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We caught up with June after reaching her goal to see how she's getting on maintaining her weight.

How easy are you finding it to maintain your weight?

I had a different mind set when losing weight this time - I wasn't in this just for the diet period, I was in it forever, and fortunately that mindset is still in place. I love being slim, and much prefer the person I've become so I don't find it a problem to constantly monitor my weight. I am now a "normal" person who is aware that what I eat today will have consequences tomorrow!

How often do you weigh yourself? Do you still record this in your Weight Tracker?

I still weigh in every Monday - it's the only way I feel I can stay in control. I put weight on very easily so this way I can prevent those pounds piling back on. I don't use the Tracker as long as I stay under target.

How much does your maintenance weight fluctuate by? What do you do if you've gained a few pounds?

My target weight was 10 stone, but my preferred weight is 9.9lbs, so I try to stay between the two. Since reaching target, I've only gone above 10 stone twice which I really hated. If I weigh-in above 9.9, I restrict my allowance back to 1200 calories a day, and that quickly puts me back on track.

What are your 3 top tips for someone who has just hit their goal?

  1. Reaching target is not the end of your journey! It's a great place to be, but if you want to stay there, you have to earn it. Don't be a yo-yo dieter - stay with it.
  2. Give yourself time to adjust - it's quite scary suddenly having all those extra calories. Increase them gradually until you find the optimum amount for you to maintain.
  3. Stay positive - maintaining isn't as exciting as losing, and that can be disheartening so keep reminding yourself of how far you've come, how much healthier you are and how much better you look - I still love mirrors!

How confident do you feel that you will be able to maintain your new weight for life?

I am nervous about maintaining - my past history proves I'm right to be! However, I do feel I have the right strategies and tools now, and a determination I've never had before. I've maintained for two years now, so I must be on the right track! Ask me again in 2025!

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