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For any one on maintenance.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

I am starting my maintenance phase today. Looking for any advice. How was your transition to maintenance? What was the easiest thing for you to do? What was the most difficult?
I have read most of the articles on maintaining weight from SP (good info) ......looking for some real life experiences...
Thanks for stopping by and helping a fellow "Sparker".....Hugs to all who read this.

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JUSTA123 7/25/2012 9:03AM

    Can't help you there, I am one of those people that have to watch everything I put into my mouth, choices are bad for me I lose control, I think it's just to many years of just not caring. I wish you luck and I think maybe joining one of the maintenace groups would help.

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    I've been "practicing maintenance" (read: on a plateau) for a year. What I've found is that I still like tracking every day and I LIKE eating healthy. I can finally eat unhealthy food in moderation (most of the time - except pizza! Ack!) The key is to still be vigilant and picky about what you're eating. Maintenance is not a license to eat anything you want again. It's just a LITTLE more food each day. Good luck!

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SHIRE33 7/19/2012 10:56AM

    Maintenance -- I'm great at losing weight and an abysmal failure at maintaining it. From what I've read, I know I will continue to track my eating and esp. monitoring calories, once I know how many I need. I have an Exerspy arm band that tells me how many I burn each day. I got it after I'd lost 50 pounds just for the express purpose of learning to balance calories in and calories out for the eventual maintenance phase.

I also intend to keep up my exercise classes and running. I'm careful to run just 3 days a week for an hour. Some people get caught up in longer and bigger running goals, like half marathons and up, but all I want to do is to stay healthy enough to run regularly. I may do a mini-triathalon next summer, but no extremes. Just consistency.

Here's to our success!

Comment edited on: 7/19/2012 10:57:15 AM

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    Wish I could help but I have a long way to go. My plan is to continue to eat health food and exercise.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/16/2012 11:39AM

    emoticon Barb. That is fantastic. When I hit maintenance I know who to go to. The 2 Barbs. emoticon

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    Congrats on your great achievement. I lost 55# 10 years ago only to regain 53#. Now I've lost 40# with a bit more to go and am nearing maintenance too. I feel just as you do ~ fear of joining the 95% failure rate of those who gain it back. I want to be a 5% lifer, never to gain it back again. Last time I did the loss solo. This time I have SP and I think that's the magic ingredient. With all of the education, facts, data and SUPPORT you'd have to go out of your way to fail. Just hang on tight to SP and I'm sure you'll be fine. You have the recipe for success, just stay the course. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 7/15/2012 1:03PM

    Maintenance is a whole different lifestyle. I still
track daily. If I start gaining, I reevaluate what
I have been doing and get back to my "new"
normal. I give myself about 5 pounds leeway
but usually keep it to 2. Best to adjust slowly
by adding in a little extra food and see what

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FELINA 7/15/2012 11:08AM

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on reaching maintenance !

I hit my goal about 4 years ago and have been on maintenance since, with some weight fluctuations along the way.

When I first hit goal the hardest part was switching from trying to lose to trying to maintain, figuring out how much I could now eat without gaining. I had a fear of regaining all the weight. I did initially regain a few pounds, and eventually settled into a 7 pound weight range that I've stuck with for most of the past 4 years.

The easiest part of the transition was realizing that I like my new healthy way of eating. I continued using my food journal off and on, still do whenever I feel the need. I weigh weekly and keep up with my exercise. If my weight starts creeping up I start counting calories again. I promised myself I would never regain that lost weight and I'm determined to keep that promise.

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JACKIE542 7/15/2012 11:06AM

    There is a maintenance spark team. I bet they have lots of ideas. emoticon emoticon

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FLEURGARDEN 7/15/2012 10:36AM

    Congratulations on reaching goal!

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TAMPATINK67 7/15/2012 9:39AM

    congrats on your success so far!

I've lost over 100 before - gained it back plus and am down 90+ this time with another 40-60 to go...

I'm also very concerned about maintenance - because I never want to be in the losing phase again!

You can do this!!!!

Not sure how you lost the weight, but I've tried to make lifestyle changes. That will enable me to hopefully continue the lifestyle without 'regaining' weight. Previously, I would go on a diet, lose weight, go off the diet and regain.

Again - CONGRATS!!!!!

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BEARGODDESS 7/15/2012 9:37AM

    Congratulations on reaching maintenance!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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