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Approaching Maintenance

Monday, March 11, 2013

Well - I'm 3.5 lbs above my maintenance goal!

I've been losing at a rate around 1.5-2 lbs a week for most of this journey. But for the past 4 weeks I've been slowing it down. I've been increasing my calories a little at a time, and now I'm losing about .3-.5 lbs a week. My goal is to find the "sweet spot" calorie range at right about the same time that I hit my goal weight.

I'm doing this on purpose because when I hit my maintenance range, I want to really maintain. I want to focus on building muscle and endurance and health. I want to be eating what I use, and having all of that food be high-quality, body-fueling food (OK, not all of it. I'll keep having my red wine and dark chocolate)

I joined a maintenance team and started psyching myself up for the transition.

The hardest part for me will be the lack of a specific goal. "indefinite maintenance" is not something my brain is well wired to do.... be it keeping my room clean, or keeping up with other good habits.

I did find out about this recently:
The National Weight Control Registry is a database of weight maintainers who have lost at least 30 lbs and kept it off for at least a year. They use yearly surveys and other data from members for ongoing scientific research on weight maintenance.

I am SO into this idea! I love science, and I love the idea of being part of a study. I think it will make me more motivated to maintain. So I'm throwing that out there - maybe it will motivate some of you as well :-)
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    Thanks for your thoughts. I am also approaching my weight loss goal and I have started thinking about maintenance. I am adding you as a friend because I think it will be great to watch and learn from someone who is approaching the same issues as me. Best wishes!!
    1834 days ago
    It's definitely a challenge making the transition from weight-loss mode to maintenance mode, but there are lots of people here who are doing it. I've been at maintenance for just over a year and am still learning things and making small adjustments all the time. Stay connected here and keep on doing what you're doing. Give us a shout on the maintenance team if you need any help along the way.
    1834 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Good for you almost reaching maintenance. You have done a great job. I joined the registry and enjoy being part of it. Great job on planning ahead and joining a maintenance team.


    1834 days ago
    You have worked hard for this accomplishment, well done! You're so right, maintenance is a different way of thinking and behaving. You are smart to be aware of how you relate to things, good luck as you approach and begin this new part of your health journey!! emoticon
    1834 days ago
    emoticon to almost-maintenance!

    It can seem sort of big and fuzzy, but it's really just about watching what's going on, and making small adjustments to stay where you want to be. That in itself can be kind of challenging!

    Lots of us started thinking about it before we got there, and for me I think that's what made the difference between this time and the last time I lost 100+ lbs...
    1835 days ago
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