How To Keep The Weight Off

January 8, 2014

Yesterday I had the fun of joining Amelia, Roni, Liz and Tina in a Google Hangout chat about weight loss.

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In our hangout we talk about…

-Our turning points in weight loss when we finally decided to make a lifestyle change for good.

-How we were able to change our perspective about dieting and food to be successful.

-Habits we have now that we never did consistently before.

-Tips for keeping the weight off long term.

Hope you’ll check it out! And please share your own answers to the questions below. We would love to hear them!

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1 Anna @ On Anna's Plate January 8, 2014 at 8:20 am

Cool! I’ll have to listen to this when the toddler is napping. Do you ever think about doing a weight loss Q&A podcast? I LOVE Roni’s– listen to it all the time on walks!

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2 KathEats January 8, 2014 at 12:43 pm

I definitely could. I love Roni’s too!

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3 Leah January 9, 2014 at 4:47 pm

I tried searching for Roni’s today but couldn’t find it. What is her podcast called? And PS Roni’s voice sounds like Jennifer Lawrence!

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4 Ali @ Peaches and Football January 8, 2014 at 8:27 am

Great timing for this post! I lost a good amount of weight last year but it seems to already be creeping back – and I have even more I want to lose this year! I am excited for any ideas/tips that can help maintain, because that’s got to be my minimum goal at this point. The yo-yo weight is just a terrible place to be in.

Off to check out the video – and I see you’re talking in it too!! :-)

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5 Pamela January 8, 2014 at 11:34 am

This is so so interesting to me! I feel like this is exactly what happened in my life. Which is when I decided to go to school and become an RD. Love this post and all your health info posts! Keeps my knowledge fresh :)

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6 Madison January 8, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Awesome advice! :)

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7 Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 8, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Interesting! Thanks for sharing :)

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8 Nicole January 8, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Oof, I don’t have time to watch a 41 minute video. Maybe next time you could chapter it into 5 minute chunks.

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9 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! January 8, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Great video! I have never been in a weightloss situation but it was great hearing everyone’s personal experience with it! You all are very helpful ladies!

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10 Kavi January 8, 2014 at 2:38 pm

I listened to this on the train to work this morning, and I really enjoyed it! It was nice to hear the different stories and experiences of all the contributors. For me, the take home message was that long-term weight loss/maintenance is about making changes you can live with and follow consistently.

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11 @Simple Green Moms January 8, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Thanks for sharing! =) definitely some good advice for people!!

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12 Estela @ Weekly Bite January 8, 2014 at 3:35 pm

This is great! Can’t wait to listen when the kids are napping! :)

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13 Tina January 8, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Manage to loose around 20 pounds 3 years ago, and after a few 7 pounds up and down I’m sort of stuck with my certain weight, the turning point was when I couldn’t fit into my trousers any more (the largest in my closet).

The annoying thing is, I do know my problem times, like having a bit of chocolate in the evening, a few nuts and so on – all I can stop when I’m travelling and I always loose lots of weight even with good food on the road.

And the lack of sport, any hints how to get into the whole sport mode?

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14 KathEats January 8, 2014 at 7:25 pm

What about trying a new class with a friend? Or joining a friend in something he/she already likes?

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15 Ella P January 9, 2014 at 8:53 am

Kath’s suggestion is very wise.
Tina, sport is nicely addictive. You just need to identify your type of sport, try it out, start and you’ll be hooked & happy forever after :)

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16 Katherine January 8, 2014 at 6:37 pm
17 ClevelandJoe @ The Frolicking Fells January 8, 2014 at 9:56 pm

I decided to make a concerted effort to start losing weight on January 1, 2012. My wife and I were having disagreements about my health all the time, and while I knew deep down that I needed to start losing weight, I used to become incredibly defensive when anyone would question how much I ate at meals. I’ll never forget when we went to Applebee’s and I ate an entire plate of nachos because I was stressed out about a law school final that was supposed to be easy but actually was hard. (Turns out I got an A in the class.) My pastor recommended MyFitnessPal and gently nudged me along the path to realize that I needed to do something about my weight.

I changed my perspective once I realized that eating healthy didn’t mean that I would be eating microscopic portions of tasteless food all the time and once I began to see the weight melt away. Having more energy was nice. I used to have a lot of knee pain bc I was so obese, and it was nice to be able to go out and stand up for prolonged periods of time without being in pain. I also changed my perspective when I realized that the issues that led to my being obese went deeper than simply being hungry.

I never used to scoop out a portion of a snack into a cup and leave the bag in the kitchen while watching a football game – I do that so I don’t overeat. In the old days I’d bring the whole thing in and wonder where it went 3 hours later! I also carry around a water bottle with me at all times so that I can stay hydrated and so that I always have something healthy to drink.

To keep weight off long term, develop sustainable healthy eating habits and a culture of health and wellness. Plans like Jenny Craig and NutriSystem are bad because they tell you what to do and take away the ability to learn to make healthy food choices on your own. They may help you lose weight fast, but you’ll put it right back on again after you’re off the plan because you never had the chance to learn how to pick healthy foods and make choices that will keep your calorie intake low. Another way to keep weight off long term is to celebrate your accomplishments – you’ll feel great when you treat yourself to something when you reach your goal weight and you’ll want to do it again! Bringing folks into your weight loss journey who will encourage you and who are willing to give you a lil’ nudge in the right direction when they see you slipping back into bad habits is also essential!

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18 KathEats January 9, 2014 at 6:34 am

Thanks for sharing!

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19 Lisa @bitesforbabies January 9, 2014 at 7:30 am

Great post!! Weight loss isn;’t dieting it’s about a lifestyle change! It’s funny because when I was in my 20′s I dieted and watched everything I ate…and I was still on the heavier side! I didn’t know HOW to eat! Now, in my mid 30′s, I eat everything, don’t count calories or fat, exercise daily, and I’m in the best shape I’ve EVER been?!!!

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20 Alice Phillips January 16, 2014 at 10:33 am

I have downloaded this video to my laptop so I can watch it at my leisure (i.e. when hubby is otherwise occupied with a game or tv show hehehe). I have been struggling to lose about 30kg for years now and so I hope some of the things in the video will help. Thanks for sharing it.

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