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: www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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.