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Thursday, December 1, 2011

What Dedication Means to Me

Maintenance is daunting to me, I don't know why. I tackled losing the weight with excitement and I felt so empowered to have found the Belly Fat Cure as a solution to my obesity. Some mornings I'd even wake up early just to weigh myself, then jump back in bed feeling thrilled at the result.

But maintenance scares me, to be honest. For me, it is a different animal all together. Can I do this? Do I have the strength to not give in to my food demons for the rest of my life? I need to follow my own advice, I know, and just take one meal and day at a time. But I wanted you all to know, this is hard. This is a journey. This is my life. And sometimes I am scared, even though I know that is wasted energy.

I made a little sign to help remind me of the choices that make me happy. It is not just about the number on the scale or the size I wear. This diet is about being a better, happier, healthier ME. Eating this way makes me FEEL better in so many ways. So here is what I want to remind myself:

I am off to something really exciting today, that I can tell you more about later. I will be thinking of all the readers of my blog and other dieters I've met on this journey today. You all motivate me and help keep me true, and I hope I do the same for you as well.


  1. Thank you for your honesty Amber. I'm already thinking about these principals-and I have 'miles' before I'm there.
    We'll be waiting for your news...tell us all about it!

  2. Amber, I am so with you here girl! We can do maintenance in the same way that we did the loss on the way down, with a little help from our friends!
    I value sharing our trials and mess ups. Yesterday was a bad day for me and today is probably not going to be much better. I think what I have learned with the BFC though is that if I get right back on, the damage goes away. That is comforting.
    The Christmas season is upon us and so are all of the temptations! We can do this, together:)

  3. Everyone says losing weight is hard, but I think keeping it off is even harder and more daunting. It's just like you said, "One meal and one day at a time" BTW, I love your sign, but think you should add to it. Add something to the effect that nothing tastes as good as thin feels :)
    Thanks for all of your inspiration!

  4. I am with you Amber, in so many ways! Have a GREAT TIME the rest of the week, and take it easy! Remember that I'm thinking of you today.

    Maintenance is HARD! I am struggling with it so much!

  5. Amber, as someone who isn't even near goal, I can relate. It's actually refreshing to hear that even those of you who made it to goal, still have fears and doubts. I know you will do fine, but I'm sure there will be those days that you just have to take it one day at a time. I have to remember that this is for life and life has ups and downs. Hugs to you from me, wherever you are (and I think Rosalie may have given us a hint) I hope you have a great time.

  6. Amber, we can do this! Maintenance is no problem when you think of how far we have come. Have a good one :-)

  7. HELLO PEOPLE! If you would only stop calling it maintenance…you have missed the whole point of the Belly Fat Cure….it is a lifestyle..a way of eating forever and ever amen. There is no END date….just keep, keeping on and it is SIMPLE! NO END DATE..NO MAINTENANCE…JUST eat the right way and the scale and your health will be your friend. You do not need to worry about getting "too thin" ! Eating this way is freeing and wonderful and works…forever and ever….AMEN SISTER!

  8. Amber, I have always heard maintenance is always the hardest and I hope to make it there someday....right now weight loss has seem to be the hardest for me. But I a so thankful I have you and all the bloggers to push me through it. Glad we can all give support to each other whenever needed.

  9. I'm not where I want to be yet but I'm taking a maintenance attitude this month with the holidays. I think it's harder because I'm obsessing over the scale every day to make sure I'm not gaining. Instead of when I eat right I expect it to go down.


  10. Amber, you are real, and thats what I love about you. If losing weight & keeping it offwere easy we would all be skinny & never have to think twice about those regains.
    I was telling my sister the other day that this is something that I will have to deal with all my life so I am trying to be a good student now, learning through my bumps & bruises along the way. IT wil never be easy, but one thing is for sure....we are all here for you and each other, and that, to me is comforting to know that I have sucha great support & so many people cheering for me & helping me with their pearls of wisdom that THEY have learned on their weight loss journeys!
    Thanks for always being so helpful!

  11. Amber. You most certainly inspire tons of people. If I hadn't met your blog and then you I'd still be 30 pounds heavier. I'd still be on the verge of Type II Diabetes. I'd still have blood tests that concern my doctor. They are all gone thanks to the BFC. Yes it's hard work, but it's so much easier when there is someone to share results with and to give tips and tricks. I'll always be grateful.