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3/27/21 7:35 A

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Thank you Jeanne for all your suggestions. This is the last week of the winter BLC challenge and the next one doesn't start for a few weeks. I anticipate reaching goal weight during the next challenge so that should give me time to get somewhat established here. I so appreciate your welcoming spirit! It is scary reaching my goal weight this time. I know from experience how easy it is to gain the weight back and I don't want it to happen this time! I got this!!!!
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Nicole

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Nicole,

There are a number of ways to get involved here:

1. Jump in on the Daily Check in under the General Team Discussion Forum.
2. If Challenges support you, consider joining a maintenance challenge which are under the Forum headed: Successes, Challenges and HELP!
3. Peruse Recent Member Blogs listed at the right side of the Team Page
4. Join other members in the Fun and Games Forum

Different things support different folks. I am the team Co-Leader for the Maintenance Challenges.

MAREE1953 oversees the Daily Check in for the team.

There are a number of team members that regularly blog and, for me, it was through reading blogs that I began to connect with members of the team. For others, they've likely connected in different ways.

So, check things out and should you have more questions ... ask away!


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Max Lifetime Weight, 211
SP Start Weight, 206.8
Maintaining since June 2014
Initial Goal Weight, 144
Current Goal Weight, 120

"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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3/19/21 10:57 P

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Andi,

We are each an experiment of one.

Like you, I also found the Spark suggested maintenance range a bit ... emoticon

So, I took baby steps and increased nutritional intake by 50 calories and held it there for a couple of weeks and continued assessing and making adjustments.





Jeanne
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Max Lifetime Weight, 211
SP Start Weight, 206.8
Maintaining since June 2014
Initial Goal Weight, 144
Current Goal Weight, 120

"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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3/16/21 3:03 P

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Hello!
I am new to this team and am just wondering what is the best way to get involved here. Thanks for any insights!
Hugs,
Nicole

...inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
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3/11/21 9:34 A

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Good morning. I went into maintenance yesterday. When I saw the calorie range they gave me I panicked. Anyone else deal with that?

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Hi SLASALLE & SLENDERELLA,

First, SLASALLE ... How's it going? You seem to be doing quite well transitioning to maintenance. Did you add more calories or pretty much keep the range the same? I'm curious.

Dear SLENDERELLA ... Wish I had wisdom to impart. But, I do not. How are you doing?

I cannot imagine anyone that has not been challenged over the past year. The pressures have been real whether we are aware of them of not.

Take care of yourselves ladies and I'd love to hear how things are going.

Jeanne

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Max Lifetime Weight, 211
SP Start Weight, 206.8
Maintaining since June 2014
Initial Goal Weight, 144
Current Goal Weight, 120

"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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I am just back into my goal weight range, now 77 pounds below my highest weight. I first hit goal weight in 2009. I want to do a better job of maintenance this time. I know a lot about me and food, but not sure I know enough!

Looking for good articles, buddies, ideas. Open to trying new approaches, new foods, new thinking. Thanks for any wisdom you can share.


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10/3/20 2:37 P

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Holy Cow!! I FINALLY tracked down the article that tells me what to do about my calorie range on maintenance. I now have to eat 100-350 more calories each day!

I'm thinking the safest route would be to start with 100-150 more calories per day. Poor me, the foodie who really enjoys eating!! Haha!

If anybody has any input, suggestions, feedback, whatever, I am open and interested in hearing it. No direct questions, but trying to utilize your expertise!! Thanks in advance!

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4/16/20 10:35 A

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You're welcome!

Keep us posted. I've enjoyed your blogs.


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Max Lifetime Weight, 211
SP Start Weight, 206.8
Maintaining since June 2014
Initial Goal Weight, 144
Current Goal Weight, 120

"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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4/15/20 3:05 P

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Thank you!
I think I am going to weigh daily for awhile and take the average. I think it will be most helpful for me to have "real time" information so that I have a better handle on what is working and what isn't. I will keep my exercise consistent and try adding back a few calories first.

Thank you for the info. I have looked at a couple of the weight trending sites.

