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Maintenance is imaginary?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I am beginning to think that Maintenance is a figment of my imagination??? You know, like the tooth-fairy or the Easter bunny for kids (I saw him mommy, I know it was the tooth-fairy, I am sure of it).

In my right mind I know that there will be fluctuations from week to week. But DANG, this is harder than I thought. I need to do some more reading up on this! And here I thought I would hover a few pounds above or below if I was good with my diet an exercise. But NOoOoOoO, it's more like I am hovering 1-5 (more like 5-7) lbs above my goal weight. And to go below my goal....I am convinced this will never happen. (and ftr my personal goal weight is 4 pounds higher than recommended by SPARK, so I am pretty sure it's reasonable).

I guess my body just likes where I am? emoticon
Now, if I can just my mind to be on board with that? emoticon
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KENDRACARROLL 3/4/2013 11:20AM

    It's not imaginary, but it does take work.
When I first started maintenance I set a +/- 5 lbs target from my goal weight; mostly staying at +5 (I don't think -anything below my target ever happened at that time...)

As I became more stable I lowered my target to +/- 3% (that was 4A's suggestion), and it worked well.

I spent many years with my weight jumping up and down, but really only by 5 lbs, which was a huge improvement from my yoyo days.

While I watched my calories, and exercised, excessively at times, I could never seem to comfortably maintain at my goal.

Then I discovered hiking. Don't know what it is about this particular activity for me, but it seems after years of hard maintenance work, my body finally reset to where maintenance is easy.

The best part - I don't track food/calories, and lately I've dropped not below my maintenance weight, but below my dream weight :) without any effort on my part.

I guess, the point I'm trying to make is, that it does get easier over time, practice, persistence is key.

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CAMAEL100 2/28/2013 3:19PM

    I am still a few pounds away from maintenance but getting there. I have read a few blogs on maintenance and it does not seem easy!! I suppose that is why so many re-gain again. Read what you can and it will be worth it in the end. I just know I never want to re-gain and have to do it all over again.

Best of luck, I know you will figure it out.

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PAMDAQTPI 2/28/2013 11:18AM

    The idea of maintenance has me kinda freaked too. As it is when I'm eating any more than 1200 (even while exercising) I gain. How am I really supposed to eat what they say I'm supposed to an 'maintain' my results?!? I'm definitely going to have to research maintenance before I hit that point, I'd hate to undo all my hard work, but I'd also hate to keep my body just a step above starvation mode.

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MIRAGE727 2/28/2013 8:03AM

    My initial goal was 170! I hit it, fluctuated +- 5, won a Maintenance Challenge, then focused on my running, decided to lower the payload and dropped my weight to a safe running weight and hit a 100 # total weight loss. We all go through a bit of adjustment while maintaining. I got a bit stressed but then discovered how my body works and finally owned it. The key is trust and owning our lifestyle. Our minds will follow! All the best! Stay strong, focused, and be well!
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SOXYINMO 2/28/2013 6:51AM

    Ah, maintenance! That thing we all aim for, but can never seem to hit! There is a lot of good information that helped me here :

http://www.sparkpeople.com/
resource/lifestyle_center_detai
l.asp?id=1

And, yep. we're all individuals and you'll figure it out! emoticon

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 2/28/2013 5:19AM

    Tracking has helped me I have been at the same weight for quite some time and I track every day. I know tracking can be a pain at times but it's worth it to know exactly how much I am eating without eating the same things over and over.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/27/2013 11:26PM

    Maintenance is a moving target, because life circumstances, exercise programs, illness, injury, and all kinds of other factors will always require that we make small adjustments in response to however we're monitoring our progress.

MOBYCARP once wrote an excellent blog post about that:
http://www.sparkpeople.com
/mypage_public_journal_individu
al.asp?blog_id=4746726

So, yeah. In a way, the IDEA many of us have about maintenance IS imaginary, in the sense that it's not like we can just go, "oh, OK, if I eat 1700 calories per day, that's going to be my maintenance calorie level" and never have to think about it again.

It's a dynamic process, not a static one. And sometimes given circumstances we do decide to revise our goal weights, etc. Many of us have even seen the scale go down lower than we thought it would. Others decide that the size or number they chose was too low, and instead revised up, because the low was achievable but not sustainable for the amount of time and effort they wanted to expend.

Hang in there and be patient with the process. Learn what works well for you, and what doesn't.

If this were easy, there wouldn't be such terrible odds for people successfully keeping the weight off. It CAN be done, and it's worth it. Stick with it.

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OPTIMIST1948 2/27/2013 8:52PM

    What...the tooth fairy isnt real? But she just wrote my son a letter!

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CINERICIA 2/27/2013 7:46PM

    I think every body has a "right" number/size/shape on which it naturally settles. I can't seem to budge from where I am no matter what I eat/don't eat and no matter how much I exercise or don't. It can be very frustrating.

I know you'll work your way through this. And I'll be waiting to hear your advice.

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BIGPAWSUP 2/27/2013 7:18PM

    I am so with you on this. I've been in the same boat for months. If you get this figured out, let me know.

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TINAJANE76 2/27/2013 6:41PM

    Here's a discussion from the team with some helpful tips for minimizing bounces too:

http://www.sparkpeople.com/
myspark/team_messageboard_threa
d.asp?board=0x1111x46496758

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JAZZEJR 2/27/2013 6:26PM

    Thanks for those links, TinaJane, because I'm super frustrated with my upward fluctions too. I'll check that out. Thanks for this blog!

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TINAJANE76 2/27/2013 6:23PM

    No, it's not a figment of your imagination and it does get easier with time. I've been a yo-yo dieter my whole life and one of my goals in maintenance has been to gradually minimize my ups and downs. I've varied by about 6 or 7 pounds since leveling off back in June and my goal for my second year of maintenance is to try to keep my variance under 5. If you're looking for some good articles and blogs, try checking out the 'team links" on the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team. They're pretty much all connected to maintenance and I know there are a few that specifically deal with minimizing weight fluctuations. You can find the links here:

http://www.sparkpeople.com/
myspark/groups_links.asp?gid=11
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Good luck!

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