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NEW_CHAPTER
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9/6/08 11:57 A

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I'm new to this thread, but I too, am having trouble switching to maintenance. I am fine with losing, but staying constant still mentally feels like a plateau. On an intellectual level, I know if I lose much more, that I'll start to look shrivelled - not the point of weight loss LOL! I think I need to substitute a new goal and stop focusing so much on the scale.

“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Being willing is not enough, we must do.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci




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8/29/08 3:12 A

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I vary betwee 1600 and the occasional 1900 so probably average about 1750, but I'm still in the learning stages of maintenance.

Sandy



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Saint Francis de Sales


 
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LEELYNN2
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8/27/08 10:51 P

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1800-2000 calories a day while expending an average of 2000 calories a week.

"Motivation is not something you find or lose, have or don't have. It is the product of how you see yourself in the world: active or passive, effective or ineffective, powerful or victimized, normal or pathological."
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SOPHIEGIRL517
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8/27/08 10:24 P

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Thank you all for your feedback!
I know Spark tells me I should be eating between 1500 - 1890 to maintain, which i find it sooooo hard to do. Believe me, I love to eat, but still afraid to go over 1500 regularly and I burn about 1500-2000 calories a week with running 4-5Xs a week depending on my work schedule.

On average, how many calories do you all try and maintain without gaining?



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YOU define who you are!
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8/26/08 8:38 P

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I totally understand the lack of satisfaction with not seeing the scale move. I need to "get off the diet" I still feel a little disappointed when I weigh in and its the same, yet...isn't that what I am supposed to be learning how to do? I wonder sometimes if I Yo-Yo because I like dieting so much LOL!
Anyway, welcome and we look forward to hearing from you!

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8/24/08 12:37 P

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I've also experienced the challenges of maintaining...I wouldn't say it's "harder", just "different". I need to keep my healthy lifestyle in mind, which is new for me but considering that "tuning out" on my body's needs was how I gained the weight, I guess it means that the weight-loss journey taught me something.

I'm still on a journey, though! After over a year in maintenance, I am still discovering things about myself and my body...all the work and attention are worth that joy of discovery. Congratulations on your success and good luck to you on your ongoing journey!

A ship in the harbor is safe. But that's not what ships are built for.

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8/23/08 3:39 P

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This is a wonderful thread. I'm having these same issues on and off. I'm working hard to change my mindset to body composition rather than weight loss. It was easier to lose weight than to maintain; even though I've successfully kept the weight off for nearly a year, I have to consistently think hard about what I am doing with my cardio, resistance training, and nutrition, so as to maintain/increase muscle and chip away at a few additional percentage points of body fat.

It isn't that I mind: it's rather fun to have more to learn every day!

Isn't it funny that so much energy is put into new fad diets etc, and so little is put into ways to help people maintain? SP is one of the few internet sites that offers much support in this area, as best I can tell.



1/07 Decided ENOUGH is ENOUGH (SW 180)
2/07 Found SP
8/31/07 Maintain 129-132
4/01/08 Maintain 126-129

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8/18/08 7:48 P

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I had a friend once that posted on a quote board (she had an admitted bulimia problem)a quote that I loved and I think about often. "Take up space." That was it, for some reason it seems profound to me.

"Motivation is not something you find or lose, have or don't have. It is the product of how you see yourself in the world: active or passive, effective or ineffective, powerful or victimized, normal or pathological."
Coach Dean

"I hold this jagged stone in my chest of keepsakes" AUNTMOUSE


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SOPHIEGIRL517
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8/17/08 8:23 P

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Thank you so much, everyone for welcoming me and taking the time to respond to my concerns, as well as all of your kind words!!
You have all said such great things.
I hope it comes more naturally for me soon. I tend to have a bit of a obsessive/compulsive personality, and weight loss has been my focus for sooo long. It is definitely the psychological part that I am having trouble dealing with more than the physical stuff. I am really enjoying the healthy lifestyle.
I hope to become more "lax" with it soon.
I drive the family crazy (and I live alone, so imagine if i didn't).
I plan on frequenting this forum often in hopes to really get a handle on the whole thing.