Susan
I'm not telling you it's going to be easy. I'm telling you it's going to be worth it"-Art Williams
SP 5/20/07 SW 194 reached Goal Wt #1 165 12/29/07
SW 222 8/2015(never again)
Goal Target Wt #2 150--04/08/2020 (149.8) -ultimately reached 142
Last weight goal--maintain weight within +/-3% of target weight (range 137.7-146.3)


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JEANKNEE's Photo JEANKNEE Posts: 23,745
4/15/20 1:46 P

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Hi Suseee,

Great questions!

I was wondering---which method did you use when you started maintenance?

Prior to transitioning to maintenance I had evolved into a weekly weigh in routine. Until that time I had not routinely weighed myself and, in fact, had no scale available to me for most of my life. As I transitioned to maintenance, I began weighing daily. Why? Because I wanted to learn what routine weight fluctuation looked like for my body. I realized that our weight is dynamic just like ones blood pressure.


Daily weight? Weekly Weight average? Monthly?

Daily since June 2014.
Weekly from late fall 2013 thru May 2014.
Prior to 2013 had never routinely weighed myself. Had a routine annual weigh in at the doctor's office as part of my annual physical.

As I transitioned to maintenance, along with the change to daily weighing, I also began tracking 7-day averages and weighted averages (Weight Grapher & Hacker's Diet). There are things that I like about both Weight Grapher & Hacker's Diet. Although, the Hacker's Diet is by far my favorite due to its analytics. Weight Grapher does not have the robust analytics capability and I do not find it's One Month Prediction all that useful. Know that I am a numbers gal.


And did you change that as your time in maintenance increased?

When I first began utilizing the weight maintenance challenges as a tool to aid me in understanding what maintenance meant to me, I was utilizing a 7-day running average. Eventually, I began using the Hacker's Diet trending weight which is a weighted average. Again, strength's and weakness to both.

I consider the 7-day running average my canary in the coal mine. It is far more sensitive to fluctuations in weight than the weighted averages utilized by Weight Grapher and the Hacker's Diet. What I like about the Hacker's Diet is the weighted average smooths out the fluctuations and is a far better indicator of trends over time. And, it is trends over time that matter to me. The day-to-day fluctuations are simply data points and offer the potential as indicators of an impending change.


Let me leave you with some wise words from fellow maintainer BESSHAILE:

""The thing to remember about weighing daily is that if it is interesting, informative, challenging and detached - it's good. If it is depressing, frustrating, and shaming, it's bad. I think regular weighing is important so that you don't suddenly find yourself lots heavier than you thought you were - but daily weighing is only good if it is useful."




Jeanne
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Max Lifetime Weight, 211
SP Start Weight, 206.8
Maintaining since June 2014
Initial Goal Weight, 144
Current Goal Weight, 120

"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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4/11/20 4:37 P

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Hello All!
I am officially in maintenance!
I have read from the big page of links the different methods people use for monitoring their weight.
I was wondering---which method did you use when you started maintenance? Daily weight? Weekly Weight average? Monthly?
And did you change that as your time in maintenance increased?



Susan
I'm not telling you it's going to be easy. I'm telling you it's going to be worth it"-Art Williams
SP 5/20/07 SW 194 reached Goal Wt #1 165 12/29/07
SW 222 8/2015(never again)
Goal Target Wt #2 150--04/08/2020 (149.8) -ultimately reached 142
Last weight goal--maintain weight within +/-3% of target weight (range 137.7-146.3)


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Re-posting collection of great message boards:

We have too many great topics about this to sticky them all to the top, so I'll collect some of them here.

How did you determine your goal weight?
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=2038
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Compliments
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=0x11
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What can I do about this? (Loose skin)
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1
111x6
2349039


What carbs and fats do you find "safe"?
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
sa
geboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1111x635R>51656


Maintenance, a grueling job?
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1
111x6
3468955


How did you know you were ready to transition to maintenance?
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1
111x6
2300028


Slow weight loss
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=681x
1111x
64431635


My weight loss graph
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=681x
1111x
64386463


Maintenance Challenges - .Memory Lane
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=681x
1111x
63387537


Maybe I'M the jerk
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=681x
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The shapes of maintenance - new anonymous graphs
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t
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Unwarranted praises
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eam_messa
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Fear of gaining back
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t
eam_messa
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And finally, this one is from SP Cafe, not from our team, but very relevant to weight loss and maintenance:
When you're not "the fat friend" anymore
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/
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Kriszta

Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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11/7/19 1:23 P

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Hi Stephanie,
Just noticed this post. I'm about your height (was 5'8" when I started and now closer to 5'7"). Always thought I was big boned and initially set my goal at around 170 which was at the lower end of the overweight category. That was a weight range that I had been able to maintain. Didn't change calories or exercise and kept losing.

