HodgeonRepeat blog — Weight Maintenance Matters — Smiling woman holding pots of grass
HodgeonRepeat blog — Weight Maintenance Matters — Smiling woman holding pots of grass
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I’d dreamed of losing weight for so long and worked so hard and long to achieve it that I hadn’t given any thought to how I’d maintain my weight loss. It didn’t matter that I’d read a million times that maintenance was so tricky that some 95% of people who lose weight regain it.

That popular 95% statistic about weight regain may not be as accurate as we once thought, and a subset of people (including those participating in the National Weight Control Registry) have had higher success rates in maintaining their weight loss. …

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You’ve been here before — you’re working to lose weight with whatever food plan you’ve chosen (for me, it’s a whole-foods diet), and you veer off course and eat something off the plan. Instead of recognizing that one food won’t make or break you, you invent some convoluted narrative in your head that goes something like this:

Wow, I really consumed a lot of calories with that (fill in the blank).

I know I won’t lose a pound today. I’ve totally blown it.

Now, it doesn’t matter what I eat for the rest of the day because I’ll be over…

HodgeonRepeat blog — Healthy Food 911: post-pandemic palate revival — fish tacos
HodgeonRepeat blog — Healthy Food 911: post-pandemic palate revival — fish tacos
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When you’re in the precarious first years of maintaining a significant weight loss like I am, staying committed to your healthy eating habits is mission-critical. After losing more than 60 pounds, I didn’t want to ever get back on the diet roller-coaster and put the pounds back on. To say I’ve felt trepidatious about my ability to maintain my weight loss is putting it mildly. The odds of a woman in her 50s maintaining a weight loss after decades of obesity and yo-yo dieting is slim, but so far, I’ve done it.

I’ve beaten the odds and maintained my weight…

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Exercise at 200+ Pounds is a Struggle (It’s Also the Way Out of the Struggle)

Getting fit when you weigh more than 200 pounds is the ultimate struggle. At my highest weight (240 pounds), my day was consumed with work, family, and food. And while I always did some form of exercise (walking and dancing), I never felt like a fit person or gained mastery in a sport that I could claim as my own. At my top weight, let’s face it, the last thing on my mind was exercise. I liked to exercise, but I didn’t think it liked me back. …

HodgeonRepeat — Jill Hodge before and after weight loss photos
HodgeonRepeat — Jill Hodge before and after weight loss photos

The Poster Child for Childhood Obesity

I’ve been overweight my whole life. My earliest childhood memories revolved around food — chocolate cake at birthday parties, pizza at bowling league, ice cream at sleep away camp. For every major childhood event (and most of the minor ones, too), I have a memory that involves food. As an only child of a single, working mother, I was home alone a lot. Growing up, I turned to food for comfort, for companionship and as my source of entertainment and “fun.” But, in the end, relying on food for comfort and companionship would cost me dearly. I was overweight or…

10 reasons why exercise is the answer to almost everything

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With each day’s exercise — whether it’s rhythmic indoor rowing sessions, long walks, or weight training supersets — I uncover new facets to my deepening belief that the answer to most problems, stressors, and negative states of mind (and body) is EXERCISE. The stress-relieving life-affirming power of exercise is real. This may not seem revolutionary to those of you who have made exercise a consistent life habit, but for a woman in her 50s who has been fickle and noncommittal with workouts, this is an extraordinary discovery. …

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Have you been away from exercise for a while?

Perhaps you stopped working out because you got too busy at work or family obligations ramped up. Or did you stop because you found it difficult to gear up mentally for it? There can be a million reasons why you’ve stopped exercising, but somewhere in the back of your mind, there is probably a voice telling you that you need and want to return to it.

Whenever I miss two or more workouts, I lose my mental drive to exercise, and I have to work to recapture an exercise mindset. One…

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Starting at around age 40, many women begin to question whether their current exercise routine will go the distance when it comes to preserving their body’s conditioning as they age. There’s a shift in how they view exercise. It no longer exists simply as a way to burn calories or keep their body toned; women now start thinking about cardiac conditioning, balance, and functional muscle strength.

They may wonder: How should I structure my workouts to preserve my body functioning? What habits do I need to develop to ensure that I maintain a healthy weight? The answer in my mind…

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I’m about to get real. I have a long history of compulsive overeating. I wasn’t just overweight, and then obese from a young age, I established an eating pattern to cope with emotions that hurt. I felt anger, fear, and shame, and to cope with those feelings, I ate, overate, and binged. It was a coping strategy that I developed as a child in response to painful substance abuse issues in my family. My life from birth to age 12 was often sad, scary, and dark; luckily, my family’s situation improved during my teens. But by then, I had an…

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Knowing who we are and what we think can sometimes get lost in our day-to-day life. We struggle to find our inner voice amidst the sea of appointments, work commitments, and chores that make up our daily routine. Journaling and expressive writing (writing to express your emotions) can help uncover thoughts, habits, and beliefs.

What if I told you that journaling could also help you achieve your healthy eating and fitness goals? Health and fitness journal prompts can help guide your intention for sticking with weight loss, fitness, and other self-care goals.

A consistent writing practice can improve your self-awareness…

Jill Hodge

Jill Hodge, a researcher/nonprofit writer, lost 60+ pounds in her 50s | find research-based health/fitness tips on her motivational website (HodgeonRepeat.com)

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