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So, it's been awhile....in the past that would have meant that I fell completely off the wagon, wasn't living a healthy life, and so I was avoiding this place. Not this time! Life is just busy with 2 kids, working, and trying to spend some time with my husband. Life is also kinda boring at maintenance. In the past, I loved posting about weekly progress, sharing pictures, or talking about challenges. Now it just kinda seems like the same old boring talk all the time. However, I will try and share some things I learned along the way and what I am still learning in maintenance.

When I set out to lose weight (this time) I promised myself I would not do anything to lose weight that I wasn't willing to do to maintain weight because I had been super strict in the past and then gained all that weight back. I needed something sustainable that didn't leave me longing for "the end" of the diet so that I could eat all the things I had deprived myself of. Now, that's not to say that I always eat all the things I want because that's how I got overweight in the first place! My motto became "I can have what I want, but I can't have it all" I make choices every day about what is most important to me for that week--spoiler alert, most of the time it's a cheeseburger and fries but this week it was pizza! And this isn't just "maintenance food" I ate that way all the way through losing 68 pounds. My friends jokingly referred to it as my cheeseburger diet because I often said that a life without cheeseburgers isn't worth living.

All that said, I have had a bit of a scale creep over the past few months. I am still well under my official goal weight, but I'm about 4 pounds over my "ideal weight" This means back to strict tracking/measuring for a bit until I get back to where I want to be. This is key for me to maintain. In the past, I would put on 3-4 pounds. Stay that weight for a long time and get comfortable--and then put on another couple pounds. Stay at that weight for awhile and then get comfortable--you get the idea. No more! If I get more than 3 lbs above my goal weight, I go back to basics. Measuring, weighing, tracking every bite. I don't plan to do those things every day for the rest of my life, so that's incentive to stay close to my ideal weight!

Paula mentioned that my kids must be getting big and she's right! So just because you know I'm kinda obsessed with them, here are a couple of cutie pictures to show how much they have grown!

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Comment by Erica on February 12, 2017 at 9:43pm
Hi Christy!!!! Your kids have gotten so big! They are so adorable! You still look fantastic! It's so nice to see you here with an update. It's also reassuring to hear that you are on top of the creep, before it gets out of hand! You have been such a great inspiration to me! As I've shared with you in the past, I've never quite gone very far with or succeeded at maintenance. I think I likely would have, if I didn't get sick a couple of years ago. Anyway after all I have been through, my health is not something that I'm willing to take for granted. As long as my medications keeps working, I believe I will be able to! Maintenance will be something in my not too distant future!
Comment by Paula on February 13, 2017 at 7:26am
What a surprise to see a post so quickly. I really enjoy reading your posts. I want to know how maintenance is. Explaining how you found & keep the balance is extremely helpful to me. Getting healthy does not have to equate to never ever having a favorite food, but fitting it into the balance. I have been able to maintain a 20 pound loss for 2 years. But feel I am ready to finally lose the rest. Seeing your success certainly makes me feel like I can do this....finally. Thanks for sharing the pictures. My goodness the children are growing. Your daughter walking! Your son looks like he left "toddler land". Time is passing too fast. I hope to see more posts from you.
Comment by Christy on February 13, 2017 at 2:44pm

@Erica--thank you for the kind words. That is super sweet of you. You are a champ for hanging in there through it all and I look forward to hearing all about your success!

Comment by Christy on February 13, 2017 at 2:46pm

@Paula--thanks! I appreciate you always checking on me. That's great that you have been able to keep that weight off and that you keep on trekking. I think in some ways maintenance is harder than losing--so you already have that part figured out! I know you can do it. My son will be 5 in May, but as he says he's "the size of a 7 year old" Haha. And the 'baby' will be 2 next month!!

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