After a heart attack a couple of months later I started in on cardiac rehab and moved to a more plant based diet and reset my goal to 162 which was in the normal BMI range. Again thinking the higher end would be easier to maintain. Hit that in April and adjusted my calories up a bit and with the exercise kept losing.

Since I was in the healthy range and healthy (no issues from heart attack thankfully) I wasn't worried. With the exercise (cardio, strength and stretching) my body totally changed. Turns out I have a small frame and no hips! As I continued with the exercise which included getting at least 10,000 steps/day my weight continued to go down until it stopped around 145.

Stayed there for years and gradually upped my calorie goal to 2,000/day which oddly enough is where I started when I was losing weight. Have never gone over 146 and right now in the 140 range +/- about 2 lbs. Going lower for me is a result of adopting a dog and getting a lot more walking including an early morning long walk.

From my limited experience I think our body will tell us what weight is right for us. Can we eat and enjoy our food? Are we satisfied with what we're eating and how we're feeling? Exercise just makes me feel good so that is an important part of every day.

For me the colder months are actually easier because I made healthy soups which are great for lunch and full of veggies.

Good luck and congrats on hitting your goal.
Martha

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Don't assume your freedoms are assured.

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The reason there is a weight range is because we are all different. It's a one size fits all attempt to define a healthy weight. That range covers the universe of all women, not a range for one woman. That's why there is always that suggestion to check with your doctor, to make sure you see yourself as an individual within that range for everyone, and not compare yourself to others.

Nell
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No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.

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Yeah. The experience was new to me and adding 200 calories as Spark recommended to what I was doing seemed like too much. I think I added 100 calories. I essentially took things a week at a time and I still do that to this day. Although, I am weighing daily now and was weighing weekly while in weight loss mode.

And, I've essentially let my body dictate the process as long as there are no indications that my health or well-being has been negatively impacted. It's a bit of a dance. And, I'm much more at ease with the process 5 years out than I was when I entered it feeling totally blind.

Here's a chart for monthly caloric intake from December 2013 thru the present. And, when it's compared to the weight graph, one can see the nutritional tweaks that have occurred. They're often in response to activity and weight dipping lower than I'd like or injury / illness severely restricting activity and the intake naturally comes down.



That relatively smooth weight graph does not coincide with consistent caloric intake because I have not been able to sustain consistent physical activity due to injury and health challenges. So, when one is not active the intake has to come down. When it was clear that I was injured in March 2015, I slashed 500 calories from my intake the very next day because I knew that's how much I was burning on average per day with exercise and it worked beautifully.

Anyway, glad you've found the experience shared helpful. I suspect some others from the maintenance challenge may hop on over and share too.

Oh! And, that highlighted region in the caloric intake is from 1300 - 1700 kcal.

Edited by: JEANKNEE at: 8/14/2019 (23:06)
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SP Start Weight, 206.8
Maintaining since June 2014
Initial Goal Weight, 144
Current Goal Weight, 120

"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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8/14/19 8:00 P

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Thanks so much, Jeanne. This is exactly the type of info I'm looking for. I don't feel that I need professional help (doctor, nutritionist, etc.) because I'm within my healthy range right now.

The biggest piece I took from your post: "In retrospect, I probably increased calories too slowly when I hit my goal weight." So that's something for me to keep in mind. That said, being at the top of my healthy range, I certainly have room to play with for now.

Appreciate your sharing!

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Stephanie, I may not be the best person to chime in here since I tend to be at the opposite extreme: tall with an extremely delicate skeletal structure and based upon BMI have been underweight since January 2015. I was obese according to the BMI charts when my journey began.

