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Once you hit goal, don't think you can "go back to eating the way you used to." You have a little more freedom, but it's not a huge amount. Stick with that activity plan, stick with all those healthy foods you found. You'll need 'em forever.
I found by eating in a salad plate rather than a regular plate I am eating smaller portions and I drink a glass of water which makes me full therefore causing me not to want to eat more than I should. When I am done eating I don't feel stuffed and miserable, rather I am satisfied and very happy.
My first maintenance goal was to increase exercise to burn 400 calories per day, based on an article about maintaining. After 8 weeks, my reward was a new scale. My current goal is to build muscle and reduce body fat percentage. Also, to reduce sweetener to 4 packets or less per day.
Don't focus on the weight, but rather, focus on making more healthful life choices. Do things like:
Eat a small handful of walnuts or almonds 30 min. before a meal and you won't be as hungry. Also great for an afternoon snack- gets the brain "full" . I also eat with my oatmeal and salads. They are the best filler-upper!!!
I drink a lot of all natural flavored mineral water in place of soda, juice or wine. It is filling, has a slight flavor, counts toward my water goal, and looks pretty in a wine glass while my husband sips his wine at dinner. Saves me lot of calories and sugar!
We can forget this and even crave more attention and perfection at this stage. Remind yourself of where you have come from and achieved. You are still moving and moving forward even though the numbers and comments may be at a stand still. You did not do this for that but to be healthy and happy.
Many live with the fear of going back to our old habits and ways losing all that we have done. Know that you have and will continue to do it. You will adapt what you do and find a balance to your healthy ways and life in general. Never live in fear but in confidence in what you have and will do!