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Weight Maintenance Secrets

The best tips and advice for life after weight loss. If you do not have a weight-loss goal, how do you maintain a healthy weight?

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Go to the Grocery Store

I used to have trouble staying on track and came to realize that it typically was when I didn't have the right foods in the house. Make sure you always stay well stocked with healthy nutritious foods that are easy to prepare. I keep a list of "essentials" and have it with me when I goto the store.

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staying sane

I have successfully maintained my weight for 13 years simply by being human at times. 2 days a month I let myself eat or drink whatever I want. I don't miss the way i looked as a 2x 13 years ago but I enjoy eating occasionally like I did when I was fat.

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coctails

every time i have a drink of something alcoholic i follow it with a glass of water. i find that the water evens everything out

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weigh ourselves every morning!

DH and I do this every morning . This really works to keep ourselves from ever putting the weight back on.

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Planning ahead

I admire the spark members who are able to stay on track without tracking their food. It is I guess reserved to a small select group which I don't belong to. I don't like tracking but the times I have been successful I have. So once a week I take the time to plan it all in advance! It works for me!

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Maintaining!

If you want to maintain, stay with The Spark. especially stay with a Spark team, messaging, taking and giving support.

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Drink Green Tea

If you're an emotional eater, drink a warm cup of green tea instead of giving in to grazing. You'll be so proud of yourself!

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drink 8 glasses of fluids

I drink 8 glasses of water, cystal light lemonade, coffee. What ever liquid I put in my mouth I count toward my daily liquid intake.

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Eternal Vigilance PLUS Positive Self-Talk

Eternal vigilance means that I track my food, my exercise and my weight daily. But when you're no longer losing, you're no longer getting external compliments: others take the slim you for granted. That's when the positive self-talk and small rewards (bribes?) become key to weight maintenance!

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Low Cal snacks in a second!

When you bring in your fresh veggies take a few minutes to prep them right then and there! If you have a lovely tupperware full of cut up carrots, celery, cucumbers, etc. you will be more likely to reach for them and dip them in the hummus rather than the chips!! Smiley FACE!

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