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Maintenance...A Lifestyle for a lifetime!

Friday, August 24, 2018

For the up coming weeks while DH goes through Radiation and Chemo, I'll be making sure that I have travel foods with me. Usually, if I eat a good breakfast I don't get hungry throughout the day. DH's appts. seem to be after 1pm, so I won't be eating lunch here at home. I will be making sure to eat a good breakfast. It takes an hour to get to his appts., which is stressful enough.My knee doesn't like being bent (as in sitting in the car) for long periods. It is going to be a challenge just to be able to walk once I get there. On the way home, we'll either stop somewhere where I can get a salad or I'll just eat when I get home, whatever hour that will be (that's where menus will come in handy) . It will be quite the challenge to have "me" time and to eat according to my lifestyle. I love maintenance, but it is a lot of work for me.

To continue this Lifestyle, I need to make some changes so I won't revert back to the "easy way" (lazy way). My new lifestyle requires me to cook the majority of my meals and snacks. I have many recipes that I can make and freeze. I stay away from processed foods. This week, I am starting back to weekly menu planning, so that I know just what to eat when I just "don't feel like it!" Menus help me keep track of daily Net Carbs with a visual, instead of keeping it in my head (which sometimes I don't remember).

My sister is also on a weight loss journey. We encourage and motivate each other. We share recipes and try to change them according to our lifestyle. She still has a ways to go, so I am here to give her tips on what she can do to beat those plateaus or the weight gain and to cheer her when she loses weight. I cannot just suggest things without doing them myself.

This has been a lifestyle change for me. One that must be adhered to. I chose this lifestyle and I feel that I can continue in maintenance without gaining it all back. I will be striving to make sure my new lifestyle is for a lifetime.

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    Hang in there! You are a VERY strong woman and will manage this!
    863 days ago
  • YICHE12
    Nola, you've got this! Prayers that all goes well with your hubby's treatment. Hugs. Lise

    863 days ago
    emoticon You'll avoid so much extra salt, fat and transfats by cooking your own food. I'm big on making big vegetable soups on the weekend in my Instapot.
    875 days ago
    I'm very impressed that you are taking the time to plan for success during this stressful time. I'm sending thoughts and prayers your way as you and hubby navigate this difficult time.
    875 days ago
    You know what's ahead of you, you're committed to maintaining your healthy habits (lifestyle) and you have a plan to do just that …

    Keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers as you tackle the challenges ahead of you. emoticon
    876 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    876 days ago
    good luck and I hope all goes well

    877 days ago
    Sounds like a difficult period of life is coming your way,
    and you have good plans to mitigate stress and keep up your healthy lifestyle.
    The menus with visuals must be very helpful.
    Take good care of yourself!

    A few years ago I had an extremely 6-week period when I was on the road, in and out of hospitals almost every day- luckily for inspections at work, not for the health of family or my own.
    I realized the exceptional challenges, and just focused on the inspection, on eating well, getting my sleep and exercise in - everything else had to go.
    I informed my co-workers and my family that I can't do anything more, they are on their own - and that helped me get through with surprisingly little stress and conflict.
    877 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/25/2018 4:13:17 AM

    Kiddo, I know you and I also know that you have this already!!! When I was in maintenance, a long time ago, it was harder for me to be in maintenance than just regularly trying to lose weight. You've got this young lady!!! You've come so far and with you encouraging your sister and not giving her something that you have not already tried, is wonderful!!! That means you can speak from personal experience and give her suggestions accordingly.

    Your knee will only get better with time even though it may give you fits with all the driving that you will be doing for your DH. How many times a week will you have to make that trip? It's good that you already know to prepare your food ahead of time to keep you on track. Girl, you got this THANG!!!


    - Nancy Jean -

    877 days ago
    wishing you both strength during this challenging time.

    I'm glad you have your sister to keep you motivated.

    877 days ago
    Love and prayers for both of you as you travel this new journey!
    877 days ago
    Wishing you good luck on your travels for hubby;s appointments and hope he has no after effects., And meal planning is a good thing.
    877 days ago
    you've got this!
    877 days ago
    First of all, good luck to your DH w/his treatments. And hugs and blessings to you both.

    I think big batch cooking when you can is my salvation. I am going to have my l eft knee replaced on 12 September and have started packing the freezer. It helps.

    Maintenance is definitely a lifestyle that you have to work on daily! but it's worth it.
    877 days ago
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