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Saturday, April 13, 2013

March 23rd, I officially hit my goal of 130 pounds. I spent time basking in the glow of that accomplishment - 29 pounds gone.

I didn't change my eating right away. I thought I'd lose bit more so every ounce gained wouldn't panic me. I easily got down to 128. I had been eating about 1200 calories a day since November.

Watermellen has a rule of thumb that says 10 calories daily per pound she wants to keep. I began to transition to maintenance by eating 1300 calories a day, but I kept losing weight. I got down to 126.6.

I upped the calories to about 1420 a day (which is what Sparkpeople recommends for me) and gained weight back to 127.8 in a day. Hmmm.

I liked being 126ish. It took 3 days to get back there. I seem to need more than 1300 and less than 1420 calories at my current activity level. It's a balancing act at which I am not yet proficient.

I changed my goal weight to 129, so I could say I'd lost 30 pounds. I've actually lost 32.5 :-) I've changed my ticker to a range with 129 in the center.

My daughter's upcoming June wedding gives me extra motivation to keep this weight and learn the balancing act. By the time I've been at it for 2 more months, I might have learned enough to keep it up forever. Wish me luck...
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    That is soooo wonderful! keep it up! i know what you mean about the calories and trial and error. its all trial and error. but if you gain a pound in a day, chances are it was just bloat/water. this is awesome and encouraging. thanks!
    1633 days ago
  • MILLIE5522
    emoticon You are doing great!

    I am experimenting with the number of calories a day too. I have been maintaining for nearly 8 months and am trying to settle for 1750 cals average per day but I still keep going up and down 2 or 3 lbs which is a bit difficult to cope with at times. I suppose I will have to accept that that is what my body does and that it shouldn't matter as my measurements have remained the same. emoticon
    1638 days ago
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    1640 days ago
    Honey you don't need luck you've got sparkpeople and the spark tools you have learned how to use. WOOHOO! Keep up the great job!
    1640 days ago
  • KAB7801
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  • MAREE1953
    Congratulations on reaching your weight loss goal and welcome to "Maintenance" land. Good for you to realize that this is a tricky stage which requires vigilance and lots of adjustments. I reached goal 6/15/11, but am still "tweaking". So grateful for the At Goal and Maintaining Team at Sparkpeople, as this is where it's at!! Best wishes for continued success and good health!!
    1647 days ago
    Congratulations! Wishing you all the best! I know you can keep it off. Linda from bean town emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1647 days ago
    Amazing! You are such an inspiration!
    1647 days ago
    Congrats!!!! It can be done ;)
    1647 days ago
    Wow! I am toying with declaring myself at goal--I'd like 145 but seem so stuck at 150 + or - 2 pounds. I will have to read your old blogs and shamelessly copy! I will keep exercising and tracking that and food but I am tired of being sad that the numbers don't go down....

    EXCELLENT and the wedding party will take a back seat to the gorgeous mother of the bride!
    1647 days ago
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    Good Health!!
    1647 days ago
  • MARTY728
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  • MOMMY445
    you are doing so well! congrats on reaching your goal weight! woo hoo! have a fabulous day!
    1648 days ago
    Welcome to the new world!! emoticon
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  • _LINDA
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    Tracking carefully does it for me too! You are going to be looking fabulous for your daughter's wedding!!
    Keep up the great work!!!
    1648 days ago
    Congratulations on reaching your goal weight. You sound like you have it pretty well under control. Hope your daughter's wedding is fabulous!
    1648 days ago
    emoticon emoticon on all your accomplishments!!!
    1648 days ago
    Look at all the people who have commented on your blog already! Gosh! Isn't this a fabulous site???

    Congrats on working so hard at determining your correct calorie intake, and congrats on losing your weight.

    1648 days ago
    Yes, it's a balancing act. I have a year of making the weight go sideways, but I don't think I've gone more than 4 months without having to adjust my calorie range one way or the other to keep the weight from trending up or down. Sometimes I can tell why I need to adjust the range, other times I can't.
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    I too found my maintenance range thanks to Spark people and I eat around 1400 to 1500 calories daily and it's working for me and most of exercise is gentle.. I only use the stationary bike every other day.

