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Old 06-09-2013, 03:06 PM   #1
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Something's missing

It's been 9 months since I started LC.
Losing the weight and getting fit preoccupied me.
I conducted research, join this message board, tried new foods
and ways to prepare them. At times it was a joy, others a struggle.
Now I'm at goal. I did it. There were a few days of feeling really good
at having achieved a difficult goal, but now what?
I sorta have this feeling that reminds of an old Peggy Lee classic
"Is that all there is"?
I miss the passion.
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Old 06-09-2013, 03:13 PM   #2
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Find a new hobby. Something you love. Take a class or start something like running and try to reach the goal of a marathon. Maybe start a financial goal of saving up for a trip. Put your focus on something other than food now although you should still focus on maintaining your loss.

Congratulations by the way! I worry the same thing. I have a LOT of weight to lose and it takes all of my focus. It will be my life for the next 2 years or more and after that maintaining will be my focus.
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Old 06-09-2013, 03:27 PM   #3
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I imagine this is why maintenance is hard. You just have to keep eating the same, and yet there is no thrill of victory on the scale - you are just trying to keep it where it is.
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Old 06-09-2013, 03:31 PM   #4
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i hear ya. i'm no where near being at goal, let alone near where weighing what society says i should weigh, but, i'm no different just because i've lost 80 pounds. i'm the same insecure me. the only thing different is that i no longer have to worry about having the largest rear in the room. lol
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Old 06-09-2013, 03:33 PM   #5
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Well done on the weightloss!

I second, getting into some kind of fitness class, Zumba, spinning etc something high energy and fun, I spin and get such an endorphin high after a good class.
It helps me maintain, really well, but I'm after losing another 10lbs as well.

(That's if you don't do something like that already?)
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Old 06-09-2013, 03:47 PM   #6
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I imagine this is why maintenance is hard. You just have to keep eating the same, and yet there is no thrill of victory on the scale - you are just trying to keep it where it is.
Agreed.
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:00 PM   #7
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Good post and great replies.
I would only like to add that it is probably a good idea to find something along the way to interest you, if you can.
Avid, look for healthy feel good experiences . Our bodies do not forget the endorphins of yesteryear and need to be indulged.

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Old 06-09-2013, 04:05 PM   #8
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I've been at goal for close to 3 years, and I find maintaining to be incredibly challenging with issues I didn't foresee.

There's a reason so many people regain lost weight, so when you get to goal, be assured that there are challenges ahead if you expect to maintain that weight.
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:18 PM   #9
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You accomplished a hard to reach goal.

Now you PAT YOURSELF ON THE BACK and maintain. find new recipes that excite and expand your menu. because eventually YOU NEED new foods incorporated a bit. because no one can eat just what they did to lose the weight. Maintenance is about trial and error now.

I know that passion of hitting a goal number is gone---but don't be slack about maintenance at all. You must find ways to make it long term. The whole 9 yards for life.


and now that you are thinner find more active hobbies. anything ya wanted to do?

Me, I want to hit a zipline again oh yea. another 20 lbs and we are going ziplining in the mountains. Thinner to me means alot more active! Can't wait til I get into that zone of attacking life and having fun. all the while carrying less fat on the old body
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:31 PM   #10
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I am always sorry to hear people posting their assumptions or expectations that maintenance must be boring, a letdown, or disappointing. It really is not any of those things. It feels absolutely great to be at a stable, appropriate goal weight--one at which you look good, can wear the same clothes year after year without having to go up a size, are as thin as you prefer, are healthy, can move as actively as you wish to, know how to eat to stay that size, etc.

Leo is right in saying there are unexpected challenges and new lessons to be learned all the time. But that isn't depressing or demoralizing; it's just that we all should be continuing to learn and grow. We're never "done". I would much rather be working on those challenges and lessons while at my preferred weight. I find it extremely satisfying to be 118 one week, the next week, the next week and the next week. That's not boring at all. It feels way more exciting to me than still being heavier and seeing losses.

Avid, I hope you find your own personal sources of excitement in maintenance.
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:47 PM   #11
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First, Congrats! We all now what a great accomplishment that is.

But I've been kind of feeling the same way. I was at my first goal, changed it when I got there. Now I have sort of updated it again. But I feel like I always need something to work "towards". So I started a new challenge - to get my walking pace to below 15/min per mile. Well, I just reached that this week, so now I need to think of something else again. And I will, but I think the point is just to have "something" to work towards.

So find what interests you and make a goal. Then go to it!
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Old 06-09-2013, 05:01 PM   #12
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First, Congrats! We all now what a great accomplishment that is.

But I've been kind of feeling the same way. I was at my first goal, changed it when I got there. Now I have sort of updated it again. But I feel like I always need something to work "towards". So I started a new challenge - to get my walking pace to below 15/min per mile. Well, I just reached that this week, so now I need to think of something else again. And I will, but I think the point is just to have "something" to work towards.

