With 16lbs to lose before reaching my goal, I have been very apprehensive about moving into MaintenanceVille. I have visited there on several diets, mostly my stay was very short before being evicted. In all my previous dieting, Maintenance usually meant I was "Finished" I had set a weightloss goal and achieved it and then..........I would begin eating all those foods I labeled as forbidden or not allowed, of course I would usually give up on the exercise. Sometimes the weight would creep back on slowly, other times I seemed to gain it back overnight.
I want this time to be different. This is going to be the really hard part of my journey. I have lost this weight before, the test will be when I move into the Town of MaintenanceVille. I am trying to consider what I have done or will to make it a permanent move rather than a visit.
1) I have my friend the band. But I have questions about that also. Do I continue with this tight restriction that is resulting in weight loss? Do I get slight unfills so that I can have the freedom of adding the healthy foods that my band will not allow? If I do an little unfill, will I have the willpower to use it wisely and not eat the UNHEALTHY foods ? Right now most fresh fruits and chicken are no longer tolerated with my band. Even salad is a rare treat right now, something I have be extremely careful chewing. I really love fruit/salad and would like to add them back, but that would mean some unfilling.
2) This journey is not supposed to be diet, meaning there is no 'FINISH" I really do not weigh, measure or count calories any longer. Does maintenance mean I will have to return to doing those things? UGHH, I hope not.
3) I absolutely believe one important partner when living in MaintenanceVille, is MR. SCALE. Those days when the weight seemed to creep back on, it didn't, I just stopped paying attention. Mr.Scale MAKES me pay attention, MAKES me stay aware. He will have to be there to greet me each morning.
I am so scared now that my goal is within the near future. I am scared of Maintenance. Scared that I will not have the knowledge or confidence to live there. I need to educate myself before I get there. Learn from other banders who live there!