM
Freelance, as usual, I read your post and feel as if I could have written it. In fact, I have not logged on in a while, but I just came on to post my own two-year success story (stay tuned). Congrats on your two-year maintenance! You've found what works for you, and that's great!