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100 Weeks of Maintenance!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

I'm a few weeks away from my two year anniversary of reaching my goal weight (again) but this time, I was determined to maintain my weight loss and I HAVE DONE IT FOR 100 WEEKS!
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I've made maintenance mistakes before and I think the biggest one was putting all my excitement in seeing the numbers on the scale dropping. Never even occurred to me that I'd have to find a new type of satisfaction in seeing the numbers stay relatively constant once I reached my goal. However, I was determined to make this time be the last time I entered maintenance and I have learned so much from the Spark community about how to make that a reality.

Being satisfied with a 'sideways trend' instead of a 'downward trend' with my weight is a concept that has helped me so much! Of course, that's what's needed for maintenance but I didn't even consider that in my past attempts so I didn't know to switch my thought process about my weight. I also didn't know anything about staying in a healthy weight RANGE until I learned that on Sparkpeople. +/- 3% from my center weight is my goal and the challenges on the maintenance group are another tool that help me stay where I want to be.

There are days when I don't weigh or get my 5 servings of produce or even drink all my 8 glasses of water...gasp! Sometimes, life just gets in the way of my good habits. LOL I've learned the one thing I can't do is stop tracking my food. That is the one thing that keeps me on track more than anything else. In the past, when I've stopped tracking my food then I've gained weight. So, I tell myself I can eat whatever I want as long as I track it in the food tracker. Some would see that as annoying or OCD but it works for me. If it ain't broke, why fix it?

I've made it through two holiday seasons in my 100 weeks of maintenance so I expect to make it through the 2019 holiday season as well. Looking forward to ending this year strong and starting next year the same! I don't get on here as often as I used to, but I'm still here and still maintaining!

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P.S. Over the past two years my husband has really changed his own thinking about food and has lost 60 lbs and is still going! I'm very proud of him! It's nice to have our goals be the same now though he never tracks a thing. LOL We are each on our own path but have the same goal in sight...maintaining a healthy weight. What a bonus to be able to walk this path together!
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  • MARTHA324
    emoticon on the 100 weeks. That is great.

    I'm with you on tracking.....I've been doing this since summer of of 2010 and have no plans to stop. It works.

    568 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/27/2019 10:01:24 AM
    Man - this is the best blog. I hadn't realized it was 2 years that you've been at goal - so - here's another Congratulations.
    585 days ago
    Congrats, Dianna! 100 weeks of staying in your 3% range is awesome! And something that I am striving for. I’ve gone above my 3% range since getting married last November. I retired 4 weeks ago. I do not want this upward trend to continue, so time to get serious.
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    So very excited that your hubby is on this journey with you. It seems totally unfair that the guys lose without any thought of logging their food. But, that’s what works for me as well, so I keep doing it.

    I’m heading home after being in AZ with a girlfriend for the last 3.5 weeks. Haven’t been on a scale since leaving home. I logged my food and pretty much exercised everyday, so hoping for a slight weight loss. I like your idea of getting a maintenance mentality. I’ll remember that - when I get back to my happy place!
    600 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/26/2019 2:24:17 PM
    Congratulations on 100 weeks of maintenance!! emoticon

    It is a bonus to be able to walk this path with our husband! emoticon emoticon Your husband sounds much like mine. Mine is down 40 lbs. and would like to drop another 10 -15 lbs. Doesn't track a thing either. And, like you, I track what I eat. I used to pre-plan, pre-track and eat to plan. I have not done that for over 2 years now. But, I do continue to track. If I eat it, it gets tracked. We do what supports us, eh?

    The idea of a maintenance RANGE has supported me too. It's been wonderful sharing this journey with you. Keep up the great work!
    607 days ago
    wo love that you do this together emoticon
    608 days ago
    Congratulations on your 100 weeks of maintenance, and nearly two years!! emoticon your success is very impressive and I would never have thought about the topic you brought up about no longer seeing the numbers drop on the scale. But you certainly make a good point! ... That is also wonderful news that your husband has lost 60 pounds and has changed his lifestyle altogether!! Both of you are a great testament of healthy living and making it lifestyle! .. Congratulations to both of you!
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