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Sunday, October 12, 2014

After the weight is lost, hopefully you lost it in a place never to be found again, is it possible to maintain for life?
Only time will tell. Some of the maintainers have been doing this for a long time and they will tell us that it can be done, but my guess is that even though it is easier now than it was at the beginning, it is still a daily job to pick healthy and to choose wisely for the calorie consumption.
I can honestly say that some things that I use to eat without even thinking about, such as fast food french fries, really turn me off now. My daughter came home the other evening and was eating Culvers French fries for dinner and I came into the kitchen and saw them on the table and a few years ago, I would have wanted them. I looked at them and thought, yuck!
Now, I still love french fries and will eat them on very rare occasion, but I just can't eat fast food french fries anymore.
Which goes to show that our minds can be retrained. I was at the dinner and dance last evening of the young lady who celebrated her Bat Mitzvah and they were having Pizza Luce.
Pizza is another item that I kind of gave up when I started down this path, but eat it on rare occasion and with thin crust. I used to eat only Pan Pizza with extra thick crust.
As I looked over the selection, none of it sounded very good because I just didn't want the grease from the cheese or the meat. I finally settled on 1 piece of the baked potato pizza which was interesting, I don't think I would eat it again, and ate more salad than pizza. After the party, my husband and I decided to go for a drink since it was 9 and I wanted to see their menu since I was a little hungry. I really didn't see many healthy options but my husband suggested we share the lettuce wraps. That was the best choice and the lettuce tasted so good with the ground chicken and salsa.
For me, I really feel like I have a whole new way of thinking with this lifestyle, I see pictures of fast food or Chinese take out and I really don't think it looks good at all anymore.
And that does make it much easier in the long run since what I crave most is salads and not the fully loaded versions, but the healthy ones with a lighter dressing.
I take this one day at a time and when I am really hungry, I try to eat a piece of fruit or carrots first before I eat my meal so that the right portion is going to fill me up. In addition to that, I carry a bottle of water with me everywhere so that I always have it and I find that I drink even more than I use to because it is there.
We can do this, it won't always be easy, but I do know that it will ALWAYS be worth it.
I am 66 weeks into Maintenance and I believe that it is where I will be for the rest of my life because I am in charge, and I have to keep on making the right decision every day.
I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful Fall weather and can get outside for a while and soak up some vitamin D and enjoy the sun or the rain or whatever kind of weather you are having, and let it fill you with joy to be alive today!
Spark on!
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    I remember a Weight Watcher leader that used to say. " Maintenance isn't the end..it's the beginning." So true. 66 weeks is a long time! Congrats! emoticon
    1978 days ago
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    emoticon on your maintaining and changing your way of eating to stay healthy! You inspire all of us and really appreciate your sharing your blogs with us. Some lose the weight on here and just leave...not you...shows how much you care about us. So thank you for that! Couldn't be on this journey without you! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1996 days ago
    You're an inspiration, Holly! Congratulations on 66 weeks of maintenance! Thanks for sharing this part of your journey to a healthier life. emoticon
    1999 days ago
    wow holly excellent blog hand you are doing so very well . eating clean most of th time is the way to go
    2000 days ago
    66 weeks of maintenance is outstanding. You are doing so well. I have found that my tastes have changed also. I also really like a good healthy salad. I used to eat junk food as well. Now like you I stay away from it. If I want to indulge, it will be a very tasty food. I used to like margaritas but now find they are often too sweet. lettuce wraps are great!~ Isn't nice to see the changes in your attitude towards food?

