On Maintenance

Before I get into maintenance, I have something exciting to share.

Last year for Valentine’s Day, Wil bought me a beautiful work dress from Ann Taylor – something nicer than I’d ever buy for myself. It was a size 8, and while I loved the way it looked on the hanger, it did not fit at all in a way that it would be appropriate to wear the office. I tucked it away in the back of my closet, dubbing it my “goal dress,” but unsure if ever the day would come where I could actually wear the dress and look decent in it.

Fast forward to yesterday, and as I was wandering around my apartment getting ready, I spotted the dress tucked away behind several other dresses. I hadn’t tried the dress on since I got it last year and realized I should give it a whirl just to see. As I slipped it on and (awkwardly) zipped it up, I almost shrieked with excitement. It fits!

Me in my goal dress

And I’ve decided I’ll definitely never have a career in modeling…


Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk maintenance. So far, it’s going really great! I explained the way maintenance works on Weight Watchers in this post in case you’re unfamiliar, but basically its exactly the same as the regular program, except you get 6 extra pointsplus per day.

My goal weight is 164, which I picked only because its the top of the range for a healthy weight for my height. This means I have to stay between 162 and 166 for six weeks, and then I get to have the highly coveted status of Lifetime Member. Once I’m Lifetime, I’d like to lose a few more pounds and get between 155 and 160 (I think), but I won’t be in a rush to get there.

My first time hitting goal, I weighed in at 162.6, so 1.4 under goal.

After one week on maintenance I weighed in at 162.0, so down .6.

After week two of maintenance (yesterday morning), I weighed in at 161.8, so I put my greek yogurt on the scale, stepped back on, and was 162.0. No joke.

So I guess you can say maintenance is going quite well.

What have I been doing differently?

Not much to be honest! I’ve been eating slightly bigger breakfasts and lunches, usually having around 15-20 pts+ total during the day before I leave work. I’ve been sticking to 35 pts+ a day, and I am LOVING that. It feels like a lot to be eating, and I kind of wish I had realized that I could up my points to 35 each day while I was losing, and then still have 19 extra weekly points to work with. I haven’t felt deprived at all and have made room for a treat every single day, usually in the form of dark chocolate, frozen yogurt, or gelato.

I took the weekend at Fitbloggin’ off from counting points just because it was hard to do when I wasn’t cooking, and I got home weighing about the same, so I consider that a success.

I’ll keep you all posted as I finish out the next four weeks on maintenance, but so far, so good!

Do you tend to keep clothes that are too big or too small for you, or do you get rid of them right away? When I was losing weight, I got rid of clothes immediately when they were too big, but I did hold onto the clothes that were too small as I regained the weight the second time. It was good to have those clothes because I felt like I had something to work towards, but I know some people don’t like to have anything in the house that’s too small for them.

50 Comments on On Maintenance

  1. L.G.
    May 27, 2011 at 8:38 am (9 years ago)

    I am 1.6 lbs away from goal. I JUST went through my closet to get rid of clothes that are too big (mostly because I am moving, and don’t want to take them with me), but like you suggested in an earlier post I am keeping a pair of “fat pants”.
    I also kept clothes that were too small as goals. During my weight loss journey. I hung a pair of “skinny pants” on my closet door as a motivation! 🙂
    Glad to hear maintenance is going well! I am only a few weeks away! 🙂

  2. SuzyQ
    May 27, 2011 at 8:49 am (9 years ago)

    I kind of love that you weighed your yogurt. I, too, have the “goal dress” hanging up on my closet door – it’s the bridesmaid’s dress for my friend’s wedding in August. 🙂

    Way to hit that goal weight!


  3. Lisa @ lisalettinggo
    May 27, 2011 at 8:51 am (9 years ago)

    The dress looks great! I love going “shopping” in my own closet 😉 best feeling in the world!

  4. beyondbananas
    May 27, 2011 at 8:57 am (9 years ago)

    So happy that your maintenece seems to be going great for you!!! You should be so proud of all that you have done! You look absolutey stunning in that dress!!

    I keep all of my clothes.. to small.. too big. Most of the clothes that I wear.. especially my pants are too big on me. I have a few pairs that fit perfect.. but still wear some that are too big. I don’t know why I don’t get rid of them. I guess it is because it would greatly downsize my wardrobe..and I don’t have enough money to replace it alL!

  5. Amy @ Second City Randomness
    May 27, 2011 at 9:09 am (9 years ago)

    I keep a few things called “if I get the confidence and maybe tone a little more I’ll totally rock this” clothes. Some I actually have, too. So that makes me happy. 🙂

    It’s a cute dress!

