When we hit maintenance, it is suggested that our maintenance range be goal weight, plus or minus 5 pounds. So a couple pounds still puts you in maintenance range. No big deal.
The thing is to get back on track before it becomes a total downhill slide. I knew all along, the whole time I was losing the weight, that maintenance was going to be the real test for me. I've lost a ton (probably, literally!) of weight over the years, but always put it all (plus more) back on. I've been in maintenance for a while now, and yes indeed there have been some "ups", but never more than that 5 pound allowance. And I got rid of all my larger clothes, as extra incentive to not put the weight back on. If I gain more than a few pounds, I will literally have nothing to wear!
So really, no you have "ruined" your goal weight. You've been successful losing the weight-- YAY!! Go YOU!! -- and now you're just learning how to maintain.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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