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How do you start maintenance?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lately I've been thinking about how to start my maintenance mode. Right now I'm still in weight loss mode, working out seven days a week and eating 1300 or so calories a day, except Saturdays and some Sundays. In a few weeks though, or, should I say in about 10 more pounds, I'm gonna be sort of starting my maintenance.

I'm lost at even how to start...

Do I work out the same as I am now with one off day a week? I don't take off days right now other than maybe, MAYBE, once a month. So I'm not sure even where to take that day off. Do I base it on being far away from the day I weigh in?

Do I eat the same amount of calories? A few more so I don't keep losing but not enough so I don't gain? This is all so new to me, I have no idea where to start.

I am sooo nervous! Any help would be appreciated it!!

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SPSPSP1 10/5/2012 12:47AM

    Congrats on all your success! In case you haven't seen them already, here are a couple of links regarding maintenance:

Blog Post:
http://www.sparkpeople.com
/mypage_public_journal_individu
al.asp?blog_id=5057292

Spark Maintenance Team: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/
groups_individual.asp?gurl=main
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Hope this helps!

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TANYA602 8/25/2012 7:45PM

    Great question! I have about 16 more lbs to go before I start to consider this. I have to think we need to continue to log in and still stick with healthy levels of fitness and calories. No way am I going back to eating the way I used to!

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TRACY31502 8/22/2012 6:10PM

    GREAT questions girl...I need to know what people say about this as well....I'm really not sure what my maintenance weight is going to be...I know I want to get down to 173 and make it a total loss of 200lbs but I'm not sure where from there...I'm thinking around 160ish???? I really dont know...I just figured I would figure it out as I got there! But I'm so happy to see you posted this blog and get some tips so I know what to do when I get there! the whole maintenance thing is kinda scarey to me just because I have no idea how to do it...so thanks again..and congrats on being so close to your goal!!! you are GREAT!

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BOB240 8/22/2012 5:00PM

    The biggest psychological problem is that you have been successful at losing weight. Every two weeks your scales tell you that you are doing brilliantly. The you hit target and your scales lose interest in you :(.. same number week in week out.

A number of us struggle here in different ways. Successful maintainers still track, still exercise and weigh at least monthly. Do less? I'm working on a planned reduced gym time. A marginal increase in calories. Will it work??? I don't know.

My guess is that you must forward plan and your target longer term.

Bad news - do a Google 19/20 p[people regain all their weight. There is virtually no support for maintaining weight :(...

There's a small group of maintainers here stuck in SP... It's always interesting to see how they cope!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 8/22/2012 4:26PM

    GREAT questions that I ponder on a daily basis too.
What I've come up with thus far is this, continue to eat healthy and in moderation - calories, etc still count so they must be watched.
A workout regimen is still needed, ST and/or cardio just to keep us moving and feeling good. Find a balance that works for your schedule, body and mind. That might not be everyday as it has been but continue some type of regular schedule.

I was told once to determine a low weight and a high weight when I start to enter maintenance. The low weight is your ultimate goal weight - what you strive to stay at and your high weight (generally no more than 3 to 5 lbs) is that bench mark that tells you that you need to take a look at your portions and workouts more closely. If you hit your high weight during maintenance you just cut back and readjust until you are back down to your low/goal weight.

Maintenance is a new journey and something to be explored. How exciting to be asking these questions and knowing that you are almost there! YA!!

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