Six Steps to Maintain Weight Loss

Six Steps to Maintain Weight Loss

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Six tips to maintaining weight loss.

In 2011 I decided enough was enough. I was fed up with feeling horrible and being tired all the time. I knew it was time for a change. I had to go dairy free while I breastfed Apollo and I began an intesne regimine of running, juicing and cutting out calories.

I lost 30 pounds and was down to my goal weight. I felt amazing, proud and accomplished. Not only that, I was running every single day. I hated running, always have. But I was doing it and reaching my goals.

Then 2012, The Year of Apollo, arrived and the weight came back slowly. By the fall of 2012, I was struggling with adenomyosis and taking medication known for causing weight gain.

January of this year I started Jenny Craig. The weight has been coming off slowly but steadily. I am down 15 pounds and even though I am far from my goal, I am already coming up with ways to maintain my weight loss this time. Here is what I have planned.

1. Drink Lots of Water

Not necessarily the eight glasses a day recommended, but I find it easier to maintain weight loss if I drink water regularly. I make it my goal to drink two of my 20-ounce bottles on top of any other liquid I consume during the day.

Six tips to maintaining weight loss.

2. Chew Sugar-Free Gum

Chewing Orbit® sugarfree gum keeps me from mindlessly snacking during the day (I work from home and the struggle is real). Gum has only 5-10 calories. Sugar-free gum (the only kind I chew and the only kind I allow my children to chew) is actually beneficial to you teeth.

Orbit® sugarfree gum comes in a variety of flavors including Spearmint, Peppermint, Wintermint, Bubblemint, Strawberry, Citrus, Sweet Mint and Orbit White. I like to chew the Spearmint or Peppermint because the minty taste keeps my mouth fresh and discourages me from snacking. It also gives me confidence when I am photographing births. Believe me, you want your breath fresh when working with a laboring mom.

3. Daily Weigh-Ins

I have found that one of the best ways to keep my weight in check is to weigh myself regularly. It is so much easier to move things in the right direction when I noticed I have gained 2 or 3  pounds than when I have gained ten or fifteen.

Daily weighing is too much for some people, but it is very motivating for me.

Hiking is a great way to maintain weight loss.

4. Exercise {That I Can Enjoy and Actually Accomplish}

Right now my main form of exercise is cleaning house fast. I have found that if I pick up my pace enough it will be recorded as “active minutes” on my Fitbit. I got in 44 active minutes today just vacuuming, sweeping and cleaning the kitchen.  As soon as the weather warms (and dries) up I will be taking Frodo on daily walks and taking regular hikes.

I have lost 13 pounds so far on Jenny Craig and the food is amazing.

5. Opt for Sugar-Free and Low-Fat Sometimes

I have pretty much always turned up my nose sugar-free and fat-free foods. There are plenty of arguments both for and against them. At his point in my life, I have found that occasionally choosing fat-free or sugar-free foods allows me to enjoy my favorites and still maintain my weight loss.

Recently my family had ice cream and I chose a low-fat option. And you know what? It was good! I have also been adding sugar-free flavor enhancers to my water to help me meet my goals.

My five tips to keeping maintaining weight loss.

6. Wear a Fitness Tracker

My Fitbit has been a real game changer for me. I love tracking my steps, activity and sleep with no effort. It is also helping me keep up on my laundry, but that’s a story for another day.

The weight has been coming off slowly, but right now, even during the loss phase, I am focusing on establishing habits to keep it off.

What are your best tips for keeping off unwanted weight?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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  1. Mandy Walls

    I am starting weight watchers again this year for a variety of reasons and I love reading little tidbits from others about things they have learned along the way. I too have always snarled my nose at fat free/low fat items but am taking the plunge on some. Ice cream has always been one of my go to choices for a snack and on the ww connect site lots of people were talking about Halo top ice cream. Skeptically I bought some at my local Kroger and was pleasantly surprised at how incredibly good it it. Good enough that I would eat it even if I weren’t going for a healthier lifestyle. Keep up the good work!

    • Thank you for sharing part of your journey. I bought Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches and they were surprisingly good!

  2. What’s worked for me is a routine I call “The Mom Belly DIet”–as in, it helped me get rid of, well, the Mom Belly, acquired after three kids. Breakfast: Anything you like. Go wild! But be reasonable. Globs of doughnuts, not okay. But oatmeal with cream and a banana and a little sugar, okay. Lunch: cut carbs in half–so all the fruit and salad, meat and cheese you like, but just one slice of bread. Dinner: No carbs! Except for ONE glass of dry wine. All the veggies and meat, or veggies and fish, or veggies and whole grain, but no rice, bread, pasta, potato.

    • Oh, this is interesting. Thanks so much for sharing! Twice this week I have had taco salad which consisted of a TON of veggies, a couple tablespoons of meat, a small sprinkle of cheese, a dab of dressing and lots of salsa and hot sauce. No chips at all…and I LOVED it.

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