#Journey2FatLoss Maintenance Phase- Old habits and your mind
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I haven’t gained any weight during the five weeks that I have been doing Phase III: Maintenance in Lifetime Fat Loss Center’s program. I wasn’t expecting to lose weight though; Coach Ben told me that he’d be happy if I stayed the same or lost weight during this part of the program.

There are two major differences between this phase of the program and the Fat Loss Phase of the program:

1. I can workout again!!

2. Because I can workout again I am consuming more calories.

I’ll be honest the first week of Maintenance was rough. It wasn’t because I had to refrain from anything; it was challenging because I had this old mentality of “Yay! I can eat all the food!!!” That’s not how it works at all. Everything remains the same as far as my diet goes: no dairy, low glycemic index food, no starchy carbs, sugar free, gluten free, etc. The list could go on and on but you get what I’m saying, right? Clean eating.

My old habits are still my biggest enemy.

We went to my parents’ house for the Fourth of July and from there we traveled down to St. Louis, did the tourist thing for a few days and then drove back up to Iowa City where Laura and her family live. I don’t know about you but whenever I’m around my family I get this (almost uncontrollable) urge to binge eat. It doesn’t matter the time of day, it doesn’t even matter what food is around; when I’m with the family I grew up with I fall back into old habits. It’s not even because they aren’t encouraging me to stay the course and continue on the path I’m going on. My parents and sister are more than encouraging in my fat loss journey. My mom is so supportive; she struggles with weight too and has been completely transparent with me. Everyone around me is completely supportive of what I’m trying to do. And that’s all the more reason why this past month has been so difficult.

It’s so hard to keep in mind what the long term goal is and that my friends is why losing weight is so challenging. That’s why it’s so hard to keep the weight off once you lose it. You don’t have to be held hostage by your old habits though. You do have power over your cravings and you have the power to overcome them.

After the first two weeks of Maintenance I got into a routine and things were good. Workout, eat clean, sleep, repeat. And then vacation came. While we were in St. Louis I decided that everyday I would do my best to eat clean and control what I was consuming, however, it was vacation so when we experienced some St. Louis treats I too experienced them. That meant a small cup at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. That meant chicken fingers and fries at Hodak’s. And you know what? While they were worth it, it showed me that I’m really not missing out on much!

Am I missing out on convenience? Yes. 100 percent I’m missing out on the convenience of fast food, eating the kids’ lunches that consist of PB&J sandwiches and chips. Eating clean takes longer. It requires a plan every day. And every day I fail to plan is a day that I struggle.

Oh and the genetics test? Yeah I’ll get to that next time. I promise.

Do you fall into old habits when you’re around family or friends? What about vacation?

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Bert Anderson is a blogger and social media manager mom of three living outside of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. She’s the author behind the blog First Time Mom, where she honestly chronicles the peaks and valleys of parenting. Even though she has more than one child, Bert maintains that whether you have one child or 19, there’s a first time for everything. She’s a lover of coffee, conversations, pop culture, healthy living and fitness.

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