Knowing that I've tended to run underweight when healthy, I figured my body would go toward the lower end of the BMI chart and I set my goal at 144 lbs. I was 211 in January 2013 and 206.8 in late June 2013 when I committed to regular walking to reduce stress.

My body hit that 144 lb. mark on June 15, 2014 and slid right on through it. It took me 6 months to put the skids on the weight loss and get the weight trending sideways. Since December of 2014, there has been a continued, slow downward trend outside of some weight spikes during the summers of 2016, 2017, and 2018 associated with health challenges.

I have remained alert to guidance from the body and remain connected to the health professionals supporting me. My activity levels over the past 6 years have been all over the place as has my caloric intake. There are times that my body has required an average of 2400 kcals per day to keep my weight from sliding and right now, 1350 kcals per day is keeping my body on an even keel. The nutritional composition of those calories (fat / carbs / protein) has also changed from time to time based on input from the body and professional guidance.

For me, it has been a process of trial and error. In retrospect, I probably increased calories too slowly when I hit my goal weight. However, clearly, the goal of 144 lbs. was too high. I weigh daily and the weight has averaged 121.9 lbs. since June 2013 which includes both the weight loss and weight maintenance years.

Trust your body and check in with your doctor, if you'd like some professional input regarding what's healthy for you. It seems that many of us tend to be able to sense what's too high or too low for us.

We have maintainers above what's considered a healthy BMI and their health parameters are fine and they're able to do what they want to do in their life. So, even BMI charts are simply a guide.



The yellow horizontal line is at 120 lbs. and starts in December 2014.

I entered maintenance in June 2014 and consider December 2014 the emergence of the sideways trend.


Edited by: JEANKNEE at: 8/14/2019 (18:40)
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Max Lifetime Weight, 211
SP Start Weight, 206.8
Maintaining since June 2014
Initial Goal Weight, 144
Current Goal Weight, 120

"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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OK maintenance gurus! I need some insight, please.

I'm 5.7-1/2, bigger boned and have a fair amount of muscle. As a result, I've never been a person who's at the bottom of my healthy weight range; I'm usually at the heaviest of the range.

I've now reset my goal weight twice and I'm continuing to lose. This is the easiest time of year for me to lose because of all the fresh fruits and veggies. I'm thinking of resetting my goal weight a third time.

I'm still at the top of my healthy weight range and I by no means look too skinny or sickly.

Just want to make sure I'm not setting myself up for any problems - and I'm betting some of you have been there.

Thanks for any input you can offer!!

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Hi Colleen,

Take a look at the 11-19-18 post by 4A-HEALTHY-BMI under the Forum: Improving our Team and Resources for Maintainers and the Thread: Help track down disappeared maintainers?

In that thread she shares the link for joining the Maintenance Anniversaries list. I do believe this is the link
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Here's the link to the thread: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t
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And, I do believe, this is the link for joining the Maintenance Anniversaries list:
docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FA
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On another note … In a week or two the new maintenance challenge will get announced. We will email blast the team, post to the wall, and open a new .

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SP Start Weight, 206.8
Maintaining since June 2014
Initial Goal Weight, 144
Current Goal Weight, 120

"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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I hit my goal weight of 120 lbs on May 14, 2019 so I'm using that as my goal anniversary and the start of maintenance. Do I need to record this somewhere? TIA!



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We have too many great topics about this to sticky them all to the top, so I'll collect some of them here.

How did you determine your goal weight?
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=2038
6x111
1x58362427


Compliments
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=0x11
11x64
591901


What can I do about this? (Loose skin)
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1
111x6
2349039


What carbs and fats do you find "safe"?
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
sa
geboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1111x635R>51656


Maintenance, a grueling job?
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1
111x6
3468955


How did you know you were ready to transition to maintenance?
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1
111x6
2300028


Slow weight loss
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=681x
1111x
64431635


My weight loss graph
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=681x
1111x
64386463


Maintenance Challenges - .Memory Lane
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t
eam_messa
geboard_thread.asp?board=681x
1111x
63387537


Maybe I'M the jerk
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The shapes of maintenance - new anonymous graphs
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Unwarranted praises
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Fear of gaining back
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And finally, this one is from SP Cafe, not from our team, but very relevant to weight loss and maintenance:
When you're not "the fat friend" anymore
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Kriszta

Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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I started to count maintenance weeks when I reached the initial goal weight I'd set for myself. At that point I declared that I had reached maintenance.

