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My weight had stayed stable for over a year, and I did start to get lax. Eating a bit more on a regular basis, and not weighing myself regularly. In fact I started to feel reluctant about weighing myself (touch of the ostrich, this is a real red light!) Result, I put on 3 kilos. Not so much you say, but it just wouldn't have happened if I'd kept up with the weigh ins and acted. Don't make the same mistake as me.
The best thing I did for maintenance was to get rid of all my old clothes. I did wear them loose for a while but then when I started buying new clothes I got rid of them and never looked back. I had lost weight before and kept the old clothes and ended up having to wear them again. I think not wanting to spend the money buying big clothes is a great motivator.
There is always food being brought in to the office and in Dec. it is even worse. I have found I can resist the temptation by having a constant reminder why I am passing by those cookies or chocolate. I have a snorkling trip planned for Mar. '13 and I also know if I start eating alot of unhealthy food it will effect my gall bladder. It is just a matter of remembering that when I am tempted. I do allow myself a treat once in a while but then it is strictly limited only 2 pieces no exceptions!
1. Weekly Friday weigh in. 5lbs up means I go into cut back mode
Staying warm prevents me from eating to get warm. In this way, my favorite comfy sweatshirt, cardigan, and even dolphin blanket are essentials for weight management around my house. As winter approaches, make sure you have non-food ways to stay warm.
Anytime I have a craving for something salty, I keep pistachios around. I'll take 1 handfull and sit down with them and a big bottle of water. By the time I have shelled all of them and drank all the water, I am full and no longer want anything else. Make sure to buy the ones with the shells. It takes time to get them out, so you won't eat mindlessly!
I've always kept on track when i weigh in daily. For me as soon as i start skipping days the weight starts piling on. For me, the reason not to weigh is because I feel guilty over a meal or just ate too much. I know weight will flucuate on a daily basis and I only track it satudays but I still find it best for me to weigh in daily. That's my maintenance secret:)