  6. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    May 27, 2011 at 9:13 am (9 years ago)

    I have clothes that are too big, too small and fit just right. Every couple of weeks I get rid of tons of stuff when I realize I don’t wear it! I do tend to keep dresses and such, because even if I don’t wear them again, a friend or sister might need to borrow something for more special occasions.

    Beth you look fabulous! I love the print on that dress.

  7. Mary
    May 27, 2011 at 9:29 am (9 years ago)

    You look so good in that dress! I just called my co-worker over to check out your post. She’s been doing Weight Watchers, and she was equally impressed!

  8. Laurel
    May 27, 2011 at 9:34 am (9 years ago)

    super cute dress! I keep my too big clothing because I still fear I might need it someday. I don’t currently have too small stuff because I am at my smallest right now 🙂

  9. Victoria (District Chocoholic)
    May 27, 2011 at 9:41 am (9 years ago)

    That dress looks awesome on you. You must be so pumped to be in single-digit clothing sizes! My size hasn’t varied too much – basically 4-8 with a very short time at 10 thrown in there – since I was 13. But, since I’m at the lower end now, I put all my 8s in storage to clear out closet space.

    Glad you are doing well with maintenance – it can be hard. Keep it up!

  10. Katy Widrick
    May 27, 2011 at 10:08 am (9 years ago)

    Not only does it fit — it looks freaking FABULOUS!

    I’m excited to read more about your maintenance and lifetime journeys…

    I made it to maintenance and lifetime about 2 years ago — stayed there for a while but then started creeping up when I started doing more strength training.

    It’s hard for me because I would not be at my Lifetime goal if I went back, and I actually wouldn’t even be in my “healthy” weight range.

  11. Laurie
    May 27, 2011 at 10:09 am (9 years ago)

    You. Look. Hot!!!

  12. Anna
    May 27, 2011 at 10:16 am (9 years ago)

    I love the dress and you look great!

    I have a variety of clothes that are too small for me now but I either used to wear and would love to wear again or I found on a really good deal and hope to wear. I am motivated to focus more on my health this summer now that my student teaching is finished and my only current commitment is finding a job. Oh, and I tried on a pair of jeans that were too small for at least a year this morning and they fit perfectly! So glad that I kept them around ^_^

  13. DefineDiana
    May 27, 2011 at 10:19 am (9 years ago)

    I definitely have a goal dress. It bought it in October and it is Vintage. I can currently fit into to it, but not in a way that I would like to wear out of the house. It’s so exciting you are wearing your final goal dress! You’re amazing!

  14. Michelle
    May 27, 2011 at 10:21 am (9 years ago)

    Congratulations! That’s awesome!!!!

  15. Gwen
    May 27, 2011 at 10:22 am (9 years ago)

    So amazing. Way to go Beth! You have worked hard and earned this lady! The confidence is shining through! xo

  16. A Girl Who Loves Cupcakes
    May 27, 2011 at 10:23 am (9 years ago)

    That dress looks fantastic on you! Congratulations!

    I have a goal weight in mind, but I am ultimately hoping I can go beyond that so I am just keeping both to myself and seeing where this journey takes me.

  17. Liz
    May 27, 2011 at 10:30 am (9 years ago)

    You look gorgeous Beth!

  18. Nina
    May 27, 2011 at 10:36 am (9 years ago)

    The dress looks great on you. You go girl. Wil has nice taste. Hats off to him on the dress. You guys enjoy your Memorial weekend!

  19. Latina Barbi
    May 27, 2011 at 10:39 am (9 years ago)

    You’re right!! Looks like I have a weekend project to rid of my size 16’s!! MUAH!

  20. Linda @ Lemons
    May 27, 2011 at 10:50 am (9 years ago)

    You look fantastic in that dress! Congratulations, you must feel great. And I have to say I think it is wonderful that you are so open about your weight. I was commenting to a friend the other day that women are so secretive about their weights, and I think that is why we all think we weigh too much. I think everyone weighs 125, no matter their height or size, and that is ridiculous! I especially like watching the women on the Biggest Loser and seeing their weights, which is what real women weigh and they look phenomenal. We should all be more open about our weight, and maybe the young girls in our society won’t feel so much pressure to keep getting thinner.

  21. Ashley
    May 27, 2011 at 11:10 am (9 years ago)

    your dress it so cute! Congratulations. You look fantastic!

  22. happywhennothungry
    May 27, 2011 at 11:14 am (9 years ago)

    My weight has tended to stay the same since high school. I did gain freshman 15, but lost it all that following summer. That was the biggest I’ve ever been, so all those clothes got donated to charity. I didn’t want to see them again! That’s awesome that you fit in your dress now too!!!