That was over three years ago and I am now looking at a center weight that is over 27lbs lower than my initial goal. So, I have continued to lose since entering maintenance and I am allowing my body to take me to where it wants to be.

The maintenance challenges have helped me with this process. Others come to learn what maintenance means for them outside of weight focused maintenance challenges. We're all different. We are each an experiment of one.

However, the vast experience and wisdom shared by this group of maintainers continues to inspire and support my process. So glad I found this group!

Jeanne
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Max Lifetime Weight, 211
SP Start Weight, 206.8
Maintaining since June 2014
Initial Goal Weight, 144
Current Goal Weight, 120

"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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I started to count maintenance weeks when I first reached my SP-recommended goal weight, at that time 66 kg/145 pounds, because from that point maintenance duration was more important to me than the weight lost.
SInce then I have lost more weight, but my maintenance anniversary is still June 20 (2011).
It is so encouraging to see number of weeks increase,
because I have never maintained longer than a couple of weeks before ; )

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Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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My question is for those who have their ticker set to track their weeks of maintenance or for anybody with a maintenance anniversary....

Question: Did you decide you'd reached maintenance when you actually reached your set goal weight (or went below) or when you entered your +/- maintenance weight range?

I have decided I'd like to stay within 2% of my actual goal weight since I no longer have the hormonal swings to account for gaining more than that. I entered the top end of my maintenace range a couple weeks before I actually reached my goal weight. Just curious how others have decided to track theirs....

Thanks for any feedback!

Highest recorded lifetime weight (non-pregnant): 03/12/2015 - 165.5 lbs

2017 Goal Weight: 137 lbs - Met that goal & entered maintenance for the LAST time on 11/10/2017

2018 Goal Weight: 132 lbs (+/- 3%)
2019 Goal Weight: 132 lbs (+/- 3%)









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We have too many great topics about this to sticky them all to the top, so I'll collect some of them here.

How did you determine your goal weight?
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What can I do about this? (Loose skin)
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Slow weight loss
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My weight loss graph
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Maintenance Challenges - .Memory Lane
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Maybe I'M the jerk
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The shapes of maintenance - new anonymous graphs
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Unwarranted praises
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Fear of gaining back
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Kriszta

Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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I have just found this page: SparkPeople's All Weight Maintenance Features listed at the bottom of the page!

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/maintai
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Kriszta

Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Linsey, Hang in there. I continued to lose for 6 additional months before a sideways trend emerged for me.

I also weigh daily and track nutrition routinely which, for me, helps inform my decisions and aids my decision making as far as adjustments go.

Some maintainers are for more intuitive and simply watch the scale and don't track food. I'm a numbers person. Tracking really helps me.

Jeanne
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Max Lifetime Weight, 211
SP Start Weight, 206.8
Maintaining since June 2014
Initial Goal Weight, 144
Current Goal Weight, 120

"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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I continue to weigh my self daily so I do not suddenly gain 5 pounds in a week, which can happen with me.

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I have learned so much from my fellow maintainers and am very grateful. Our life experiences are different and what maintenance means to each of us is different. Fluctuations for each of us is different.

We have maintainers that are endurance athletes that work within different maintenance ranges depending on their training cycles.

Some of us are dealing with inflammation and are working to manage fluctuations related to inflammatory flares and trying to identify our triggers. Those triggers can be both food and/or exercise related.

Some of us are managing compulsive eating behaviors.

We have individuals that have successfully maintained following injuries that have resulted in severe activity restrictions for extended periods of time.

There's a wealth of collective experience here. For me, finding this team was a jolt to my belief system. I had been living my life with the belief that diets do not work. Losing weight is easy; but, maintaining weight loss is not possible; so, why bother. Well, finding this group of people turned that belief on its head! And, here I am. I've joined the ranks of the maintainers and intend to do what I can to reMAIN here.

