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Maybe I'm getting it?

Saturday, May 11, 2013

It's been 7 weeks since I reached my goal of 130. Maintenance has been a dance of fine tuning the calories in vs. out and retraining my mind OUT of "weight loss mode."

I always want to have enough calories left for an evening snack. It has become quite a struggle not to have more calories left at the end of the day than my stomach can comfortably hold. It seems I was trying to maintain by eating in weight loss mode until dinner. That strategy DID NOT WORK for me! I kept losing down to 124.4 pounds.

So I have had to add food to lunch and snacks as well as dinner. (I've always kept my regular breakfast.) I'm up to 1,650-1,700 calories a day now (up from the 1,200-1,300 when I was losing and the 1,500 that caused a gain when I was a week or two into maintenance). It seems to be working. I've been 125.0 for the past 3 days. Yay!

I don't know if this level will continue or need to be tweaked again, but I'm feeling much more confident in finding the balance, wherever it needs to be.

Thanks so much to my friends who have shared their maintenance experiences with me and been such good examples! Thanks also to my friends who have been there for me (listening and encouraging) through the hard and easier parts of this journey. It wouldn't have been nearly as enjoyable without you!!!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PROUD-GRANDMA 5/19/2013 10:54AM

    You inspire me! Great job! I agree it's finding the balance.

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KENDRACARROLL 5/16/2013 10:55AM

    Congratulations! You're doing great.
This maintenance things takes fine-tuning as you go along, but isn't it great to have arrived?
Keep up the good work!

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MEADSBAY 5/14/2013 10:22PM

    Good for you monitoring your situation so closely.

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TINAJANE76 5/14/2013 6:53PM

    Hooray for you! It does take some time to get this maintenance thing down, but it's a great feeling when all the pieces really start falling into place. Congratulations on getting it down!

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BATMAN_FOREVER 5/14/2013 9:16AM


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WATERMELLEN 5/12/2013 10:56AM

    Excellent! As you say, it's a continuous process of fine-tuning to achieve the balance you want!

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KANOE10 5/12/2013 9:29AM

    I am glad you are figuring out a calorie range that works for you. I also kept losing for a while in early maintenance, You are doing very well, Spark Friend. You are staying focused and on track. You can do it.

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SLENDERELLA61 5/11/2013 11:41PM

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing this great maintenance experience!! -Marsha

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MARILYNROBERT 5/11/2013 7:05PM

    I'm going to be there one of these days and enjoy learning from you ahead of time. I'm in such awe of folks who are in maintenance and love to read about their journey.

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