Please welcome Jody! It has taken me ages—but Ive finally dragged her over to my neck of the ‘net…
I love these posts here at Carla’s place because in this day when it seems like you have to lose 100 pounds or more for it to mean something, Carla, is celebrating all of us that lose 15, 20, 25, 40 or any amount of weight! Even if a person loses 10 pounds, that is something to be celebrated – an accomplishment!
Like Carla, I was young when I lost my approximately 35-40 pounds. I lost it by changing my food & did not necessarily exercise more. After that point, my way of keeping it off was not really the right way to do it. I was exercising but I was not eating right – salads, no protein & avoiding fat, even the healthy kind. This was old school thinking at its best! I was “maintaining” for the most part but I HAD TO RELEARN HOW TO EAT & exercise in a better way. The biggest thing for me was that food –not just salads but protein, healthy fat & the right type of carbs that worked best for my body.
Truth be told and this is the FIRST TIME I HAVE WRITTEN THIS FOR PEOPLE TO READ, I still crave all those things I ate way back when that made me heavy. Yes, I still would love to eat cinnamon rolls & cookies & brownies & crackers & lots of other stuff that made me “fat” BUT I CHOOSE NOT TO eat them!
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the way I eat now. I have a food plan that works for me & keeps me happy. I plan for treats & yes, there are times I just want to have “that thing”. Yes, I have the emotional eating here & there too! The key point is that I get right back to my healthy ways. I own it & move on!
I have been maintaining for over 30 years.
What are the things I think helped me succeed at this:
- PATIENCE!!!! I needed that to lose the weight & it takes a lot more of it to maintain! I just saw a segment with Joy Bauer from The Today Show. She had 3 people with long-term weight loss success stories on the show. They all said losing was hard but the maintaining was even harder! You may have ups & downs. Stick with it! Age creates a new set of things to deal with & I am working that now. It takes PATIENCE to stick with it as I try to get past these aging factors. It takes patience all thru life BUT you can do it!
- Find what works for you! We are all different. You may use a number of different plans to take the weight off but always remember it is not about anyone but you. Find the food plan & exercise plan that works for you. Make it YOUR lifestyle.
- Consistency of course! Once you have lost the weight, you just can’t go back to eating the way you used to – that is why you put on the weight. You need to take that food & exercise plan & be consistent with it long term. Yes, enjoy now & then but you can’t eat anything you want any time you want to…. Cold hard facts.
- ALWAYS LEARNING! I had to learn to change with the years, the job, whatever was going on in my life. I had the hormones when I was younger and now the hormones with age. I did not do the same thing nor eat the same thing all thru these years. You have to keep evaluating & finding what works for you at different stages of your life. Doing the same thing day in & day out, week after week, month after month, year after year is not going to keep you at maintenance because our bodies DO change! Learn to listen to your body every day, month, year. Things change, you change – change with them!
I know it is tough to lose & it is going to be even harder to maintain but it is so worth it! Listen & learn about your body so that you can make adjustments thru time. Live it & find ways to keep you happy & healthy – it can be done!