When I first lost almost 40 pounds, it happened quickly. I was eating perhaps 700-800 calories a day. That was necessary as at the time I had Bell's palsy on both sides of my face and chewing was really difficult.
Then, as I coordinated eating, I was cautious of new diagnoses of diabetes and hypertension, so I got rid of all the dinner-sized plates (in America that's about 10-1/2" to 11") and replaced with European dinner plates (9"). I also made myself take at least 20 minutes to eat. I put on a timer on my cell phone to be sure. Those simple things kept the weight dropping fast. In fact, it dropped so fast, my BP started hovering around 80/50, so I had to back off the BP meds until my body got used to the volume change.
But, what worried me was regaining. Like everyone else, I swore I would never ever go back up again, but over time and getting into the usual zombie-like routine, it began to creep up 10 pounds. I knew that it would find its old fat set point if I didn't figure out how to maintain weight loss.
Even though I was still eating on small plates, my work load had me eating faster and sometimes ordering Uber on a tough day. Those were the habits that got me into unhealthy weight.
So, I sat down and said this, "Sharon, who do you want to emulate? How do you see yourself? Who are your people? What lifestyle do you fit into?"
I realized that lifestyle is the way we tackle each day. Some people get up and cycle at 5 am, others sleep in, drink a lot of coffee to get started, and like to have a pastry in the morning.
First, I looked at my youthful tendencies. I always associated with the ocean and wanted to be a surfer.