Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday Five Link Up & 5 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Weight Loss!

Welcome, welcome to the Friday Five!  Each week you can link up your Friday 5 post with us!  Already write a post of 5 things on Friday such as 5 on a Friday, High 5 for Friday etc?  Perfect!  Just link it up here.  And in you didn't know, Friday 5 post can be any theme, as long as it's a list of 5!

Today's guest Friday Five comes from Kelly, who writes the blog A Lovely Life, Indeed.

5 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Weight

Maintenance is the holy grail of weight loss. 

Having lost and gained hundreds of pounds throughout my life, I am one of those people who can usually lose weight. But keeping it off? Well, that's another story. 

I routinely fall off my own wagon, but it doesn't mean I don't know how to drive. I do know that there are certain habits of success that make maintenance an achievable goal. 

Here are 5.

1. Plan
When you know better, you do better. Knowing your nutritional plan for the day, or even the week, removes the guess work. Your choices are made; make good ones. 

2. Be accountable
Whether you use a paper and pencil or an app like My Fitness Pal or Spark People, track your food. You may not have to do it forever, but knowledge is power. That handful of nuts you grab while cooking may have more of a caloric punch than your anticipated. Know what you're eating. Acknowledge it. Own it.

3. Build community. 
I am so blessed to be part of my local gym community. The instructors, trainers and members of my gym are incredibly knowledgeable and supportive. We are all working toward a common goal. When we miss a class or haven't been seen in a while, we check in on each other. We are connected in person and on social media, like Facebook. We encourage each other and celebrate each other's success. 

Create a community of friends who share your fitness goals. Try a new class. Introduce yourself. If you're not a gym person, see if there's a local fitness club or class offered at a community center or local park. Check out Maybe there people who like the exercise you do and are eager to find others who share that fun.

4. Discern between hunger and appetite.
I often mistake hunger and appetite. Hunger is a physical need to eat. Appetite is an emotional desire to eat...also known as head hunger.

I often eat when I am probably thirsty. 

I eat when I'm bored or watching tv.

Tune in to your body. It's normal to get hungry every 3-4 hours. Grazing all day...not so much.

Looking for alternatives to snacking? Start here. 

5. Get back on the wagon.
We all make mistakes. Eating candy after breakfast or in the middle of the day does not mean you have to start over tomorrow. Acknowledge the bad choice and turn it around. Get back up on the wagon and move forward.Take the emotion and shame out of it. Eat to live. 

 What are your tips for maintaining a healthy weight?

Thanks for the great tips Kelly!  Be sure to check out the original post, which is full of more inspirational pictures and her blog at: A Lovely Life, Indeed.

And now it's your turn!  Do you have a Friday Five post to share?  Link it up below!  And then be sure to check out some others in the link up & leave them a nice Friday comment!!

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the feature on today's Friday 5 Linkup! :-) Have a great weekend!


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