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I am kind of at that point or at least close to it. I am only 2-3 lb. from my original goal but then I lowered it by 5 more pounds. I really want to get there. It is the weight I maintained throughout my late 20's to mid 40's. But now I am over 60 so is that realistic?
I am thrilled by my success so far and getting compliments, noticed etc. So should I stop now? Like the article said, I hit a major plateau around 30 lb. lost and have only recently started going down slowwwly since. Time to stop? Lots to consider....
The real question is can you keep eating the way you are now, because that pretty much is what it will take to maintain. I think a lot of us have a secret belief, secret even from ourselves, that at goal we can relax and it will be easier than the weight loss phase. In my experience, it's harder.
It's a very good idea to start thinking early about your maintenance, what you want for it, and how you plan to conduct it. I've said elsewhere that I'd noticed that I wasn't the size I expected to be as I neared my original goal weight of 130lbs which prompted me to investigate why. But, having learned that I was a morbidly obese by body fat level TOFI, I acted in line with her advice and planned that I would maintain my goal weight for 6 months or so, before deciding whether or not I could handle radically overhauling my body composition.
I've summarised the 12 Tough Rules from her book and put it in the maintenance section.
I shall bear these musings in mind while I tackle the holiday gain