    Keep up the good work!
    1648 days ago
    Your blog was a eye-opener to me about what I may experience if I ever get to the maintenance leg of my journey. I like your straight forward do what it takes approach. I'm not familiar with you (yet!) but at least from this blog, it seems that you are keeping the emotions out of your quest for the weight at which you feel most healthy and the tweaking you are employing toward that goal. That really is refreshing and encouraging! Good for you! Thank you for the positive motivation and insight into maintenance. Congratulations!
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    That is awesome for reaching your goal! emoticon
    1648 days ago
  • MY1FAN
    emoticon I haven't figured it all out myself. I'm working on upping my calories to stay at 130 and not go under.
    1648 days ago
  • UPTOIT59
    best of luck to you- I haven't figured it all out yet myself!
    1648 days ago
    congrats on reaching your goal and below. I normally "diet" if you will so that I can get under goal and then splurge. Although right now I am having a health problem and I am having trouble putting weight on. It should get some answers tomorrow from a GI doctor. My goal is 110 and I am at 105. Good thing I am small boned.
    Have a terrific day.
    1648 days ago
    As had been said over and over, its a balancing act! Congratulations at reaching (and going under) your goal weight!! emoticon
    1648 days ago
    Good job and congrats! You and I are so much alike. I WAS the proproverbial yoyo but SparkPeople has made me understand that this is a lifestyle, not a diet.I reached my goal weight of 128 on 3/22/2012. It was 130 and I kept on losing. I'm holding steady now around 124. For me it seems that I am no longer leading a sedentary life style so my calorie needs have changed. I walk briskly every single day, something I never did before in my life. Just to top off the similarities I too am a bookaphile, love to sew and quilt.

    You WILL be able to do it forever. I personally am coming up to 60 weeks and it really is beginning to feel like it will be forever!
    1648 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/18/2013 2:00:11 PM
    Congratulations on your success! (I have to say I've never ever had the situation where I "kept losing" and had to gain it back) That's pretty awesome. But I've maintained a 60 pound loss for 6 years. It has become increasingly harder since I retired from a very active and adored career last June. It's a new balancing act. Always a challenge, but worth it!!!!
    You are a great example for your family. Have a beautiful wedding!
    1648 days ago
  • _JODI404
    emoticon on reaching your goal weight!! Your body will definitely settle into a goal weight range that is comfortable to maintain without a lot of "struggle". Sounds like you are right in that zone!

    Keep doing what you are doing with good choices and you have GOT IT!!

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    1648 days ago
    Right where I am . . . learning and trying to get it right.

    Congrats on your success!

    1648 days ago
    Congratulations on your success! Good luck on finding the right balance and enjoy your daughter's wedding with pride!!
    1648 days ago
  • MKELLY72
    It can be quite a delicate balance between gaining back and losing more than we want--it seems to be a dynamic that continues for me after a year.
    Keep tweaking with it--you'll find what works for you:)
    1648 days ago
    Bravo to you! It's amazing how we have to tweak every little bit to find the sweet spot that works for us. It's all so individual!
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    1649 days ago
    Congrats! Be aware, though, that you won't burn the same number of calories each day no matter how you try to measure. Even a car, a machine, get slightly different mileage out of every gallon of gas. Over time it all works out, though.
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    emoticon Maintenance is a balancing act. One I haven't figured out yet myself. I started in a maintenance weight of 130 in January. I'm now down to using a maintenance weight of 120. I like how I look at 120 so I'm not going to deliberately gain ten pounds back. It is definitely a balancing act. My weight can go up or down three pounds or more in a day due to water.
    1649 days ago
    Congratulations! It is a continuous balancing act! Miss a few workouts, eat less. Workout extra, add in another piece of fruit... Regular weigh-ins & measurements do help me quickly discover when I need to adjust!
    1649 days ago
    You are doing great in planning for maintaining. Congratulations on your daughter's wedding.
    1649 days ago
    Sounds as if you're in it for the long haul this time...congrats!
    1649 days ago
    Congratulations! I originally lost 45+ pounds her on Spark, but didn't really have that balancing act down. I have about 10 lbs left to get to the low end of where I want to be.....and stay. I will get there, with the leaadership and inspiration of fellow team members like you!
    1649 days ago
    Oh won't you have fun at your daughter's wedding knowing you look slim and trim?

    Congratulations on claiming the body you want. emoticon
    1649 days ago
    Congratulations! So much of life is about finding the right balance.
    1649 days ago
    You're doing so well emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1649 days ago
    Love your blog - Congratulations on your ongoing success! I hit goal today and like you I will have to tweak my calories and my workouts to keep things panned out! emoticon
    1649 days ago
    I do wish you luck with maintenance, but with the focus and consistency you have shown in your time I'm sure luck won't be it, but YOU! Congratulations on all you have accomplished. I trust you will look smashing at your daugher's wedding!
    1649 days ago
  • POPSY190
    That is a wonderful achievement.
    1649 days ago
    Great work! Maintaining is a constant balance and a challenge. You'll do fine, just keep yourself accountable.

    1649 days ago
    You are doing great fine-tuning it all-
    allow for some absolutely normal fluctuations day to day.

    1652 days ago
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