I consider this blog written by WATERMELLEN to be a classic.

“Don’t Drift Away, Invitation to MAINSTAY!”

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SP Start Weight, 206.8
Maintaining since June 2014
Initial Goal Weight, 144
Current Goal Weight, 120

"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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Averages are helpful because they even out the fluctuations.
I like to record my weight every and look at trends.
Fluctuation is OK as long as there are no new highs and lows, and as long as highs and lows are distributed evenly.


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Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Hi Sarah,

There are a couple of applications that utilize weighted averages used by some of our maintainers. Their links are as follows:

Weight Grapher
www.weightgrapher.com

The Hacker's Diet Online
www.fourmilab.ch/cgi-bin/Hac
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There are others. I'm simply sharing the two I've used and know a little about.

Also, I weighed weekly during the weight loss phase and moved to daily weighing as I transitioned to maintenance and have continued to weigh daily. Daily weighing supports my process. I have learned what normal fluctuation looks like for me and daily weighing allows me to catch unfolding trends earlier rather than later.



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SP Start Weight, 206.8
Maintaining since June 2014
Initial Goal Weight, 144
Current Goal Weight, 120

"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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I have a question about tracking during transition/maintenance. I think I will continue weighing daily at least initially. I've been using Happy Scale since earlier this year, which is a moving average weight app.

It doesn't look as helpful for maintenance - has anyone got a recommendation? I was hoping for something that would calculate the moving average and show where it falls in my focus range.

Thanks if you do!



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Hi Connie, yes, certainly you are most welcome to stay in the group!
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The main purpose of this team is to support each other, and times of injury and limited physical activity are when support is needed most. We have many members who are above their happy weight some of the time.
For the 3% challenges, you may enter any weight, I suggest to enter one that makes you feel the best. It can be your present weigh that you can maintain confidently, or the lower end towards which you want to go.

My favorite healthy eating expert claims we have a lowest achievable weight (with a lot of effort, eating as little as possible and moving as much as possible) and a lowest sustainable weight that we can keep up with a reasonable effort.
It is your choice the decide on all these factors, whatever you like.


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Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Two months ago I injured my back and neck and I am not able to run as I have done for the past 2 years to lose the weight and maintain weight loss. Since then I keep gaining little by little I have gained six pounds at one point. Why isn't it enough to cut back on what I'm eating at walk more? I'm bummed because If I can't return to running, I'm afraid of gaining all that I have worked so hard for. That and I'm tired of running 4-5 miles everyday and walking 3.5 miles everyday just to maintain. Some things in life just aren't fair!

Anyway, I was thinking that I shouldn't continue to be in this maintenance group if I'm not maintaining. I want to lose the six pounds and honestly, five more after that if I can. My middle BMI number would be 123 pounds for my height so 125 would be great.

Do I stay in the group? and If I stayed, in challenges, would I just pick a different number to try to maintain then? I usually pick 130, do I keep that or change it?

Thank you for your time,

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I joined SP 3/10/2010

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Wishing you success in achieving your goals, Brenda. Truly, no need to leave the team. But, understand that doing so is what supports you. I honor your choice and look forward to your return.

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Maintaining since June 2014
Initial Goal Weight, 144
Current Goal Weight, 120

"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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I wish all the best to you, Brenda,
and hope to see you here again soon!
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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Hi everyone! It's been a long time since I've been at goal. At the moment, I weigh more than I did when I started SP almost 10 years ago. I'm leaving the team for now because it's just too sad to see how far I've fallen, but I hope to be back again some day!

"Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live." - Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)


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I am a fan of cognitive behavior therapy. Judith Beck's books sound interesting as having a healthy lifestyle is in my view mostly a mental thing. That's why I became interested in the works of Nia Shanks and Renee Stephens who preach avoiding dieting and instead adopting healthy lifestyle habits for steady but sure long term weight loss. I follow up on that interest by leading or co-leading the preexisting teams Healthy Lifestyle Sparkers, Inside Out Weight Loss (IOWL) and Balance and Moderation among others. I stay in the range of 156 to 164 and it is not a battle.

