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6/5/08 9:25 P

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Thanks for the kind words Helen! I think the varied terrain does burn more calories than say walking on a sidewalk or flat on a treadmill, so you may be ok logging that as hiking. It sounds like your acitvities are quite varied, and while I do some "out there" activities, we all do things that please and motivate us activity-wise and that's what counts.

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6/4/08 10:28 P

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Thanks, Kayotic. That's pretty good advice for healthfully increasing my daily calories. I checked out your page, and you really do look like an active person (who's a little more courageous than I). I do enjoy playing racquetball 2x/week for 60 minutes, Power Yoga 2x/week for 105 minutes, and a really brisk walk across our VERY rocky beach with my dog for 5-6x/week also for 60+ minutes. I'm guessing that the balancing required to navigate those rocks burns more calories than just standard walking. I usually count this as 'hiking' in my fitness tracker. Does anyone think that's a fair comparison or not?

Seems we also have a lot in common... I am 40, also 5'4", also on the best journey of my life to be peaceful and joyous with myself. Your page inspired me.
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6/4/08 10:04 P

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I probably eat around that range, and am very active, gym during the week, and lots of outdoor activities on weekends. I'm also a recent convert to "clean eating" meaning I've pretty much cut out most processed foods, and I don't eat anything if it has HFCS or hydrogenated fats in it. To add nutritious calories, you can up your intake of nuts, and nut butters, some cheese, if you currently use non-fat dairy, switch to low fat and see how that goes. I do have a glass of wine with dinner most nights, and I use half-and-half in my cup of coffee in the morning. And the occasional square of dark chocolate! But mostly I've been trying to make sure I'm getting 5-9 servings of fruits and veggies, and eat whole grains, lean protein. So far so good!

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New goal: more practical new goal, 129, update ticker to reflect that goal.

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"Don''t let yesterday use up too much of today." Will Rogers

"Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants" Michael Pollan



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HBELCASTRO's Photo HBELCASTRO Posts: 266
6/3/08 11:24 P

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calories in - calories out.

If you want to increase your activity, simply estimate how many calories you will burn in a week, and enter this in your activities goals. SP will recalculate your calorie range for nutrition. I'm currently struggling with this issue too... I've just recently reached my GW, and want to continue my 'heavy' activities, and I struggle to consume the recommended 1,850 to 2200 cals/day that I am supposed to eat, without starting to eat junk. I guess it means I can indulge a little bit with some of my favourites like cheese and wine (in my range, of course).

Good luck.

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6/3/08 10:28 P

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I can currently relate to what you are saying with an additional question to ask these long time experts. I want to exercise lots because I'm having lot's of fun doing lots of outdoor stuff and it makes you sooo hungry. Advice on upping your activity while maintaining would be appreciated.

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I second the Google 15 -- a GREAT tool!!!

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6/3/08 3:32 P

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Fluctuations in weight are normal. I installed "The Google 15" on my igoogle page, it is a cool little tool that calculates averages and tells you if your weight trend is up or down. See more at http://www.red-bean.com/fitz/ig/google15/f
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6/3/08 3:29 P

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Thanks guys. I am doing a gradual increase on the calories. I used to stay in the 1350 range with a spike up and down on occasion. Now I am staying in the 1450 range and remaining at 150lb. For now I am weighing daily. If I stay at this weight so be it. I can live with this. Thanks for all your help.

 
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Are you keeping track of your sodium intake? That is the number one thing that will cause me to gain even if I am in my calorie range. Make sure you are keeping the processed foods at a minimum and watching that sodium.

Either way, it is great that you are here! Maintenance is just another stage of the weight loss. It is easy to lose, but I think finding the right way to keep maintenance can be tough. You will do it, and we are always here!!!

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I second (third!) the idea of adding calories or new foods a little at a time instead of all at once. Also, I think most people on this team recommend setting your goal weight to your current weight (like you did), but setting the goal date far in the future. Is your goal date far enough in the future? Would this affect the calorie calculations? (It doesn't work for me since I'm on Spark5, but I know it is what many people do.)

