I am 7 1/2 years out (gastric bypass) and weight has stabilized 125-130 the last 2 years or so (my start weight was 240 - my lowest was108 - way too low did not look good!). 130 is the highest I feel comfortable at, I know what to do to get those 5 pounds off again. It is much harder maintaining now BUT so doable. I go up and down the same 5 lbs and I am ok with that.
I now have different eating habits - what I hoped for when having the surgery. Following the rules so strictly for the first 3 years or so after my surgery has imbedded better eating habits in my every day life. I do not think of them as rules anymore, I don't even think about the rules anymore to tell you the truth, I just know what needs to be done. Now don't get me wrong sometimes I still "battle" with myself and have those days where I do over eat a bit BUT I move on and get right back on tract!
I still do not eat white bread, pasta, or rice and no fried foods (except French fries). I can pretty much can eat anything now (just because you can does not mean you should !) but portion control is key and I can still say NO!.
Mon-Fri, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack stays pretty much the same every day. Weekends (or vacations) is where I go off "tract". If I want ice cream I have ice cream BUT the difference now is I can have a serving size and be satisfied, also I will get a no sugar added or low fat. Before surgery I would eat a whole pint in one sitting. I might have a few French fries when I go out to eat, I also have low fat chips and so on but again only on the weekends and wil be a sat or a sun NOT both days. The key is the change in eating habits - have a bite to satisfy you and STOP! I also still exercise - I never thought that after 7 year I would still be gong to the gym. I just do 35 mins of cardio 2-3 times a week and strength training 1-2 times a week.
Here's to still going strong!