So find what interests you and make a goal. Then go to it!
Great post!! Some of us just don't feel right if we don't have some kind of goal to work at. Your examples and ideas resound very strongly with me!
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Old 06-09-2013, 06:23 PM   #13
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It's like meeting a new love.... There is that period of infatuation-excitement-newness that evolves into something wonderful in its own way. For some it becomes deeper and maybe evolves into a new lifestyle. For some, it becomes a confortable habit and you just go through the motions of doing it out of loyalty. but with little passion. For some boring and monotonous unless you spice it up... For SOME you get a little food plan on the side ...

But I I get what you mean. Right now I am feeling kind of re interested i my woe... After goal I was kind of "eh".... Having fun Again. Next step is to get I. Great shape
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Old 06-09-2013, 06:46 PM   #14
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I know exactly what you mean, Avid. The chase is SO much more fun than the catch. I poured my heart and soul into reaching my goal weight and when I did, it was like an emotional letdown. For whatever reason, all the wind was out of my sails and I fell into a funk. There was nothing left to go after, no new magical number to chase. No smaller pants in the closet waiting for me to fit into them.

I wish I had some helpful advice but the only thing I can tell you is NOT to go crazy cheating in the name of "celebration." It will only lead to ruin. Other than that, stay on plan, stay positive, and be patient. Best of luck to you!! Succeed where I failed!!!!
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Old 06-09-2013, 07:23 PM   #15
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I suggest that you develop the new hobby of collecting wisdom about maintaining, so you can teach us when we get where you are.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:19 AM   #16
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I think maintenance is more difficult than weight loss! But, I've always gone up and down on the scale.

There is always health research out there - you can still search that. You can always learn more. You can also be a valuable resource for those of us still trying to lose the (Stubborn) weight.
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Old 06-10-2013, 01:40 PM   #17
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I've never been able to maintain...to me, maintanence requires way more work than loss. Good luck and you could always spends your days coming up with great, delicious low carb recipes for the rest of us ...
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:12 AM   #18
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Set another goal that interests you--besides maintaining. Learn to fly, hang glide, kayak, zumba, square dance, play chess, whatever.
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Old 06-11-2013, 01:03 PM   #19
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avid - same thing happened to me. I lost 80 pounds in 2008 and yelled "goal". Then I was lost - nothing to do - no more excitement. What I didn't do back then was prepare myself for the maintenance phase; I didn't look that far ahead. I didn't know what maintenance was all about - I was full speed ahead on losing weight with blinders on. Well, I gained 44 of those pounds back over the past 4 years and am doing LC again. This time I have a clear view of what to do after the weight loss goal is attained again - maintenance and am looking forward to it!
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Old 06-11-2013, 02:32 PM   #20
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Set another goal that interests you--besides maintaining. Learn to fly, hang glide, kayak, zumba, square dance, play chess, whatever.
yes, definitely set another goal. do something you always want to try especially if your previous weight was preventing you from doing it.

i need at least 5 lifetimes to do all the things i want to try!
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:12 AM   #21
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What's missing is Avid!!! You still around? If so, how's it going?
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:35 AM   #22
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Find a new hobby. Something you love. Take a class or start something like running and try to reach the goal of a marathon. Maybe start a financial goal of saving up for a trip. Put your focus on something other than food now although you should still focus on maintaining your loss.
I would add to, maybe, volunteer for a cause in your area, maybe at a youth center, or food bank, or cleanup efforts locally. You have all this drive which can be channeled to help others.

Congratulations, by the way!
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Old 06-21-2013, 07:01 AM   #23
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I suggest that you develop the new hobby of collecting wisdom about maintaining, so you can teach us when we get where you are.
Love this!!!

Avid I first want to say that I think you have done so well and you have been an inspiration to many! Congratulations!!

The other thing I will say (in case you haven't heard me say it before), is that it cannot be all about weight control because then it just becomes a diet and we all know what happens with that.

If you make it a new mission to discover why this way of eating is better for your health (other than the weight) I guarantee that you will fill that missing piece and keep filling it. The reasons seem endless to me and I have been at it for about 3+ yrs. now.

If you want any ideas of where to start, I would be happy to give you a few of my faves.
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:25 AM   #24
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:30 AM   #25
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10+ years maintaining and I would definitely call it a hobby! I still enjoy finding and creating new clean/low carb recipes and enjoy feeling amazing and not gaining.
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:37 AM   #26
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I imagine this is why maintenance is hard. You just have to keep eating the same, and yet there is no thrill of victory on the scale - you are just trying to keep it where it is.
I've been on these boards a long, long time. The most successful people I have encountered are the ones who got to goal and found a new love for fitness. My advice, find something active that you enjoy! Great job!
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