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Goal Weight, Maintenance and Being Scared to Death

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Only about 5 pounds to go until I hit my goal weight of 140 pounds. I would like to get a few pounds below that once I hit it in order to give myself a little wiggle room so I can play around with maintenance.

I am getting worried, and I am getting scared. I don't think I will ever be able to go back to a "normal" diet. I will always have to eat around 1,000 calories for the rest of my life in order to maintain my weight. Prior to surgery, I gained weight eating 1200-1500 a day, so I am guessing those ranges will be too high for me.

I will always have to eat a lower carb diet, and limit grains, even whole ones since my body isn't really a huge fan. Currently, I eat 1-2 servings a day depending.

I keep having nightmares that I wake up at 260 pounds.

I did the smart thing and send an email to my RD, told her my fears and asked if I should set up an appointment.

I worked on my legs at the gym today. I am doing a 14 min mile now and am quite happy with that. My hip was bothering me again, so I only went for 14 mins instead of 20.

I think that is all now
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    I am no where near my goal but I also feel that my body gains when I eat more than 1000-1100 cal per day and also don't get along with carbs.... is that even enough, like realistically!?
    1883 days ago
    I would definitely talk to your RD about it. Having a plan for maintenance is a great idea. Getting below your goal weight will help with that. You can have 5-10 pounds of wiggle room so that you can try your maintenance plan and adjust as needed without worrying about gaining too much.

    I think your maintenance calories will just depend on how much you currently lose each week. You might be able to up your calories with a few extra hundred a day if you plan to keep your same exercise regimen. But all that depends on your own personal needs, your metabolism, etc.

    You have accomplished so much and you are doing a great job. You have the tools and experience with losing weight. You are not going to return to 260 pounds or that person you once were because you are different on the inside as well as the outside emoticon
    1883 days ago
  • PATTYR81
    I can totally relate!!

    Way in my past, I got down to my goal weight and realized it when I actually weighed what my driver's license said. It took me out of the present moments I'd been living in and I suddenly saw the BIG PICTURE of my journey. For some reason, I totally freaked out and felt like I was 'DONE' and fell off my program. Of course I gained all my weight back plus more.

    I still tend to do this when I think about how much progress I've made overall. emoticon

    I'm making a conscious effort to only focus on each day, sometimes each hour and even each 5 minutes. I keep remembering what others say a lot: "Just keep doing my program today and it will work."

    Happy Day!
    1883 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/24/2013 11:05:02 AM
    I am so proud of you!

    I totally identify with your fears, I have the same ones. I also have a feeling I'll have to stay at around 1000 calories for the rest of my life and limit my carbs.

    But fear isn't necessarily a bad thing. It keeps us grounded and in check. You will continue to do well, I know it. We will all have moments of weakness and slip, but they will just be moments.

    Continue doing what you are doing and know that there are many of us on this journey with you. Thanks for forging the way!
    1883 days ago
  • SYZYGY922
    You've done such a great job and I know that you will continue to do so. Gosh, your pre-surgery weight gain issues sounds like me before my endocrine problems were diagnosed. I was looking into surgery, too. I just gained and gained even when I ate 1200 a day.
    1883 days ago
    You are doing great! It's hard work to get to the place where you're at, and you should celebrate your accomplishments!

    In my TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) group, when someone reaches their goal weight (thus becoming a KOPS Keep off weight sensibly) they have a 10 pound range that they have to stay within. They can be 7 pounds under, or 3 pounds lighter. So, if your goal weight is 140, you can weigh as much as 143, or as little as 133.

    Just an idea.

    1883 days ago
    I don't think you need to wake up weighing 260 pounds... I'm thinking that maintenance is probably something you need to learn to do and find your way with. Just like you needed to learn how to lose. Not that I would know, of course. But I'd say do just try to enjoy your accomplishmet and take as good care of yourself as you can. Don't be scared.
    1884 days ago
    Of course, those nightmares could be a reminder of where you once were. So they are a good thing, really.
    1884 days ago
  • BILL60
    Good luck.
    1884 days ago
  • EUEK098
    It is a new place and it is only natural to be scared, but you can do it, just remember where you came from, and do what must be done to keep yourself healthy.
    1884 days ago
  • OOLALA53
    It's true that for the most part, whatever you did to lose weight is what you'll have to do to maintain it. Good reason not to do outlandish things to get there. That's why maintenance can seem so hard. Too many of us expect things to be over. But we've also got to feel we get enough food to eat.
    1884 days ago
  • JO88BAKO
    You are doing a great job, and how awesome you are so very close to your goal!! You have worked hard, so remember the journey and keep it off.
    1884 days ago
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