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One Year of Maintenance

Sunday, October 07, 2012

On October 7, 2011, I weighed 174.0 lbs. This beat my goal weight of 175, and I declared myself to be in maintenance. My immediate concern was to figure out how much to eat to maintain my weight instead of losing or gaining. I wasn't terribly worried about losing a few pounds while learning this, because I'd weighed as little as 165 as a young adult.

It took a few weeks to learn how to not lose, but I got it done. Here's what my weight has done in my first year of maintenance:

Yes, I was losing weight for the first half of this year of maintenance. But I wasn't losing weight like I did in the weight loss phase. It will be pretty obvious when I found SparkPeople from the weight graph of 1/1/2011 to present:

I spent much of the past year feeling my way to where I ought to maintain my weight. Along about January, I thought I'd stopped losing near the first of December, at the 165 lb. mark. It turned out I was still losing slowly, and today I'm comfortable in the 160-163 range. I'm calling 162 my goal weight now, but I'm not sure that will last long term.

In any event, I'm happy with the last half year or so of having a clear sideways trend of weight management. The journey with fitness has had its ups and downs, and it was a bit of a surprise that I was able to adjust what I eat well enough to maintain my weight in spite of the changing amounts of exercise I was able to do.

On the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance Team, the oft-quoted statistics are as follows:

- The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%.
- When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%.
- When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%!

From a statistical standpoint, I'm still at risk of regaining. But I don't believe statistics are the best way to look at individual cases. I'm a bigger fan of BREWMASTERBILL's concept of keeping your head in the game:

My head's been in the game for the past year+. It's an open question whether I'll keep my head in the game long term, but it looks good for the immediate future.
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    Looks like that 162 lb mark turned out to be a good call.

    Your ability to self assess is excellent!

    It's wonderful to be looking back on these years later. They provide a wonderful record of your journey.
    1230 days ago
  • GABY1948
    You definitely have made it! Since I am here by way of your three year anniversary blog!

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    1230 days ago
    emoticon on one year of maintaining!
    1960 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon Wow, MobyCarp! I'm so proud proud of your consistency. Keep up the good work--you're my role model!
    1960 days ago
    emoticon on your emoticon anniversary! Keep doing what you are doing and you will maintain!!! emoticon
    1960 days ago
    Way to go on the maintenance! Congratulations!
    1960 days ago
    Happy Anniversary !!

    You are now eligible to join the National Weight Control Registry. This is a national study being done on people who've lost the weight and have kept it off for at least one year. The goal of the study is to find out what these people do to maintain their loss.

    Here are some statistics you'll enjoy. Of the people who are registered, they noticed the following.

    78% eat breakfast every day.
    75% weigh themselves at least once a week.
    62% watch less than 10 hours of TV per week.
    90% exercise, on average, about 1 hour per day.

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    1960 days ago
    Well done on your work! You have obviously worked very hard and it shows!!
    1960 days ago
    That's the attitude that makes me come back to here at SP!
    I loved your graph!
    Let's rock this "maintenance"!
    1960 days ago
    emoticon on your one-year maintenance anniversary! emoticon
    1960 days ago
    That is so wonderful and very heartening for someone like myself to hear.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1960 days ago
    emoticon to your first Maintenance Anniversary!
    1960 days ago
    Congrats on a year of maintaining!
    1960 days ago
    That is awesome. Congratulations! Thanks for pointing out Brewmasterbill's blog. That was excellent advice.
    1960 days ago
    Happy One Year Anniversary and hearty congratulations!
    1960 days ago
  • 62NVON
    I love your approach to maintenance! And I agree with ONEKIDSMOM too. I've lost focus and motivation over and over, but never again! I'm approaching a milestone birthday later this year, and I want to go into my 50's as healthy as I possibly can!

    Congrats, MOBYCARP... many happy returns!
    1960 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Congratulations on your first year of maintenance. That is a wonderful accomplishment. You are heading to a second healthy year. I also lost and changed my goal during my year of maintenance.

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    1961 days ago
    I love BREWMASTERBILL's concept of head in the game, too. Every time I have regained, it has been not because I don't know how to keep it off or even in some instances want to keep it off... but because I lose focus, and eventually lose motivation, and start telling myself either "I don't care," or "I'll get back to you later".

    Truth is, it's later NOW! There isn't a whole lot of "later" left once you get to the big 6-0, which is now looming for me. OK, maybe 30, 40 years... but by 60, we know that's not very long! And if we *don't* pay attention to our health... it might be less than that 30 or 40, by a significant amount.

    Congrats on your first year of maintaining! emoticon And cheers to keeping our heads in the game! emoticon
    1961 days ago
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