Welcome to maintenance! You can do it. We all have our setbacks--I've had mine--but this SparkTeam is very supportive and we will help you out! Just keep posting and we'll think everything through together.

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I too am just starting maintenance with a new low of 115. I have given myself a 5 pound range as well. 115 to 120. That way I don't stress out about a little gain. Your body will fluctuate daily bu a pound or tow, or maybe 3 at times, but it will even itself out.

I like the idea of adding 100calories per day and testing the caloric intake that way. I'll have to try that as I don't want to lose any more. Thanks so much. emoticon

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6/3/08 1:28 P

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One thing that I have found helpful when transitioning from 'losing' to 'maintaining' in the first few weeks, is to increase your daily caloric intake by 100 calories per day, for one week. The 2nd week, add yet another 100 calories per day for that full week, and so on. This allows your body to slowly get used to accepting more food without shocking it by all of a sudden increasing by 500 calories per day. This was a practice recommended by a very good weight loss club in England that I attended many years ago. Guess what, I never gained. This also helps you to identify what caloric range your specific body, combined with your exercise routine, is comfortable at. So, after four weeks, let's say you've steadily added 100 cals/day for a week, so now you've added 400 calories a day to what you were eating when you were losing, and you start to see the scale climbing, then you still increase to 500 the next week, and if the scale climbs again, you know you've hit your body's daily calorie requirements, and you know where you should be targeting each day. Calculations done by SP or any other formula are only averages.

Good luck.

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6/3/08 1:21 P

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I wouldn't worry about what WW considers "undereating". If you were on Core, you wouldn't count points anyway, so nobody could claim you were undereating. We're all different, and we each have to do what works for us. If 1400 calories works for your body, so be it. And, yes, it is sometimes harder to maintain than to lose it in the first place (for some of us). But it is SO worth it!

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I was losing weight when I went on my maintenance diet so I had to increase the calories a bit.

I noticed I do go up and down. I try to weigh in once a week and not react until a couple of weeks pass by and I see my weight going up or going down. I'm satisfied as long as I don't go over or under my goal my 5 lbs.

You'll find a balance it just takes time for your habits and body to adapt.

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I gained a few pounds not long after I was on my maintainence program for about 2 weeks. I just kept playing around with my calories in and out numbers till I found one that worked for me. Hang in there and be patient, you'll find the right numbers. :)

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It may take some time for your body to adjust to maintenance just as it did to losing. I don't think that just because the scale showed you up three pounds after the first week that it means you would gain three pounds a week on 1500 calories a day. It was probably just one of those days. Most of us here don't remain steadily at our goal weight. It goes up and down, so we try to stay in a 5 pound range.

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6/3/08 12:07 P

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YES! I've been having the same problem. I've been watching the scale go up slowly...but I'm still working out and I've adjusted all my nutrition and fitness goals as well. I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet, maybe go back to what was working before...walking & 1350-ish calories.

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6/3/08 12:00 P

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So after I reached my goal of 150 and joined this team I reset my goals to reflect a new calorie range. I showed the current 150 and used that no. as a goal and then pushed the goal date out by a month. Now I have my new maintenance calorie range. (I didn't change my fitness) so I up my cals to the low end of the new range and on weigh-in day have gained 3 lbs! At 1500 cals a day and 3 lbs a week I'll be up to 180 in less time than it took me to take it off. So now I am eating around 1400 per day, so it shows that I am undereating, and I am at 150 steadily, I have increased my cardio as well. It seems that I have to work harder to maintain than I did to lose. I did have 3 week plateaus when I was losing and then I would drop 3 lbs so maybe I'll lose 3 lbs next time I check, but I sure as heck didn't do this so I could become a vigilant, obsessive, compulsive scale watcher! Anyone else dealing with this?

 
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