Now that You Lost Weight, How to Keep It Off?
Are you struggling to keep from regaining your newly lost pounds?
It is a beautiful day! Congratulations on your goal weight achievement, and success well deserved. It was a hard road; you worked for every step of this journey. Every ounce, every pound was hard-won.
You believed in yourself to get you here, to your grand achievement! You should reward yourself and celebrate your success. I reward myself with vacation time, buying new clothes, shoes, or even new jewelry. Whatever you think will mark the event for you.
It is an exceptional achievement because if you follow the Stay Healthy Method, you will maintain your weight from this point forward. Mark it on your calendar; this is a day you will want to remember.
This accomplishment has marked the end of a life phase when you allowed an external force to influence you. You decided to take control, make a conscious decision to go a different path, make a change, and improve your life.
I am so proud of you.
**The biggest thing you can do at this moment is to stay on track.
Do not relax your eating habits and slip back into old habits, or you know what will happen. The weight will return.
If you are like most people, you have done that before. It is easy to do. I remember this happening to me before I decided to take control of my life and weight.
Not too long ago, you chose to make this change. Now it is time to decide to keep this new you. A new reality must be accepted to maintain this healthier version of you.
Keeping off the weight is more challenging than taking it off in the first place.
Yes, you read that correctly. It is tough to keep the weight off! But, deep down inside, you already know this, you have been here before, and the weight returned.
You need a powerful reason or purpose for Staying Healthy. Dig down and find your reason for losing weight and wanting a healthier body. Then ground yourself in that reason.
You want to Stay Healthy. Deep inside, decide what you want and that you will do the work to Stay Healthy.
It is work. Every day, every meal, every bite. Hold on that sounds familiar. This sounds like what I have been doing to LOSE weight.
Do you really have to continue like this?
I don’t want to discourage you, but you cannot go back to eating as you did when carrying the extra pounds. If you do, you will put the pounds back on.
This is how you make lasting changes.
You have to take actions, tasks, and decisions you will carry with you into the future. Now, the future is here, and you must be diligent to continue your path to maintain your new physique.
I am well acquainted with keeping extra weight off; I have done it since 2007. I started permanently losing weight in 2005, but pulling all that excess weight off took a while.
I was determined never to go back. I will not say that I have been perfect, but I have been “thin” since 2007, and I have had my ups and downs. I have maintained a normal BMI for my height, which is all I am looking to accomplish.
I realize that a “normal BMI” is not appropriate for everyone, and I am not suggesting that this is a reasonable goal for most, but it was for me.
I want to be reasonably thin, feel good in my body, and be at a weight where I can do the physical activities I like without taxing myself. I don’t want to be in a state where I need medications to control my cholesterol, blood pressure, and sugars.
I am not looking to be skin and bone-thin or a super-lean bodybuilder. When I am within my desired weight range, I can enjoy myself and splurge from time to time. That is where I am most happy, and my health is where it needs to be.
I want to encourage you to walk this path with me. If you are struggling, please reach out. I can help you.