Moving from weight loss to maintenance does not mean you are free to eat whatever you want whenever you want. It is helpful to have a "healthy lifestyle journey" mindset when losing weight so when you reach your goal you are ready to continue the lifestyle.
I chose not to have any forbidden foods while losing weight, because I knew that this was for life. I was not willing to give up Lays potato chips (or any other food) for the rest of my life. (Besides that, I found that if I a certain food was off limits then that is what I craved and binged on.)
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I've been on a weight loss journey for most of my adult life. Take it off, put it back on, etc etc. My mindset is different now, this is not a "diet" it's a lifestyle change. It's not just about what foods to eat and why I eat them (nutrition not emotion is my motivation), but it's also about being active, and getting out and enjoying life!
I have different sizes of clothing ranging from size 14 to size 6. I have "grouped" them together in my closet so as I lose weight and inches, I move onto the next size. It's a great motivator for me to get into a size I haven't been for awhile! I'm working towards a size 10 right now!
Part of not getting down and staying positive is your mindset. By seeing yourself in the future in a positive light, you can put your plan into action. PLAN ON: being healthy and being OK with ups & downs. Instead of setting goal for a certain event (like 40 pounds in 2 months), concentrate your efforts on feeling good for that event instead. By creating a healthy lifestyle for yourself, you might not just feel good but look good to!
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