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In need of patience

Saturday, June 20, 2015

"I can resist everything except temptation." Oscar Wilde is one of my favorite writers. He's better known for wit than wisdom, but I think there's some truth in his provocations.

I am not good at this maintenance thing. Although I am allowed to eat more now, I'm finding it harder to keep to my plan. I think part of it is because the minimal carbs naturally suppressed my appetite before, and now that I am aiming for a healthy/normal carb level, I have more of an appetite. Another thing is that when I had a defined weight loss target, I had something specific to focus on, with the promise of "easier" days after that. Well, without that target to motivate, I'm finding that these easier days are just a different type of hard, with no end in sight.

I just need to tell myself that it took months of discipline to lose the weight, and will probably take months of discipline to get into a sustainable maintenance habit. I have managed to stay away from the cheetos for two days. Instead I reached for strawberries that I had prepped and stored in containers in the fridge, as ready nighttime snacks. Two days down, umpteen more to go - you'd think that the older I get, the more patience I would have!
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    I think it is just hard to find your balance to maintain. You can certainly get your carbs through fruits and veges, if you're looking to bring that up to a "normal" level. I eat more protein and fewer carbs than Spark recommends for me and it works a lot better. When I have high carbs, I start craving again. No thanks. You'll get a handle on this, and then it won't be such hard work for you. Just be patient. --Pam
    2131 days ago
    It sounds to me as if you're doing a fine job! I guess maintenance is harder in some ways than the journey toward goal weight. I've read in other people's blogs, too, that it takes time to figure out how to keep one's goal weight steady, but if anybody can do it, Bemused, YOU can!
    2131 days ago
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