Every once in a awhile I go back and re-read articles I found eye-opening in my initial period following my weight loss. One of them is called “The Fat Trap” by Tara Parker-Pope in the NY Times.
If you haven't read it, click on the above link.
What I took away from it this time is how vigilant they said successful folks who have maintained a weight loss are. They mentioned the hour a day walk. The weighing every day. They were always watching caloric intake and, every day, with no weekend departures, were eating a recommended diet.
I've been sick this past week and totally didn't have the normal healthy diet, in fact I think when you have a bad cold, your taste buds simply aren't the same. The thought of a salad was like an offer to go to Mars. But, cocoa with marshmallow fluff? Excellent idea. Sandwiches? Another great idea.
Nor, did I count things or obsess about them. Yes, not a day goes by, that I don't think about it, but the rigidity suggested in this article, I do not have even on a good week. I was much more rigid when I was taking the weight off.
True, I have more good weeks than bad ones. And, most weeks I weigh myself regularly during the week. And most weeks I am a faithful daily exercisr. But, every week, I weigh myself in the Witness Protection Program. That's about the only thing that is non-negotiable.
I am much more flexible about food choices than those folks in the article. In fact, everything else has much more flexibility and I would not describe my 5 and half years of successful weight maintenance in as severe terms as in this article.
Yes, it is a constant daily problem to solve. But, I don't solve it the same way every day.
In fact, this week, I probably didn't solve it at all.