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Maintenance is hard to do.--Adjust and readjust

Sunday, May 05, 2013

While I am trying to adjust to maintenance, my weight is up one week, the same the next and down 2 pounds the next. Up down, up down, I can't seem to adjust to not losing. I adjust my calories and gain, then I readjust and lose again. Now not being able to exercise it is all that more confusing.

While I was losing weight my calories range was 1200-1550 and I usually ate around 1230-1310 calories a day. This was comfortable, I knew how to handle it, I knew what to eat and what not to eat, what to eat in combination with what. Do you know what I mean? When I updated my program to maintenance my calories went to 1350. I wasn't eating that much losing weight, so now what was I going to do.

Obviously, I did the wrong thing. At night I let myself have a Skinny Cow ice cream cone. Wait that was good, I can have another, and another. Before I knew it I had 450 calories in Skinny Cow ice cream cones. Okay, no more Skinny Cow in the house until I learn how to control that portion size. I didn't care about the reaching my caloric range anymore, I ate between 1200-1300 calories a day again. Dropped 2.6 pounds.

Finally, I used the email a spark coach feature. I figured that I am in the Motivation & Consistency program but all they can tell me is they can't answer a question about maintenance. They gave me a link that I will share with you. www.sparkpeople.com/reso
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Now I put my hand on a bible and swear to God that I did a search--maintenance and never found this information. I looked under all the orange tabs. How do you find this information if it doesn't come up in a search and it is not under the orange tab? I am so glad I took the chance and emailed my question to a spark coach. I am going through the articles and understanding more about maintenance. I think, no I am sure that I will be able to do this. It will be a learning process, trial and error but I am not ever going to see 130 pounds again. As soon as I reach 129, it will be back to dropping a few pounds. Right now I am at 127.8 I don't know if it was my highest weight, as I didn't have a scale, but the day I started my journey, before even knowing about spark people, I weighed myself at my Mom's and I was 248 pounds. I weighed myself because my Mom and I were out shopping for a trip and I couldn't take the pain in my knees and back. She was in better condition than I was at the age of 85. What a wake up call.

I hope that in the near future they will have a Spark Coach Maintenance Program. Being sidelined for 6 weeks from exercise, I reset my program showing that and my calorie range dropped to 1230-1580

Whether you are losing weight or maintaining your weight there will be obstacles, detours and potholes. Thanks to my spark buddies, spark people, the coaches we can emoticon
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LEWILL1982 5/9/2013 8:54AM

    Maintenance is harder than losing the weight. We know how to lose and we certainly know how to gain, its that middle ground we need to figure out. When I get back to goal, I'm going to check in with you again and ask for your guidance :-)

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KIMBERLY_Y 5/8/2013 8:37PM

    I really appreciate your blog comments. I too reached my goal weight and I am finding it difficult to maintain. Up and down seems to be the trend. Thanks for the info.

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TINAJANE76 5/8/2013 7:42PM

    Please also check out the "Big Page of Links" we've compiled on the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team. It's our very own maintenance resource center and has got links to blogs, articles and research on a variety of maintenance-related topics. It's posted on our team page, but you can go to it directly here:

tinyurl.com/maintenanc
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DEEDEE1102 5/8/2013 4:40PM

    Thanks for the link. I've been struggling with this and my weight keeps going up and down. I think this will be useful as I also try to figure this out.
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MRS_TOAD 5/8/2013 8:42AM

    You are doing so well! Keep up the great work.

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GABIBEAR 5/5/2013 11:33PM

    Thanks for the post Bonnie. I haven't reached maintenance phase yet, but will certainly look at it in a different way. Congrats on your journey - where you came from and your consistency and discipline in maintaining.
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PEZMOM1 5/5/2013 9:57PM

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1CRAZYDOG 5/5/2013 8:55PM

    Maintenance is not easy, but neither was the road @ the start of this journey. It seems to become more "2nd Nature" as time goes on. But that's because like you, I tweak things as I go along to meet my needs. That's part and parcel of making ANY lifesyle habits stick.

So, keep on maintaining! Do what you know is working for you. I eat up to 1250 cal/day and that's where my body seems happiest. If my bod is happy, then so am I!

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CHOCOHIPPO 5/5/2013 7:47PM

    Sounds like you have it all under control. Great job!!!!

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LOFLLAMA 5/5/2013 3:45PM

    Maintenance! Now that's funny! My idea of Maintenance at this time of my life is this: I maintain to be able to change at any given moment! You are doing great! You should be very proud of yourself! I am proud of you!
Lisa

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LIVEDAILY 5/5/2013 12:39PM

    I agree with you...I think our bodies have a natural set point in terms of calories/carbs/fat/protein that is optimal for each individual. YOU do your best between 1200 - 1300; I do my best, so far, between 1230 - 1400, even though my upper limit is higher than that. I'm continually getting messages telling me that I'm not eating enough for the amount of fitness that I'm doing.
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You do what's best for you. It will always be an ongoing process.

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SKIRNIR 5/5/2013 11:54AM

    I still appreciate the maintenance team on spark. Many of us have the same problems and we set a range of what we want to weigh, so that we don't worry about the pound up, pound down, etc. It really does help. I think of my range as about 118 to about 122. Weighed about 123 recently, so getting back to my 120ish weight. The maintenance team also loves sharing their thoughts, and answering any questions and supporting newbies.

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MNNICE 5/5/2013 11:29AM

    Maintenance is definitely a long and winding road!

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AUNTB63 5/5/2013 10:29AM

    I look at maintenance as just another bend in the road of our journey. We need to embrace it just like we did when we started SP. Learning as we go, tweaking when needed. I found my plan weight loss plan using SP as a guide and I guess I will try to do the same thing with maintenance. That being said. I know YOU will find the balance you need to maintain....after all YOU accomplished so much while losing weight....YOU can do this.
I do agree a Spark Coach for maintaining would be great. Maybe we can find out if they are planning on doing this....who knows maybe it's in the making.....Have a great Sunday....and please work on that Skinny Cow ice cream moderation.....they are just so tasty. emoticon

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