When it comes to maintaining my weight, my best friend is the good old standard scale. I know that many people prefer not to weigh in everyday, but for me, it's what works. Now, if I hop on the scale and it varies by a couple of pounds from one day to the next, I don't freak out. You shouldn't either. That's normal and to be expected (extra water weight, clothing, etc.) But if I jump on the scale and realize that my weight is steadily creeping up, I immediately jump into action and start reducing my caloric intake and working out a little more than usual.
I did not realize how important it was for me to monitor weight until a few months ago. I had moved to a new area and in doing so ended up leaving behind my smaller items including my scale. I honestly felt I could do without and never really worried about my weight going up. To make a long story short, in a period of about 3-4 months my weight jumped up 20 pounds from 130 to 150 (bad eating habits & no exercise). The worst thing about this all, is that I hadn't noticed. I'll admit, I knew that I had gained a few pounds, but I figured it was a minor 5 or so pounds. I outgrew some of my clothes (why is all of my clothes shrinking?), but aside from that, I pretty much saw no significant changes when looking at myself in the mirror.
The harsh reality of my weight gain sank in when I went in for a basic physical (my boyfriend never even mentioned this to me!). I could not believe I had let myself gain the extra weight. That same day I turned to fit day to assist me in losing the weight. I also went to the store and purchased a scale! Along with monitoring my food intake and weighing myself frequently, not only have I been able to lose most of the weight, I have also been able to keep off that weight. I'm currently at 134 and shooting for a few more pounds, but overall, I'm happy to be able to fit into my jeans again (turns out they hadn't shrunk afterall).
I started working out in January, so my weight loss has been gradual. Just as any good weight loss program, it takes time. If you're patient, you can not only lose the weight but also maintain at a weight smaller than where you started. If you're like me, make sure you monitor your weight frequently (even if it's just once a week). It will keep you on your toes and really help you from avoiding situations such as mine. Good luck everyone!!!