I picked my original goal weight (150) because that's the lowest I've ever been as an adult. But once I got to 150, I kept losing even though I was eating on the high end of the maintenance range SP gave me. I'll be at normal BMI when I'm at 140, so now that's sort of my new goal. I'm taking my time getting there though, about a half pound a week as long as I'm pretty good about my tracking and watching what I eat (I normally eat 1700-1800 a day w/ no exercise, but I didn't lose (or gain) anything over the holidays because I was going over that I'm sure). I'm not sure what I'll do once I get to 140 though... maybe keep going as I'm not really "thin" or anything like that, or just try to settle in at 140.
I will say I don't feel like I'm fighting to be where I'm at, and I'm losing without even trying all that hard. So I think once you get to where you're comfortable, as long as you keep up with the good habits you learned throughout the process, maintenance is not going to be hard at all. The ones who find it hard are the ones who have approached the whole thing with a "diet" and "this is temporary" mentality. They gain because they stop what they were doing to lose, and fall back into the old habits that made them gain weight in the first place. If you're not going at it with that approach, maintenance will be easy.
I would encourage you join the Maintaining and Transition to Maintaining Team. It's a very active team with a lot of really encouraging members and good information. It's open to anybody, even if you haven't made it to goal weight yet. teams.sparkpeople.com/maintaining
Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 1/26/2013 (17:35)