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10/6/08 3:30 P

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Lady-if you are going to try to increase calories just do a little at a time (100). If you exercise less your body will need less calories. Again I would just decrease exercise a little at a time. It can take a long time to figure out a good mix. I am still working on it too. lol

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10/6/08 2:15 P

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No help? No reply?

Well, it may be that my metabolism is so sensitive that even 500 calories -- heck, sometimes even my upper range of calories -- can cause a weight gain.

I have very stubborn fat.

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10/4/08 7:29 A

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I was stuck between 130-135 for nearly 2 years after having lost 45 (50) lbs. Then I lost the last 10-15lb from the beginning of May to the beginning of July.

I start to gain if I eat more than 500 calories than I usually do. I haven't tried to decrease my exercise - yet.
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10/3/08 11:40 P

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LADY_DONKEY - How quickly were you losing weight just before you hit goal? And how much of an increase in calories/decrease in exercise does it take for you to see a gain?

I am a MARATHONER!!!
Tacoma City Marathon (3 May 09) - 3:49:13
... and I'm BOSTON BOUND!!!!
Capital City Marathon (16 May 10) - 3:36:52

...and instead of running Boston, I had a kid! And then 2.5 years later I had another one.
BUT, I've never stopped running or racing!

One of these days, I'll re-qualify for Boston. And tackle Goofy's Race and a Half. Maybe an ultra. Or a half Ironman...

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10/3/08 5:09 P

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I am kind of confused too. I find that when I eat more, I start gaining weight. I do about 100 min of cardio a day, and then 20-30 min of weight training 5x a week (split routine). I also gain if I decrease my exercise.

So must I always be at the dieting level of calories just to maintain? Or exercising so much just to maintain?

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10/3/08 11:12 A

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ZELLAZM is completely right that if you LIKE doing that much exercise, continuing to do so is wonderful! I assumed that you were hoping to be able to cut back on exercise based on the wording of your normal post.

To be warned, though, if you choose to keep doing that much exercise, you'll be eating a LOT of food. I'm marathon training right now and I eat far more food now than I did before I joined Spark. It's just healthier AND I'm using it all to fuel my long runs.

I am a MARATHONER!!!
Tacoma City Marathon (3 May 09) - 3:49:13
... and I'm BOSTON BOUND!!!!
Capital City Marathon (16 May 10) - 3:36:52

...and instead of running Boston, I had a kid! And then 2.5 years later I had another one.
BUT, I've never stopped running or racing!

One of these days, I'll re-qualify for Boston. And tackle Goofy's Race and a Half. Maybe an ultra. Or a half Ironman...

Maintaining, healthily pregnant, or healthily breastfeeding since


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10/3/08 11:08 A

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10/3/08 6:50 A

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Hi, Elb and welcome to the wonderful world of maintenance! It is different than the losing lifestyle, but most people would say it's just as much work.

My question for you would be, Do you LIKE doing all that exercise? If it's fun for you and you have the time, there's no reason to slow it down. But you should be prepared to up your calorie intake gradually. You can do that by increasing portion size of the good foods you're already eating or perhaps adding an extra snack each day. Things like nuts and dried fruits are a good way to increase calories while also adding good energy sources for exercise.

The other suggestion I would have is to set some new fitness and health goals for yourself. For me, that was running a 7-K race last May.

Have fun maintaining and welcome to the team!

Blessings, Michelle

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Rom 8:37 "...in all these things we are more than conquerors through Christ who loved us."

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10/3/08 3:28 A

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Hi and welcome, you are going through what many of us experience when we reach our goal weight. I agree with all the advice, just add a few extra calories gradually and weigh yourself once a week to make sure you are still on target. You'll probably lose a little more but most of us don't mind that. All the best

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10/3/08 2:36 A

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Hi and welcome to the team! You'll do fine, you just need to take your time to adjust.

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10/2/08 11:43 P

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Thanks Guys! i know its going to take time to get used to eating more and working out less. at the moment it is just out of my comfort zone..
but i am willing to work at it!

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10/2/08 11:26 P

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emoticon I agree with BRAVE_NEW_ME, you need to gradually increase calorie intake at the same time slowly cut down the exercise. I would start with cutting some cardio. Your goal is to make your body understand that you want to stay where you are on the scale. That is why both needs to be gradual.
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10/2/08 11:23 P

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Hi Elb ... emoticon to maintenance. I'm pretty new at maintenance stuff this myself so I'm not ready to give advice on the subject, but did want to say hi and welcome.

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10/2/08 10:29 P

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It's time to start slowly increasing your calories (and perhaps cutting back on you're exercise, if you're doing more than you want to do in the long run) until you find a point where you maintain.

A good goal to aim for is 100 calories more for each day this week. Then another 100 more the next week. And so forth. Entering in your new information, setting your goal weight equal to your current weight and the date at least 6 months away, you should be able to at least get an idea of what your maintenance range will look like.

There are some great articles in the Maintaining Your New Weight Lifestyle Center to help you set new nutrition, fitness, and personal goals. You might want to check it out!

And welcome to life as a maintainer! =D

I am a MARATHONER!!!
Tacoma City Marathon (3 May 09) - 3:49:13
... and I'm BOSTON BOUND!!!!
Capital City Marathon (16 May 10) - 3:36:52

...and instead of running Boston, I had a kid! And then 2.5 years later I had another one.
BUT, I've never stopped running or racing!

One of these days, I'll re-qualify for Boston. And tackle Goofy's Race and a Half. Maybe an ultra. Or a half Ironman...

Maintaining, healthily pregnant, or healthily breastfeeding since


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ELB.AMAZING Posts: 3
10/2/08 9:06 P

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Hi everyone!

I am to be at my goal weight but I just dont know what to do now, I still workout and eat like I am loosing, and I am afraid that if i change what I am doing that I will gain everything back.

I used to work out for almost 4 hours a day.. ( i know its a lot)
and 2 hours would be devoted to Cardio, and now i dont know how to cut back.
without thinking i am going to throw all my hard work away.

Any tips and suggestions are greatly appreciated!!




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