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6/18/12 9:27 A

Hi Ruthie,

Remember the body is constantly moving to a state of homeostasis or balance, meaning that over time our bodies become quite efficient doing what we are accustomed to doing so we must stop and take a step back and review what we are doing.

One of the first things you may want to do is to go back and start tracking your nutrition just to make sure you are eating within your proper calorie range. This is one of the most important tools those of us who have reached maintenance can continue to use well beyond weight loss.

Also, if you are doing the same cardio and intensity of the activity you may want to shake things up by adding in some high intensity and/or new type of workout.

Lastly, you may want to talk with your doctor to verify there is not a medical reason for your weight gain.

Take care!

Coach Nancy

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6/18/12 9:18 A


As we age (I hear that from my doctor on a regular basis), our bodies do change. One thing I would ask you is if you've tried logging your food choices. If you're still exercising on a regular basis, then I have to wonder what you've been eating. Has there been a change in your eating habits ? When a person is in maint (and I'm in maint), they might let some of their healthier habits slide occasionally. an extra cookie once in a while is no big deal, but if that occasional cookie has become a regularity, that's one reason you could have gained weight.

Not to be nosy, have you recently changed your birth control ? I know women who made absolutely no changes to diet or exercise and yet gained weight when they changed their BC. Hormonal changes can cause a woman to retain water. During my period, I can typically gain 5-7 pounds. Now that I'm peri-menopausal, those gains have gotten higher. I don't let them freak me out because I know it really is nothing more than water retention.

When is the last time you went to the doctor ? It wouldn't hurt to have a few blood tests done to see if there have been changes in this past year. Like I said, hormonal changes tend to be a major reason women pack on weight and once again, it's mostly water retention.

If if you do think you've been eating a bit more than you should, you might try logging your food choices for the next couple of weeks just to see if maybe you've been eating more than you think.

Just a few thoughts.

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6/18/12 9:04 A

I have been in maintenance mode for about 5 years now, and for some reason this year, it has stopped working. I eat tons of veggies, and a moderate amount of protein, and probably a few to many carbs. I do an hour of cardio 5-6 days a week and strength train 4-5 days a week. This last month of may/june has been especially bad on the weight gain, adding a solid 10 pounds, and I can't figure out why. It is depressing :( I eat often, and also stick to a mostly organic/local in season diet. I've changed up my cardio as well. HELP! I am getting pretty depressed about it.

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