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Near my goal, now what?

Saturday, May 18, 2013

So, last week, I lost a pound and, surprise, this week, I lost two pounds. I'm very happy about that but it is strange after losing only about a 1/4 or 1/2 lb. a week or gaining and losing the same 1-2 pounds forever. emoticon

Now, I'm unexpectedly getting near my goal weight. I'm a little worried about that but I did join a couple maintenance teams, today, just to start getting ready for when I reach my goal. emoticon

Life is going to be a little more unstructured once school's out, too, which could be a concern especially in the eating department. emoticon

I'm not really sure why I'm putting this blog out there -- maybe to get me to start thinking about what I need to do next. I really want to keep this weight off for good this time. I'm already on my second attempt and I don't want to do it, again. It's been a lot harder to lose this time, too. Anyway, if anyone has some good suggestions, I would appreciate hearing them.

Thanks!

P.S. Any clues on how to get rid of saddlebags? That weight doesn't seem to be disappearing! emoticon
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KAYOTIC 5/21/2013 10:04AM

    Congrats on getting so close to goal, and you are smart to start thinking about maintenance now. There are lots of good tips on starting out maintaining on the maintenance teams, so browse through those, and ask questions!

If you feel like you have more trouble with the summer because it's unstructured, maybe you can try to build yourself some structure. Even if it's self imposed, it may help you focus on your goals. Maybe sign up for a race or event that will keep you focused on healthy habits? Start a goal to cook more healthy foods for you and your family? Join some Spark challenges that can keep you focused on a healthy lifestyle, and keep making changes toward that, even while at goal.



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JENSHAINES 5/19/2013 9:38AM

    You ROCK and should be SO proud of yourself! And GOOD for you for being proactive about maintenance!

Read gokaleo.com on saddle bags. It's all part of our bodies and it's all good. Weight training/strength training is always nice, too.

You are an inspiration! emoticon

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ARCHIMEDESII 5/19/2013 6:16AM

    If you are that close to goal, it's time to start thinking about maintenance. I know how difficult it is to lose weight, but keeping it off is even harder. No one should be on a permanent diet. at some point, you have to start thinking about what you need to do in order to keep the weight off.

As far as saddlebags, I hate to say it, but you may be stuck because of genetics. Some women are predisposed to carry weight around certain areas of their body. Some women carry it around their hips, some around their tushies, some around their boobs and others have saddlebags.

Here's the good news. If you've lost weight, those saddlebags probably aren't as overwhelming as they were when you were heavier. that's a good thing. What to do for now ?

What are you doing for strength training ? If you haven't been strength training, time to consider adding it to your exercise routine. Strength training won't get rid of the saddlebags, BUT it will help give your legs more definition. And well, perhaps adding a bit of lean muscle could help reduce them some more. You can't fight genetics. You have to work with genetics.



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4EVERNESS 5/19/2013 1:12AM

    A little fear of success? read some online psych junk, it should help ya through that part of it.

Saddlebags...hmmm, have you tried riding bicycle with full extension? (and if you do it at a correct angle, you can also maximize abs while you're at it....)

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XNANNY 5/19/2013 12:08AM

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GLORIAMAJDI 5/18/2013 9:57PM

    Oh wow, this is so awesome! I think you are right to start thinking now about maintenance. It is certainly a mindset but there is so much support and info here on SP that I don't think that you will have a problem with it. Start now planning your strategy. You might need to make some adjustments to your calories for maintenance but I would keep the exercise up for the toning part. I think spot reduction is just plain hard - cardio does seem to work best but strength training helps too to build definition and muscle tone.

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DJ4HEALTH 5/18/2013 9:25PM

    I would combine cardio with weight strengthening to help build muscles that will help with making your muscles firm and that will pull some of the skin closer. depending on how much skin you have and your age too.

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OAKTREE10 5/18/2013 9:17PM

    congrats! and i am even a little "jelly" (guess that is what the "hip" thing to say, if you are jealous!) lol! you WILL maintain this time, i am sure! the other people who posted i agree with! walking is the best, i think.

keep up the great work, and remember, even when you do get to your target weight, you made the choice that this is a lifestyle change!

you TOTALLY inspire me, keep up the great work!

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DRIEDOUT 5/18/2013 8:44PM

    You have all the tools you need. Everything you've been practicing along the losing journey. You can trust that you know what to do. You can keep on doing what you do.

You may not even need to write it down all the time, unless you want to.
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MJREIMERS 5/18/2013 7:02PM

    Join the SparkTeam, At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance. We are a group that has had great success keeping the weight off. One of our members just celebrated 26 years of keeping her weight off. It's a team full of support and ideas for maintaining.

Walking long distances and/or running will help with the saddlebags. You didn't get those saddlebags overnight so be patient. It will take time for them to "disappear." emoticon emoticon

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AMBERZADE67 5/18/2013 5:59PM

    Saddlebags ... I think I'm going to have some pockets of skin on my thighs when I am done ... and I am thinking plastic surgery.

I bet if you keep doing what you've been doing you'll be fine. emoticon

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BLACKWOLF88 5/18/2013 4:52PM

  I honestly have no advice except deep down inside your self you can do, but just need to learn or incorporate some discipline or add more, great work, I need some.

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HLKLJGK 5/18/2013 3:50PM

    Great work getting to your goal! I imagine you had to learn what to do to make important changes in the beginning, and in this new phase you'll do the same. You've succeeded once, you'll ace the next steps, too.

Saddlebags... tricky, and often somewhat hereditary. Have you tried a moderately paced walk for an hour most days of the week? This seems to be helping me. I know for me they won't disappear, so I just try to focus on my overall success and how amazing the human body truly is. I'm lucky that I can do what I can - some can't...

Good luck!

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