Thanks for starting this thread, MnM. I too was surprised that we didn’t have a dedicated maintainers’ thread and often thought about starting one myself but as a relative “maintenance newbie” (23 weeks and counting) wasn’t sure it was my place, as we have many inspirational long-termers – yourself included – on this forum.
Allie, I am also finding maintenance more challenging than sticking to Fast800, at least we knew exactly where we were with that and what was and was not allowed!
In total I lost 50lbs, but was only aiming for 42lbs (after several downwards adjustments during my journey) so the last 8lbs were achieved, somewhat unexpectedly, during maintenance and are very much my “wriggle” room. Currently I have only 5 of those left as we are away for a few days celebrating our anniversary so have been rather lax.
My maintenance strategy has been to stick very much to BSD principles, stay fairly low carb (averaging 50 – 60g a day) but not being over-concerned about calories. Frankly, I have found that keeping low carb pretty much takes care of the calories too!
I do still weigh daily and if I put on more than 2 – 3lbs I throw in an 800 day or two, or do a water only fast ( longest so far was 49 hours, which led to an immediate loss of 4lbs, with another 3lbs dropping off in the subsequent few days)
Mostly I still only have 2 meals a day (late breakfast 11am and dinner 6pm) eaten within an 8 hour window, but I’m certainly not fanatical about that. We eat out and entertain a lot (2 – 3 times per week) and then dinner is generally much later at about 8.30pm.
Yesterday in the hotel I “mindfully” ate a croissant and a Danish at breakfast, along with a 3 egg bacon and cheese omelette (which o/h had to finish) and my usual natural yoghurt with nuts. That was the first time since I started BSD that I’d eaten such things as the pastries and, whilst I enjoyed them, I cannot see me rushing back for more. Certainly wasn’t tempted by them this morning!
I think we all have to find our own way in maintenance – we all have different bodies, likes and dislikes and lifestyles after all, but it is so encouraging and helpful to hear how everyone else is doing and to glean a few tips and gain fresh insight. And it is wonderful to have the support and encouragement of others who really understand and have “been there, done that” when we falter.
I really hope some of the long-term maintainers will be tempted in, and look forward to welcoming lots of new ones too. Really looking forward to welcoming my January 17 buddy, ClarinetCathy soon as she is within touching distance – come on in CC, the water’s warm😃