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
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
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