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Judith Beck has a book, The Beck Diet Solution, and a couple of teams here on Spark follow her principles. I love her book because she so well articulates problems that seem to have no words.

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Not sure if you are familiar with the work of Judith S. Beck, Ph.D. She has done some amazing work regarding our thinking and its relationsip to weight loss and weight maintenance. Her work is based on cognive behavioral therapy techniques. It is a very powerful tool!

These techniques really can lead to a sense of peace, alleviating the inner struggles that have been present for many of us.

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P.S. Really like your SparkID ... may you live your life from your center. emoticon

Edited by: JEANKNEE at: 3/10/2016 (15:43)
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Thanks for your calm rational reply. But I've suddenly realized that after a life time of dieting, I really still don't have healthy habits. Oh, I know how to deprive myself and force myself to diet, but it still feels like a constant battle between my mind and my emotions. I thought that trying maintenance would give me some peace, but I now realize that I still have a lot of inner work to do. Thanks again for this insight.

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Regular exercise is a good idea to keep us fit and there are other benefits as well. But, if we choose not to exercise regularly, then we need to recognize that our nutritional intake needs to be reduced.

I have been injured for a year and my activity remains severely limited. However, I have managed to maintain my weight. But, to do so, calories had to be removed from my nutritional intake.

As soon as my body will allow it, I'll be back to regular exercise. I feel much better when I am able to move on a regular basis. It's not only good for me physically, it helps my mental outlook as well.

For me, it has been all about maintaining healthy lifestyle habits.

Edited by: JEANKNEE at: 3/10/2016 (02:25)
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Since transition to maintenance, I have to admit I've let things slide. But your comments prove that what I really need to maintain for the rest of my life are good eating habits and daily exercise. Thanks again for the info, inspiration and great ideas.

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I'm within +-2 pounds most of the time,
but there are bigger spikes up and down sometimes.
I like to call the middle of my range "goal".

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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Hi Mica,

My goal range is +/- 3% of my chosen center weight. You will hear center weight also referred to as a target or goal weight.

Learning about goal ranges from this team has been one of the most helpful concepts. It's not about keeping our weight at a particular number. It's about minimizing our fluctuations and maintaining within a range.

Although +/- 3% is my target. Psychologically, I am much more comfortable seeing a tighter range than +/- 3%. It has taken me well over a year to get to a point where I finally feel like my body is truly settling into it's happy range.

So, for me ...

Center Weight: 121.5
Range: 117.855 lbs – 125.145 lbs

Psychologically, I am comfortable seeing numbers between 120.0 - 122.6. I start seeing numbers below 120 and above 122.6 and those kind of serve like caution flags to me. Others likely feel differently. But, at this stage of my maintenance journey (20 months) that's what's currently working for me.

Here's an article regarding why the +/- 3% range has been chosen
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This is also the range used for our maintenance challenges.

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SP Start Weight, 206.8
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Current Goal Weight, 120

"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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The challenges here on this team are +/- 3%. A percentage is more meaningful than pounds; a lower goal weight would have a narrower range than a high goal weight.

Everyone sees a range as different. I myself see my goal weight as the upper "halt you gotta fix this now" weight, others are comfortable with a wider bounce. Saying "everyone is different" probably isn't helpful, but alas, it's true.

Nell
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How narrow is your goal range? Is +/- 2 pounds a reasonable range?

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11/13/15 11:07 P

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Thanks for the encouragement. I will check out those blogs. I miss being strong and not getting sore when I do things like playing with grandchildren. So I think I will be okay. I really enjoyed being in shape with a lot less pain. I have started grabbing a few minutes here and there to do some exercises. So I am working on ways to protect my muscle tone whenever I get it back. I really appreciate the leads for these blogs. Have a great weekend.

