And I'm living proof of that. As is Sandrelle on Keeping The Pounds Off. As is Sarah on The Weight it Is. And as is Lynn on Lynn's Weigh. And so many others - many members of MyFoodDiary.com.
There are common threads in the posts saying maintenance is possible:
1. Believe it is possible and that you can do it
2. Don't expect to diet, lose weight, and return to your previous lifestyle if you want to maintain
3. Accept that somedays it will take huge effort to do what needs to be done: exercise, plan and prepare food
4. Have back-up plans for when life happens and your normal eating plan gets hosed
5. Be willing to give up some activities for new ones that enhance your health
6. Hold yourself accountable daily
7. Surround yourself with other successful maintainers
8. Limit your exposure to the naysayers
9. Get support - but make sure it's real support
10. Take corrective action if you see yourself slipping into old habits
11. Celebrate your successful maintenance!
I'm sure there are many other things maintainers do. The bottom line is that to have healthy life, we all need to eat healthfully and move our bodies. If we've lost weight, we need to do this a bit more diligently than those who have never had a weight problem. Aren't we worth it?