I've been on MFP for one solid year, joining three months into my weight loss journey. I reached goal weight/range in September 2011 and have since been in what's perceived as "maintenance mode". For anyone who asks me what I did to lose weight, I refer them to my success story:
But really, especially for those who have already reached goal weight, the hardest part is the Ever After in Happily Ever After. You will spend copious amounts of time trying to stay in your goal range. Some things will work, many of them won’t. You learn how to live with this body that you earned and the person that you have now become. Above all, you just don’t ever want to go back to the way you used to be/feel/look/weighed. I believe that it’s possible to remain in your goal range as long as you adapt your eating and workout habits to a sustainable lifestyle. “Sustainable” varies from person to person. For me, it’s being able to make healthy choices yet eat ALL THE FOODS during the holidays (in sizeable portions). It’s discovering that I like to lift heavy and do HIIT a few times a week, as long as I get my kids to the places they need to be. It’s about TRUSTING THE PROCESS, which I’m doing right now at the end of a metabolism reset. If it works, I’ll have a new blog post about it at the end of the summer.
I learned a great many things this past year, from being in awesome mfp groups, the camaraderie on my friend list and from doing research on topics of interest. The most important things I wish I could tell people on my friend list are below; I don’t venture into the forums anymore because, well, the waters get too choppy nowadays.
1.) Food is fuel. If you really, REALLY want to lose weight in a healthy way, you need to EAT MORE THAN 1200 CALORIES/DAY.
2.) I don’t like elimination diets, but if there’s something you should really ditch, give up soda. Yes, you can. I did it. So can you.
3.) Ditch the processed snacks if you can. I rarely eat chips and packaged cookies anymore because the thought of those multi-syllabic ingredients murking up the blood in my hard-earned healthy body feels like a huge setback.
4.) Take rest days. They help heal your body from the punishment you put it through.
5.) The scale will go up for many, many reasons. Don’t freak out. Collect the data and chart your progress. Give any new change in your eating or exercise routine TIME. Give it at least two weeks, but 4-6 weeks is better.
6.) There’s probably more, but I’ll save it for the next blog post.
Thanks to my MFPals for being so supportive this past year! I appreciate all the cheers!