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11/11/15 3:44 A

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Hi DJ, first of all congrats to maintaining your weight, despite exercising less!
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I was lucky in the past few years and did not have to stop exercise for more than 1-2 weeks.
But we have serious experts in this team: JEANKNEE and MOBYCARP wrote very interesting and useful blogs about this topic.
I wouldn't worry much about the present muscle tone. As easy it is to lose it in a few weeks of inactivity, just as easy it is to build it back gradually when you have time and you are healthy enough to start working out again.
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Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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11/9/15 10:14 P

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Hi. I have been working toward my goal weight for a long time. I finally arrived in May 2015. I have maintained the 160 goal since, but due to outside interruptions and stressful situations, I haven't been consistent on exercising. I totally lost a lot of the muscle. I experienced those pictures of how a pound of fat is bigger than a pound of muscle. ugh! I know most maintainers weigh regularly to keep a check on weight. What do you do to check that you are maintaining your muscle tone? What do you do with interruptions to your schedule (Company, work, illness, someone else needing care, etc.) Thank you so much for sharing.

DJ--Team Leader of Hula Hooping for Fun & Fitness. We reinforce healthy habits like tracking, having fun, & learning to hoop. Waist hooping is an amazing core workout & off body hooping really works those arms. Anyone can hoop on their hand. Come check us out. https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/
groups_individual.asp?gid=69739


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9/17/15 9:58 P

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Thank you all for your welcome comments. I am sure I will enjoy being on this team. I hope everyone has a good evening. Allie


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9/17/15 4:37 P

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Hello Allie!

I have been maintaining for a very long time, and I can't really remember the "transition". I do know that I do pretty much everything I did while I was losing: planning every meal on paper, eating according to the plan, postponing "extras" for a day in order to think about it, never eating between meals, and weighing every morning just to confirm my work. I eat to an exchange plan, so I have no idea how many calories I eat, but it probably averages 1200-1400 a day. My body doesn't have one of those onboard computers that modern cars have, where they plug it in to see what needs adjusting and by how much. I have to experiment day by day, week by week, based on the results on my scale. I can tell you that all the older ladies that I scoffed at, who told me when I was young that I'll have to eat less in my old age, were right. The amount of food that let me lose weight at 21 would make me gain today. Oh well, I know it and I've had years to gradually adjust.

I was told on my first day at Weight Watchers that the more I learned to enjoy my new food life, the better I'd be able to maintain and enjoy maintenance. That woman was right! I love what I eat, I love what I do. It doesn't make maintaining intuitive, far from it, but I sure to love my life now!

Welcome to maintenance!

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Original Goal: 114. Current old lady goal: 106.


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9/17/15 3:35 P

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Hello Allie!

It has been 15+ months of maintenace for me and I have yet to identify a center (or target) weight for myself. Slowing/stopping the weight loss was/is much more challenging for me than anticipated.

In retrospect, I could have been more agressive with increasing my calorie intake following the weight loss phase. Prior to my injury, my calorie intake was 700 to 800 calories per day above my weight loss caloric intake, meaning that I was consuming 4900 to 5600 calories more per week while in maintenance versus weightloss. I had experienced a three month sideways trend and injury struck. Ironically, I have lost additional weight since the injury even though I am moving FAR LESS! Initially, I immediately cut 500 daily calories from my intake following the injury. When my weight began to climb, I cut another 100 calories per day. The last 5 weeks have seen calorie increases amounting to 200 calories per day. It appears that additional calories may be needed.

I am in the midst of an unexplained dip in weight and am working to tug it back up. Hoping there is not an underlying medical condition. Tracking food, fitness and daily weigh-ins help keep me on track and inform my decisions regarding how much to eat. The maintenance challenges have been a wonderful avenue for me. The members of this team through posts, blogs, and SparkMail have been a huge source of wisdom shared, support and encouragement. To them, I am eternally grateful!

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SP Start Weight, 206.8
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Initial Goal Weight, 144
Current Goal Weight, 120

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9/17/15 2:45 P

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Hello Allie!
For me this is the first time that I have been able to maintain my weight loss.
I kept doing all things I learned in the weight loss phase: exercise daily, drink water, sleep enough, eat fruits or vegetables at each meal and tracking food. The only change was adding healthy foods gradually, 150-200 calories at a time... and ended up about 500 calories above the weight loss range. That's plenty of healthy food.
And I made a Spark Page and joined teams : )
Good luck to finding your own way!
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Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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