Leanne Nalani











Chapter 5:

Maintenance

“Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.” – William Shakespeare

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The key to maintaining a healthy weight is… **drumroll**

Eating healthfully and exercising!

Does that make any dieters out there angry or annoyed? I had a hard time accepting it in years past. Every time someone enthusiastically asks me how I did it, I tell them the truth. They almost always respond with disappointment, saying something like, “Why can’t it just be easy?” This time around I have accepted it and embraced healthy eating and exercise with all my heart.

The truth is that being healthy involves a balance. Ever hear them say, “Everything in moderation?”

Many nights I eat pasta. Who says you can’t have it? Other nights I make BBQ burgers with turkey, chicken, or beef. I eat chocolate or ice cream for dessert. In moderation. It’s all about portions.

At home staples – I love Greek yogurt, oatmeal, cinnamon, fruit, chicken, turkey, beef, fish, sharp cheddar cheese, pistachios… I drink at least 64 ounces of water every day, log my food/workouts, walk my 8,000-10,000 steps, and do strength training and cardio 5 days a week.

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Perfection? Heeeeecks no! You’ll often read my post-weekend confessions because I still struggle with going out. I’m discovering that this is how the balance works for me. I may overeat unhealthy foods on weekends or at other times, so I compensate by slightly lowering my intake until I’m back at my maintenance weight. I rarely feel deprived because I usually get to eat the foods I love at some point or another. It works differently for everyone, but that is how I maintain my weight. I’m definitely still learning as I struggle with binging (I don’t purge) from time to time, but I’m getting better at learning to appreciate the foods I love in normal quantities.

This time it’s going to stick because I have the tools I need that I didn’t have before. I now think and behave differently. For anyone who is looking for some kind of self-help cognitive behavioral therapy for weight loss – I would recommend the Beck Diet Solution book and especially the workbook. It’s not a fad diet, it’s not even a diet. But it can be very helpful!

A final note – I wish every dieter out there luck with their weight loss endeavors. You can do it and you will reach your goals as long as you stick with it! Believe in yourself, do your homework, and stay motivated!

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Maintenance scares me. If weight came on quickly, it would be ok… but I know it sneaks on, and that’s what’s dangerous! One day, you’re 5 pounds heavier, then- before you know it- all the weight is back.
You’ll do great with maintenance. I think the key is just being as mindful of your diet/exercise as you were with weight loss! 🙂



That is exactly the key to maintenance! Funny how we just have to keep doing what we’ve been doing the whole time to lose weight. The only difference is that you increase calories, but not by too much.



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