The Goal is to Stay at Goal!

healthy excited womanWe all know losing the weight is only half the battle. In many ways, keeping the weight off can be just as challenging as the process of losing it. I know; I lost 50 pounds and have kept the weight off for 30+ years. It hasn’t always been easy, but absolutely worth it. Ask any person who has ever lost weight and they will tell you the same thing: to maintain our weight loss we have embrace our new behaviors and not let the old ones creep back into our lives.  We have to continually nurture our healthy relationship with food

When tough situations present themselves, fight them tooth and nail.  You have the power over food and the know-how, so let these facts be your momentum. Be your biggest fan and give yourself a constant source of power by making sure you get to your meeting! (Remember, as a Lifetime member, if you weigh in at least once monthly, within 2 pounds of your goal, you don’t have to pay a thing, plus we give you all the apps and web tools free of charge.)  At your meeting, your friends there will help cheer you on and keep you and your weight in check. It’s also your time to inspire others, share your weight loss secrets and get some advice from others about challenges you might be facing (Yes, Lifetime members face challenges…all kinds of them!)

A really important part of keeping the weight off is staying active..mentally and physically. I always start my day off with a nice long walk or quick workout on the treadmill. That way, I set the pace for the rest of my day. Not only will working out in the morning improve the quality of your metabolism, it also gives you a boost of energy and good endorphins to keep you positive and happy. I also mentally map out my day while working out. It provides me with a clear head.

Another thing that works great for me in maintaining my weight loss is enjoying light snacks throughout the day.  I make sure to curb my appetite with small snacks  that I’m never starving. If I don’t, look out. Dinner time isn’t pretty and I’m more apt to go overboard. To avoid this,  I like to keep small Ziploc bags with sliced veggies, almonds, sliced turkey and cut fruit on hand at all times so that if I’m ever feeling hungry, I have my healthy snack ready.   You could even make yourself a nice lettuce wrap with tuna or turkey. This is a delicious way to keep yourself satisfied throughout the day. Remember, food and eating isn’t bad. What was not working for us in the past is that we let food control our lives, our health and sometimes, even our happiness. We’ve learned ways to change that relationship and getting to a meeting will help you keep that relationship going.

Lastly, don’t forget tracking! Once you’ve lost your weight it’s tempting to think, “I got this. I don’t have to keep track in my head of what I eat and drink.” Wrong! Believe me, it gets away from you and is probably is the biggest co- culprit (along with not attending meetings) to pounds sneaking back on. I don’t care if you track with a pen and paper, or if you write in a Plan & Track, or use eTools…just make sure you hold yourself accountable.

For too many, getting to goal weight is the end of the journey. It’s not. It’s the beginning of a healthier life–your life! Enjoy it and don’t let it go!