Maintenance – I made it, now what?
Maintenance – A milestone that may have never seemed achievable until now. You did it, way to go! You’ve collapsed that hungry fat mass and now are part of the 95% who have reached their Optimal Weight with PHD. But now what?
Maintenance is a process in which mastery never ends. Every week during the weight loss phase, we have been preparing you for successful maintenance, however, we haven’t practiced it yet. And it takes A LOT of practice. Keeping the weight off will take some time to get used to before it becomes your new “natural” state. Here are some tips to help you transition easily as you slowly become more comfortable with your “new” self.
- Stay consistent and precise.
Just because you have reached your Optimal Weight, does not mean you can go back to your old eating habits. We have worked far too hard on changing those bad habits into better ones to fit your new lifestyle. You will continue to eat the same way you have been while you were dropping the fat mass. The only difference is that you will gradually add back foods that may not have been a part of the plan before. You will also continue to follow your current walking/exercise routine. Remember to keep a food journal and track what you eat to see how it affects your body over time.
- Have a plan.
“Failing to plan is planning to fail” as you may have heard. Start by planning your week in advance. Having a set plan and routine can help limit mistakes. It can also help mitigate stress throughout the week. Plus, you are more likely to stick to your plan if it is already written out.
- Slip ups happen.
As you continue to go on trips for business or pleasure, go to parties, events, and participate in holiday festivities – an abundance of food will always be available. The same ideas and plans you used during your fat loss phase should be implemented during your maintenance phase. If you do decide to indulge into the “desserts”, that is O.K. You are confident and have the ability to get back on track without hindering all of your progress. You have practiced and mastered how to navigate through life’s events during the first phase of your journey to health. You are capable and you don’t have to be perfect.
- Participate in Monthly Maintenance Recovery Weigh Ins.
I saved the best for last, as this is the MOST IMPORTANT POINT. Remember that, for most of us who have dropped weight, we are dealing with addiction recovery. This is a process that takes constant awareness. Maintenance practice is the key to success which is why, at PHD, we offer free and continuous support once you have achieved your Optimal Weight. Let us help continue to guide and support you through the maize of what successful weight maintenance brings.
85% of our clients, who practice maintenance with us, maintain their Optimal Weight within a 3lb range. Maintenance is possible to achieve and can eventually become second nature if practiced on a daily basis. Lean on us – we are YOUR TEAM!
Fact: Dismantling habits takes patience.
Awareness Challenge this week: If a slip up has happened, it’s okay! Do not feel guilty or ashamed. This is apart of your learning process. Stand back up, dust your boots off and give yourself the life you DESERVE!!!
Tune in next time; we’ll talk about what is P.H.D?
In the meantime, if you’d like to know more about living a healthier lifestyle, reach out to us for our professional guidance and support. Give us a call!
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