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7/12/08 3:50 P

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Track for as long as it takes to feel comfortable with the lifestyle change. If you feel like taking a bread from tracking, remember you should still eat as if you were tracking. Like Robin mentioned, I still measure some foods, just to keep control of the portion size, even though I've not been tracking them or counting calories for over a year. I can always start tracking again if I need to, but for now I'm doing well, and staying w/ in my 5b maintenance range without it.

Everyone defines succes in maintenance in their own way, it's not good or bad to track or not track, it's just perhaps different comfort levels for people. I still track on a higher level, I weigh myself daily, others choose weekly or monthly weigh-ins. I keep track of my water and fruit and veggie intake, and I love to see how many minutes I'm working out.

Whatever works for you is what you should do. Don't be afraid to try different things, you can always go back if it isn working.

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7/12/08 8:36 A

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I like that bank account analogy too. It helped me see that tracking food is nothing to feel guilty about (for maybe being obsessive).

I will continue to monitor my bank account for a while longer (a year at least). :-)

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7/11/08 9:10 P

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Thanks for the input. I love the comparison to keeping up with your calories like you do your bank account. Its funny but I think of foods in terms of "cost" And it makes sense that you need to stay in touch with how much you are "spending" each day.
I will stay in touchand check in each evening to balance my account!

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7/11/08 11:06 A

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My husband and I are at a similar point (both moving into maintenance), although we've only lost about 50 pounds between the two of us. Both of us are still trying to find a place where we can maintain and not keep losing.

Honestly, I don't see myself EVER being able to eat without thinking about calories again. At the same time, I don't think I'll be tracking every bite here on Spark for the rest of my life. I'm hoping for a middle ground. I'm getting to the point where I can estimate calories fairly well and can keep a running total in my head throughout the day. I'm hoping to eventually be able to turn this skill into an ability to control my caloric intake without actually having to track on paper/online. When will this transition happen? No idea, but I'm hopeful I'll get there someday! For now, until I'm comfortable in maintenance, I'm gonna keep doing what's gotten me this far. And that's tracking everything I eat here on Spark.

And welcome to the team! Congrats on all you've accomplished so far!

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7/11/08 10:14 A

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I agree that tracking your food isn't just for dieting. Its important to keep track for maintenance also. I can't get on the site during the week, so I keep a calorie diary that goes with me everywhere. Its when I get away from it that I start to have problems.
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7/11/08 9:20 A

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I don't think of food tracking as dieting. I think of it as monitoring, like I do my bank account. It gives me a bit of accountability. Since I'm maintaining, if once in awhile I "blow" it or don't track, eh, start over the next day. I don't always monitor my bank account on vacation (worth noting that this is when they're generally pre-paid trips), either.

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7/10/08 7:44 P

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Congratulations on your successful weight loss! Yes, maintaining can be a challenge. I found it was most difficult at first, and then gets more of a "habit" over time. You've received some great feedback above. All I can add is this: Do everything you have done to lose the weight, only with more food.

That is, keep exercising, keep tracking, keep your head in the "game," just gradually add more calories (exchange fat free for reduced or full, that type of thing) until your weight stabilizes within a comfortable range. Know that your weight will not stay the exact same number...set a range that you are happy with and aim to stay within it.

Post often and let us know how you are doing!

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7/10/08 10:30 A

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I continued tracking and adjusting my calorie/point intake for about 18 months after I made my original goal of 132 lbs. I lost another 10 along the way and have successfully kept them off while completely weaning myself from tracking since last October. I still measure some foods, such as cereal and try hard to make healthy choices...I am always mindful and try to balance my eating and exercise. I weigh at home weekly and make adjustments as I need to if I see an upward trend. I go to Weight Watcher's once a month for my official weigh-in and that keeps me accountable.

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ZUCCHINIQUEEN's Photo ZUCCHINIQUEEN Posts: 7,584
7/10/08 9:25 A

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I've been tracking my food for almost 5 years. I know I will have to do this the rest of my life to keep my food intake in line. I guess I don't think of it as a "diet" any more, just as a new way of life. It's just what I have to do to maintain this weight. I need to keep food intake always in my thoughts, and this is the way I do it. If I were to stop, I would no longer feel accountable for what I ate. It works for me, but that by no means indicates that it is what everybody else should do.

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7/10/08 7:48 A

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I see that many maintainers still track their food. I have come to the realization that this is something I will probably have to do for the rest of my life, as I tend to underestimate portions and eat way too much (healthy food, but still too much).

But I'm wondering if as long as I have to track food if I will still feel like I'm "dieting".

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7/10/08 5:45 A

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Maintaining is at the least just as difficult as losing if not harder sometimes. When I reached my goal and stayed there for a few weeks, I upped my calorie intake by 100 calories per every 2 weeks to see how that worked for me. I do fluctuate between 3 pounds over to 2 under most of the time, so you may just want to play around with your calorie intake to see how that works.

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7/10/08 5:16 A

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Here are some sites that might help within SP:

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/well
ness_articles.asp?id=1063
http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/well
ness_articles.asp?id=1065
http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/well
ness_articles.asp?id=1066
http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/well
ness_articles.asp?id=488
http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/well
ness_articles.asp?id=497
http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/well
ness_articles.asp?id=533

I'm at the same stage you are at and am having the same difficulty. I am beginning to think that it is because I am afraid to leave the diet mode in case I once again start putting the weight on, that's why I am staying with Sparks as I find it makes me accountable. Hope this helps and all the best.
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7/10/08 1:45 A

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This is the new challenge: turn it into a lifestyle, not a diet! not easy, I know. I've been 'maintaining' at 10 lb. over goal, now going after that last ten again, and hope to keep it off. There are lots of good articles on the site, that should help you in maintaining -- best to you, let us know what works for you!

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7/9/08 11:35 P

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I reached the weight I set as my goal ( 176 ) about I year ago. I went crazy from being on a "diet", writng my daily food intake and trying to work out between 90 to 120 minutes each day. Its worth it but "being on a diet for almost 2 years get tiring". I had a personal trainer that made substitute bad choices with good ones. For example with bread I now eat "Ezeikals- low sodium semame" bread real delicious but $ 5.00 a loaf! Needless to say at that price, I don't pig-out on it! I also go between 176 to 183 lbs which is a whole lot better than 198 to 220. I wish I wasn't a compulsive eater but I am....In closing, maintenance is a whole lot better than having to start all over again. Take care and be well!!!!

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7/9/08 11:16 P

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Hello,
My husband and I joined SP in January and have lost a comibned total of 90 pounds. We both hit maintenance about a month ago and have still been logging in daily to keep up with our calories.
I really need some help here. The big problem is....I know how to lose weight. I've lost hundreds of pounds over the last twenty years....only to gain it back once I "quit dieting".
My goal is to be this weight on January 17...one year to the day we registered on SP.
Both of us have been having difficulty getting our maintenance calories and have continued to lose even though we are supposed to be maintaining. (My husband has lost 5 more pounds and I fluxuate between 3-5 pounds below goal) I know this sounds strange, but I seem to have trouble just eating "normally" and not "dieting" so.....I am here to read y'alls suggestions and find some maintenance support.


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