M is for Maintenance

Losing the weight, I’m told, is easy.  Keeping the weight off is said to be the harder challenge.  Empirically, I see evidence of this each time a new room of participants is introduced.  “Hi, I’m Bob.  I did this program 5 years ago, and it works… but I’ve gained it all back.”  This frightens me.  It’s like walking up the down escalator.  If you stop moving or slow down, you’ll be back at square one before you know it.

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I’m losing weight, but I don’t want to be on meal replacements for the rest of my life.  It’s better meal replacements than insulin, I suppose, but still…

UAMS offers a program they call Maintenance, which is an supplementary 12-week program that you can enter (and cycle through as many times as you like) that helps you transition from life on meal replacements to life on “real” food.  Taught by the same dietitians who teach the 16-week classes, Maintenance classes involve activities such as a trip to the grocery store and “dine out with a dietitian.”  To get into Maintenance, you have to be within 5-10% of your goal weight, released by the doctor, and have attended each of the 16 weekly classes at least once.

Have you lost and then regained weight before?

Have you tried a maintenance program?

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7 thoughts on “M is for Maintenance

  1. Katie says:

    I too have lost weight on numerous plans. The most on one was right before I got pregnant with my oldest son. I dropped from 249 to 165. I did it with what was basically a diabetic diet. We counted diabetic exchanges. I started around 2000 calories and gradually got down to 1200 calories a day. I maintained for about 3 months, then I got pregnant. I gained 17 pounds during that pregnancy (I was SOOO careful). But after I had him, PPD hit me BAD and I ate everything and was back over 200 pounds in just a few months. I’ve yo-yo’d ever since. I think many of us totally KNOW how to lose the weight and are capable – we just end up depressed or lazy and forget how important that has been to us. You’ve really made me kick myself back into gear the last few weeks. I need a bit more determination and you’ve given me a push that direction.

  2. Sarah Bibles says:

    YES! Lost, gained, lost, gained. Here’s my history:
    Age 16 – 165lbs
    Age 19 – 185lbs (the college 20)
    Age 20 – 215lbs (the college way too many)
    Age 21 – 170lbs (adipex)
    Age 23 – 270 lbs (crazy, right? Thanks to World of Warcraft HA)
    Age 24 – 200 lbs (diet + exercise). Married at 220, Pregnant at 250
    Age 25 – 270 lbs (had my son, highest weight during pregnant-330lbs)

    Since I’ve had my son (2009), I’ve been anywhere from 260-300 up and down.

    I just turned 29 last week and I was 301 lbs at my first weigh-in – my highest non-pregnant weight EVER.

    INSANE. I want SO badly to be below the 200 mark again….

  3. Claibanne says:

    Age 22 – 165lbs
    Age 23 – 113lbs
    Age 26 – 199lbs
    Age 42 – 274lbs
    Age 42 – 218lbs

    I’ve recently gotten off track and it is HARD to get back on track!!! It’s all in my head. I need motivation to get back on track with the program and exercise. I’m running around with the wrong crowd again. Not focussing on what’s important to me, but having fun with them and eating, sitting, and not exercising. We all have good “intentions” but it never seems to work out that way. AHHHH-AAAAHH!!! (screaming in frustration…)

  4. tracey campbell says:

    The gaining back, that is the scary part of any program. It takes so long for me to lose weight, I just feel like I throw all the work out the window when I gain any of it back, then I do the “free for all.” I have told myself this time, not doing it. I am going to do the mainenance program, I have my husband on board with me-he really doesn’t want me to go through it again.

  5. […] we leave the program with the tools to make better choices.  I’ve already written about the maintenance program that’s available to help with keeping the weight […]

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