Weigh-Ins are on MONDAYS - Updated July 3, 2017

Surgery Date: October 20, 2009:

Saturday, December 18, 2010

My Plan For Maintenance

First, thank you all for your congratulations messages on yesterday's post.  You guys are the best cheering section ever!

So here I am...moving into maintenance.  A strange thought indeed!

As I have always said, there is no "done" on this journey, just "now".

Maintenance Plan = Keep doing what I've always been doing these past 14 months.

This means:
  • Food: Keep track of my food intake, however increase the calorie count from about 1200 calories to about 1400 calories per day.  My surgeons office has this cool scale/scanner that showed recently I burn about 1300 calories a day to just exist (no exercise/etc).  I will have to play around with this calorie count a bit to see how it works out.
  • Exercise: Keep going to Zumba and Zumba Toning classes 3 times a week which is a total of 210 minutes of  "official" exercise per week, therefore, about an average of 30 minutes per day.  Plus the "extras" which include parking far away from stores in parking lots, taking the stairs at work, etc.  Plus the weekend power walks and the Wii.
  • Support: This includes:
    • Continuing to blog: Weekly Friday weigh-ins and blogging about all kinds of band related stuff
    • Supporting and learning from other bloggers (PS: there doesn't seem to be very many of us who talk about maintenance...??)
    • Attending my monthly support group for local bandsters
Any other tips for a successful transition to maintenance?

PS: I have also chosen my word for 2011.  But you'll have to wait until my next post to find out what that word is! :)


  1. Oh fantastic - you reached goal? I missed that one. A HUGE HUGE CONGRATS!! I dont think you will have trouble maintaining. It's really not as scary as it first seems :)

  2. Sorry - I missed it too, have now read your past few posts to catch up. Many, many congratulations!

  3. I think you have a great plan in place for maintenance! Congrats again!

  4. Again! Many congrats. Can't wait to see you show the world how successful you can be with maintenance mode now!

  5. Many congratulations on reaching goal-- you're a true inspiration!!

  6. Sounds fantastic!! I'm still so happy for you I can't stand it!

  7. your so awesome congratulations! your so inspiring i'm so happy for you!! you look incredibile.

  8. Congrats on reaching goal - and I like your maintenance plan - sure to be a success!

  9. wahooo...heck I can't give you any advice :) I am working on the same problem..I will read the advice as soon as I can on your place.


  10. I am still contemplating what my word will be... possibly - respect - next year will be about respecting my body and what I put in it! :)

  11. You are really making your way to a fat to fit club. Good thing gastric lap band really works for you with your disciplined diet and a courage to meet your goal. That's terrific!