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Maintaining=dieting for life?

I am dieting and 23. I am cutting cals, watching what i eat, etc. I workout alot too.

I was wondering....when I finally get to goal weight, what will change? Do I always have to eat light? I can understand monitering but for people who have lost weight: do you still diet? what's your diet like? Whats your life like? Do you feel deprived? Are you scared of gaining it back?

What's life like after the weight change?


Wed. Sep 26, 9:42pm

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Great idea for a post! I am interested in this, too. I am doing WW and they have you at a certain number of points for maintenance. Although, I am not sure if they are more or the same as you get while losing...

I'd love to hear others experiences, too! Thanks!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007, 10:40 PM

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Maintaining is very hard! I lost 30 lbs on WW and kept it off for 6 years (till I got pregnant.) The thing about maintaining is that you don't have the same motivation as when you are losing -- your body is not getting more attractive, healthier, etc. So you have to find other sources of motivation.

yes, it's a lifetime change. Yes, you always have to think about it. But yes, you also get to eat a bit more and take it easier than when you[re actively losing. ( I think in WW you add in 4 points per day and see how that affects your weight, and then alter it if you're still losing or gaining.)

I was scared of gaining the weight back for the first full year. Then I realized I could do this! But then everytime you have a slip, like gaining 5 pounds, you get scared again. At least that's my experience!

Thursday, September 27, 2007, 7:08 AM

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I have lost 30 pounds, and have been maintaining that for a year. One of the ways I do that is by logging here. I find that if I don't keep track, it's too easy with my lifestyle to slip into bad habits. I go out a lot, I travel often and if I'm not writing it down, it's so easy to slip up just a bit too often here and there especially when you eat in nice restaurants 2-4 nights a week.

Am I scared of gaining it back? Heck yeah! It was work losing that and I don't want to do it again. So I weight often and I monitor my intake. I don't often monitor what I eat, but I do actually like healthy food - I cook very healthfully at home, so it's the going out where I have to be pretty vigilant about portions. That works pretty well for me as long as I don't eat things that are too heavy or rich too often. I can be a lot less vigilant if I'm making my 5x a week workout schedule, but since I moved and joined a new gym that I don't like that much, it's been more of a challenge.

Honestly I really enjoyed getting healthy and active and I don't have a hard time keeping it up for the most part, but the eating out kills me. You run into challenges though here and there, so you have to overcome that. I weigh to keep on track and I log, but I don't obsess about what I eat. However, I can't just pretend that I won't gain the weight back if I don't eat right and exercise though - you have to keep healthy living in your mind when you're going about your life. It really is a lifestyle change and not a diet that keeps it off. I'm lucky I have a loving husband who also enjoys eating healthy and being active, so this is just the way we live now and not something I did for a few months until I could get back to 'normal' - my life now is normal and what I did before was self-destructive.

Life is better. I'm happier when I'm healthier. I enjoy my new active hobbies. I have friends over and cook healthy meals (and no one usually even notices how healthy they are). I love to garden, hike, walk, swim and play like crazy with my nephew. I sleep better and I have more energy during the day. My skin looks healthy and so do my eyes and hair. My sex drive is better and so is my marriage because we get to really talk while we're doing all these healthy activities together or cooking something good. Not only am I not bummed that I don't live on junk food, caffine and sit at my desk playings video games anymore - I'd feel like someone was punishing me if I had to. Life is good.

*whew* sorry that got long, but you definitely got me in the mood for reflection. Best wishes on your own journey!

Thursday, September 27, 2007, 10:05 AM

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...so this is just the way we live now and not something I did for a few months until I could get back to 'normal' - my life now is normal and what I did before was self-destructive".

Thank you! That was vey inspiring!


Thursday, September 27, 2007, 10:18 AM

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yes, I agree ... the 10:05 poster was very helpful and insightful. Thanks for taking the time to write down your experience.

Thursday, September 27, 2007, 11:22 AM

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