    2002 days ago
    hooray for 66 weeks of maintenance! it is a daily job, but it is so interesting how we have retrained ourselves. i also react to just the thought of fast food or greasy food as …yuck! who would want that? taking control, especially of our triggers, and staying in control, seems to be what it's all about. spark on!
    2002 days ago
    Holly, you have it made! You are the posterchild for maintaining and for having really retrained your brain and your tastebuds. Enjoy!
    2003 days ago
  • ANGGEL40
    Great blog, that's how I was able to get to where I am today, reaching for healthy snacks instead of junk food or fast food, now don't get me wrong I am human so sometimes I do mess up but I always get right back on track..my favorite go to snack is Jiffy's low sodium natural peanut butter melted with apples....I am in heaven when I eat this...I also love having my cucumbers and carrots as well! I get my water in but not as much as I would like but I do not drink any sodas, a lot of green tea or herbal teas! I am loving this lifestyle as well..it is raining here now but I did get a chance to walk before the rain came and it was beautiful outside....thanks for sharing your blog and have a goodnight! emoticon emoticon
    2003 days ago
    Holly, you are so inspiring! I hope to get to maintenance one day, but in the meantime, I am working on all the changes that have to happen. I have never been a fan of fast food, which is a blessing! I do love a lot of other things that aren't all that healthy. Pizza is one of them. But moderation in all things! I have learned that while it might take me a while to reach my goals, I am heading in the right direction, and I will be able to maintain, because I am learning every day, and retraining my brain as well! I agree - it a life-long commitment, because if we don't work the maintenance, we could put it right back on! That is why I will never go on a diet again. It implies a beginning and an end. Instead, we are changing our habits, and with them, our lives!
    2003 days ago
    Another great blog, Holly! I think for all of us, even the ones that are very far away from maintenance, it is always useful to hear how you are doing it. You are still enjoying life, maybe even more in a sense!!! I don't like fast food and only rarely eat pizza, I think I am a typical French woman in the sense that I like good food, made with good products. But these days I eat too much! :(
    2003 days ago
  • BLUEJAY1969
    I thank you for sharing how you are doing with maintenance! I try to always think of this as a lifestyle change and not a diet and I'm not cutting anything out that I still find myself wanting badly after a month or two but when I tried the fast food fries that I thought I wanted so badly, I really got grossed out so I doubt I will be eating those again! Same with pan crust pizza! Ick - way too greasy! Sounds like you are doing really well and that gives me hope for the future!
    2003 days ago
    Reading this gives me a lot of hope. I would love to reach the point where you are, just not wanting a lot of the unhealthy foods anymore. That must be a pretty amazing feeling. I'm sure it's still not easy, but it seems like you've got things pretty well under control. Great blog!
    2003 days ago
    I enjoyed your tips Holly! I haven't been on sparks very long, since January, but hope to get where I need to be eventually. emoticon for your day!
    2003 days ago
    Very well said! It is true that we can retrain our way of thinking about food one choice at a time and one day at a time. I feel very confident that you are on a lifelong path of maintenance!

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    2003 days ago
    Enjoyed reading your Blog, Holly. You're right on about eating fries. Last yr was all about exercise but this 2nd year it's been all about healthier eating. I've lost interest with fast food including fries (pizza I still indulge on rare occasions). My fall back this year, instead of going to gym I want to be creative with my cooking. Only cause I was never a good cook. There's been a lot of great changes since joining SP. Looking forward to fall and winter. And looking forward to your blogs.
    And btw, you look great, Holly. Keep up your awesome maintenance.
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    2003 days ago
    Holly, I have to first congratulate you on being on 66 weeks in maintenance! I am so proud of you and all that you have accomplished! I feel maintenance is a lot harder then losing the weight! You are such an inspiration to everyone on Sparks! You are what Sparks is all about! You are my rockstar! I hope your Sunday is full of lots of love and happiness!
    Hugs and love,
    2003 days ago
    You are doing great! The reason I am confident you are going to continue with your success is because you really have made it a lifestyle change. No, it won't always be easy but it sounds like you've got this! Way to go!
    2003 days ago
    As you said, for me it's a daily job and will always be. A life style change that need to be exercised constantly. I also agree that with time it's easier to say no to unhealthy things because we have created wonderful healthy habits, but still, we need to keep practicing the good habits. Our minds have their ways to tempt or trick us, so we have to be on guard.

    I'm so looking forward for my maintenance life-long challenge.

    emoticon for the emoticon job you're doing!!
    2003 days ago
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