I'm new to 3 fat chicks, but not new to maintenance. I lost 120 pounds in 2002, and have been struggling with "those last 10 pounds" since. I've read some of very enlightening and insightful posts here, and realized that I'm actually in maintenence mode. OK, it took two years to figure this out.... yeah, really swift. : ))
The thing that really spoke to me, was the realization that we are different than other people with respect to caloric consumption. I read those posts and it was like a bell went off, ie the "aha" moment. It's a mental shift from constantly feeling frustrated with myself to the realization that it's just my reality that I'm unable to eat like other people. It gave me permission to still be vigilant about my food and exercise, and to not feel like a freak when I walk away from the dessert buffet with my plate loaded with fruit (and OK a SMALL cookie treat). I've also realized that it will never be otherwise, and that it's a lifelong commitment.
Anyhow, this was a long intro for a person just trying to say HI and thanks for the insightful thoughts posted here. I admire all of you for your dedication and concern for others. I'll try and contribute whenever I feel like I can help someone else.