  23. Jill
    May 27, 2011 at 11:29 am (9 years ago)

    You look great in the dress!! How exciting!!


  24. Elisabeth
    May 27, 2011 at 11:45 am (9 years ago)

    Adorable dress! Love it!

  25. Heather
    May 27, 2011 at 12:02 pm (9 years ago)

    What a beautiful dress! Congrats!

  26. Danielle @ weightsandmeasures
    May 27, 2011 at 12:30 pm (9 years ago)

    I get rid of my clothes as I lose weight. Holding on to them is like holding on to the past. I am all about moving forward on this journey.

  27. Carly D. @ CarlyBananas
    May 27, 2011 at 12:37 pm (9 years ago)

    You look gorgeous Beth!! Congrats 🙂

  28. Lisa
    May 27, 2011 at 1:08 pm (9 years ago)

    You look wonderful! I love the dress too. 🙂

  29. Jennifer
    May 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm (9 years ago)

    You are rockin the goal dress!!! I’m so excited for you.

  30. greensandjeans
    May 27, 2011 at 4:03 pm (9 years ago)

    You look amazing Beth! And well done to your man for picking out that cute little number!

  31. Ang
    May 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm (9 years ago)

    You look so amazing in your goal dress! 🙂

    I keep a lot of small clothes unless they are just ridiculously small and I know I’ll never get there again and be healthy. I usually keep a few items that are a bit loose but wearable just in case I’m bloated or something.

  32. Leticia
    May 27, 2011 at 4:38 pm (9 years ago)

    looks great!

    question: how tall are you?

    • Beth
      May 27, 2011 at 4:41 pm (9 years ago)

      I’m 5’8 even though I know I look super short in that photo! =)

  33. Emily
    May 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm (9 years ago)

    I just got rid of some of my clothes that were too big. It was kind of hard, because it really meant that I had no “back up” but it felt really good at the same time. I do keep clothes that are too small though because fitting back into them is wonderful 🙂

  34. Amy landoffluff
    May 27, 2011 at 6:31 pm (9 years ago)

    Congrats on making it to the maintenance phase! You looked wonderful in your goal dress!
    To answer your questions about clothes, “what do I do about them once I have outgrown them”.
    1) sometimes I have gotten rod of them immediately (if I still had a smaller size in my closet)
    2) orher items Like PJ’s u held onto until I could not keep them up -literally! So I broke down & bought 1replacement pair until I could get to the next sizes
    3) my exercise pants I have sewn up & made much smaller. Trying to make due until I hit one more size down (I could not afford to buy new at every size- I have lost 47.5 pounds & have 53 pounds left to go)

  35. Sue Klein
    May 27, 2011 at 7:21 pm (9 years ago)

    You look amazing in the dress !!!



  36. Mary Frances
    May 28, 2011 at 3:33 pm (9 years ago)

    You look great in your dress!

    I tend to give my clothes to Goodwill as soon as they get too big…and I won’t let myself buy new clothes in a larger size if I put on a few pounds and find my old clothes getting t0o snug (:

  37. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
    May 30, 2011 at 6:31 am (9 years ago)

    Maintenance is SUCH a challenge so I’m so proud of you and how well its going. awesome! You look great in that dress too. 🙂

  38. Jacqui
    May 31, 2011 at 8:05 am (9 years ago)

    Great job getting to goal! That dress is really nice – he has good taste. BTW, can you provide link to the Health salad you made a few months back? Can’t find my copy and it’s not on your top recipes. Thanks so much.

  39. Jenn@slim-shoppin
    May 31, 2011 at 1:40 pm (9 years ago)

    Great job on the dress – it looks great on you!

    I get rid of clothes too big, but hang on to smaller clothes – for that one day!

  40. Ashley
    June 1, 2011 at 7:08 am (9 years ago)

    I just started losing weight for the first time in years. I started a workout program in January called Turbo Fire. It was poor timing because I FINALLY got my professional wardrobe for hanukkah this year in december. and now none of it fits quite right. I actually look heavier when I go to work. Which is a bummer. I keep telling myself I am going to learn to alter them. I took a sewing class and learned to make a skirt – but that seems far easier than actually making my clothes smaller.

    As for keeping clothes that are too small? NO! I didn’t and now I regret it. I had one shirt in particular that I had forever – that was way too small but would probably look great now.

    p.s. you look fabulous in that dress! and were definitely meant to be a model 😉

  41. Leah
    June 1, 2011 at 12:16 pm (9 years ago)

    You look amazing! continue to revel in your accomplishments – you deserve it! =)

  42. linzlikewhoa
    June 6, 2011 at 9:00 am (9 years ago)

    Fabulous dress! Congratulations lady!


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