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11/30/07 9:58 A

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When I first got into maintaining, it was a shock to me to stop tracking and, like a kid, I ate everything I could. But, before I could do too much damage, I went back to step 3 and regrouped.

Now I find that a lot of days I can go without tracking or at leat track just enough to see how the calories are headed that day.

Of course, every one is different in this, so I hope that you find your own stragedy.

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11/29/07 12:00 P

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Thanx Jenna, that does help. I do think it's a mind thing. I'm so used to eating less that adding in calories doesn't feel right. And I'm really not hungry most of the time. I don't want to eat if I'm not hungry, just to get the calories up. I'll take it a day at a time and see what happens.

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11/28/07 11:39 A

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Felina - I was like that at first more because I think subconsciously I thought if I ate more I would regain what I had lost. I forgot that I was consistently doing more exercise and that that would carry me through with the extra calories and eventually I did get hungry enough to actually need the extra calories in order to maintain and not continue losing. Hope this helps.


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11/28/07 11:15 A

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At this point I'm still recording what I eat, calories, grams of fiber, and how many servings of fruits/veggies I have each day. This is the same way I journalled to lose the weight.

I redid my calorie range, setting it to lose 5 pounds in six months. That gives me a new range of 1420-1770 calories a day, instead of the 1200-1550 range I had for weight loss. I want to increase my intake gradually, by about 100 calories a day. However, I find that I'm just not hungry and can barely get to 1300 a day. I record my meal plan for the day but end up crossing off stuff I planned to eat, because I'm not hungry. Has anybody else encountered this (not being hungry & not reaching the maintenance calories) when first starting maintenance?

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11/27/07 6:54 P

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I've heard this advice: Give yourself a 3-5 pound range to stay in. If you get to the high end of the range, track until it's back down. That's what I'm doing. As for the journal, I do that daily still. Even if it's just "Awesome job today". If I have a "bad" day, the journal helps me think about why.




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11/27/07 10:47 A

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Welcome!! :D

I continued to track for about 4 months -- it was actually a week-long vacation that broke me of the tracking habit. Once I got back, I just didn't want to anymore, so I decided to experiment with not tracking to see how it would go... so far, so good! :D

It's so true... not tracking is NOT carte blanche to pig out! You still have to maintain your good habits! :D


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11/25/07 1:15 P

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I think you hit the nail on the head about tracking. If you need the discipline of tracking to stay on track then it's better to do it. If you think you can stick to healthy eating w/out it, then that's the time to try it out. Not tracking is not an excuse to eat everything in site. I keep learning that lesson when the scale starts to creep up, but fortunately, I've somehow found my way this time.

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FELINA's Photo FELINA Posts: 11,417
11/25/07 12:47 P

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Thank you all for the great input, this really helps. It's good to see what others are doing. I will continue to track indefinitely for now and maybe try a day without recording here and there, to see how I do. I also tend to not eat the way I should if I'm not recording. My food journal makes me accountable. I want to maintain this weight until after the Holidays, until sometime in January, when I plan to try to lose another ten pounds.

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11/24/07 1:43 P

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It is a personal decision whether to track or not. It is helpful, especially at the beginning to track, you need to get an idea of how your eating is going to be, what works and doesn't work to maintain your current weight range. I stopped tracking because it was too time consuming, and I was tracking almost the same things every day anyway. You can always ease off the tracking during the week and track on weekends, and you can always go back to tracking if you see a gain. That's what I do. I track my workouts in my Polar program since it came w/ my HRM, but I don't track my food unless I go over my goal weight range for a period and it doesn't come right back down again.

Hope that helps, and Congrats on making your goal!

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MARED71's Photo MARED71 Posts: 750
11/24/07 1:31 P

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Congratulations!!
I have been maintaining for about 6 weeks now, and am still tracking my food and exercise. I find that is my best motivator for staying on track. I tend to 'forget' to eat enough fruits and vegetables if I don't keep a record.
Because I have lost weight in the past and regained a lot of it, I am very cautious. I don't want that to happen again. You may not be as likely to eat everything in sight as I seem to, so you may not need to be as vigilant. Good luck.
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11/24/07 1:10 P

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Felina, congratulations on getting to goal!

I continued tracking for about a month, but some people continue tracking indefinitely after reaching their goal weight. Some people just track on the weekends because they need more support on those days. Whatever works for you!

Although, like I said, I stopped tracking a few weeks ago, I decided to start again for a couple of days because I've been doing too much snacking in the evening. When I get a handle on that, I'll take a break from tracking again. I can also imagine going back to daily tracking if I see too much movement on the scale in the wrong direction.

Again, emoticon ! and much success in reaching your new goals!

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11/24/07 1:08 P

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emoticon emoticon emoticon Reaching your goal is exciting and scary at all the same time. I still keep up my food journal because I don't want to go off track and I'm not sure if I will ever stop tracking because I just don't want to go back to that fat old lady. As for when to stop - only you can judge when you think you are OK and know enough about your calorie intake to stop recording. Me, I just keep it as another tool. Again, congratulations on a job well done!


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11/24/07 1:03 P

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I reached my goal a week ago today and today is my first official day on my maintenance plan. I continued following my weight loss plan until lunchtime on Thanksgiving, then took the rest of that day and yesterday as free days. Now I'm ready to get down to business. I redid my goals to see how many more calories I can eat, but I redid it as if I want to lose 5 pounds in the next 6 months. That only ups my calories by about 220 a day. That sounds less scarey to me.

My big question is about my food journal. It's been a great tool for me, keeps me honest, and I'm afraid to give it up for fear that if I'm not "reporting in" I'll mess up. How long should I keep recording? How will I know when it's safe to stop?

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