Thanks again!

Lisa



Weight does not define who you are...
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So, just be you, because you are AWESOME!


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8/17/08 5:24 P

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Hi and welcome Lisa. Congratulations on the weight loss. It is a big transition from losing to maintaining. I know what you mean about tinkering with your goal weight because you keep losing a little more. I had to recognise what a healthy weight was for me and what felt good, then I had to recognise that for some reason losing weight was easier than maintaining. For me it is a psychological thing, I don't mind the strictness of losing but when it comes to maintaining I do find it more difficult. I know it is a lifestyle thing but I have to admit that, well, I give in to temptation. The marvellous thing about Sparks is that I have learnt that falling once in a while is okay, just recognise that tomorrow is another day. The great thing is that relaxing a little once in a while does not destroy what has been achieved. It is only when we let go of the healthy lifestyle that we lose what we have gained.
I am so grateful that you posted because it has been great to see how others handle this. All the very best.

Sandy



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Saint Francis de Sales


 
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8/17/08 3:59 P

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Hi and welcome to the team! I think maintaining is harder than losing it in the first place. I think we all struggle with it, but I've learned to play around with my calories and exercising so I can pretty much stay close to the same area. I, like some others gave myself a 5 pound dickering area so I'm happy as long as I stay between 125 and 130. It takes some time to adjust to the new way of doing things, but you'll get it. Good luck!

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ANGELBELIEVER
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8/17/08 3:16 P

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Lisa, Congratulations on the weight loss. I have set a 5 pound comfort range for myself so I am not so stressed out about maintaining 115. So far I range between 115 and 118.4, so I'm ok with that. I'm adding more calories a little bit at a time. I may eat more one day, and watch it more closely the next 2 and so on. That way I don't drive myself crazy. Good luck and stay in touch.

Elayne from
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8/17/08 1:04 P

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i totally understand where you are coming from lisa, i am pretty close to my goal and i know that i need to start adding more calories but i don't think i am ready to. i also have that "guilty" feeling on the days i am eating at the higher end of my range. i think its because so much of our lives have been dedicated to this journey and the pressure to keep it off is overwhelming. good luck in maintenance

Amy ; )

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8/17/08 11:14 A

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Welcome to the team! Maintenance IS tough. I think the mental/emotional part of it is the biggest part of the battle. It helps to think of what we are doing as a LIFEstyle, not DIEting.

Kara

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Wow, I was looking at your spark page and you have done an amazing job at weight loss!! Way to go!! It is hard to switch mindset from losing to maintaining. Just keep the thoughts of healthy foods in moderation and slowly start adding in more calories into your diet. If you have to, start small by adding 50 extra calories in then after that progress upward to your maintenance range. You don't want to lose too much! Myself, I switched out of maintenance range to lose 5 more pounds and will be happy to be back again in maintenance range. Just remember that food and calories are our bodies friends!! You have done a spectacular job!!

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SOPHIEGIRL517
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8/17/08 9:22 A

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Hi All,
I just joined this team because I am beginning to think I have bigger issues with weight loss than I thought or care to admit.
I don't know how to just "maintain my weight".
I keep losing because I don't get that feeling of satisfaction when the scale goes down, no matter what the number is and I keep changing my goal to a lower goal.
I have been dieting since I am 10 years old, and for the first time, I am actually at a weight that I am proud of. BUT, for some reason, it is never good enough. I still get the feelings of guilt if I go over 1500 calories, and I exercise regularly, so I can eat at high as 1880 to maintain.
Soo..needless to say, I am here for support and to know that I am not alone.
Thanks for reading!

PS..that typo in my subject line is really bugging me, lol.

Edited by: SOPHIEGIRL517 at: 8/17/2008 (09:23)
Weight does not define who you are...
YOU define who you are!
So, just be you, because you are AWESOME!


 
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