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LORIELP's Photo LORIELP Posts: 2,120
6/22/10 4:53 P

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Found a fabulous book called Thin for Life by Anne M. Fletcher. The book full of great advice from findings of the National Weight Control Resistry. I found it on Amazon.com Lorraine

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6/22/10 12:37 P

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I'm new to maintaining as well. I'm finding the slow addition of calories is working for me.

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6/20/10 6:40 P

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Yay for you!!!!*high five* Congrats!!! emoticon emoticon

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6/20/10 6:06 P

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Congratulations on reaching your goal. It's a fantastic achievement.

Welcome to the team that everyone wants to join and stay in!

Others have given good advice. Keep being vigilant.

I still track food and activity and find that being active in the Spark community helps to keep me focused.

Good luck with the next exciting phase.

Start weight - over 166 lb

Reached goal weight in September 2009

Current maintenance range - 120-123 lb


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6/18/10 10:20 P

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emoticon emoticon emoticon Congrats on reaching goal.

You done the easy part of the challenge. The real lessons, learning and hardest journey it learning to maintain. Just remember you have the foundation learned really well. That will keep you on the right road. Learn along the way and discover what works for you. You can do like everyone else here. Just never lose faith, determination and a good sense of humor. Above all love the new you! It feels wonderful.

Be flexible, be yourself and forgive yourself often.

Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you cannot do.


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6/18/10 7:35 P

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Welcome to the At Goal and Maintaining Team!! Congrats on your weight loss and achieving your goal. I still track my food and exercise even though I achieved a normal BMI 15 months ago.

After I hit my weight goal, I upped my fitness goals. I'm in much better shape today and feel so much better.

Again, welcome!

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Marsha's Keys to Success = Tracking! Super Foods! Step Up Cardio! And most important: Quit Quitting!!


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6/18/10 3:17 P

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I did not increase my calories. Mainly because I didn't know I was supposed to and sometimes it's hard to hit my low end as it is, let alone increase the low end!





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6/18/10 2:39 P
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Congrats on hitting your goal weight!! I never doubted you could do it!!

Slowly up your calories 100 per day - hold for maybe a week and then up another 100. Really, it all depends on how many calories you will be burning daily.

If you could lose this weight - you can maintain it!
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I went from 210-120 in 16 months with SparkPeople!
In Maintenance since 8/11/09!! (backslid without internet but still within normal range!)

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I didn't "make it happen" the first time, I "made it happen" the last time!



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6/18/10 1:50 P

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Congratulations on meeting your goal and welcome to a team of people in the same boat as yourself- maintainers! I've maintained for a number of years now, but I attribute that to daily exersize 5 days a week and eating healthy MOSt of the time. I stay very active, and so slipping off to eat chicken wings or pizza sometimes doesn't affect my weight at all. So that's my advice: stay active! Keep your metabolism in full force and going strong...and always use this website and our team for motivation! Congrats again.

Currently maintaining 120 to 125 pounds for nearly a year!


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6/18/10 12:04 P

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I have been on maintaining for five years with one lapse when I broke a leg and added about 15 lbs. back. But I got rid of them without worrying about how long it took me. What helped get my back on track was using the nutrition and fitness tracker. I still use both to keep a sense of control in my life.

Lost 65 lbs and maintained since 2006.


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SILVEROPERA1 Posts: 255
6/18/10 11:46 A

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Great advice everyone! I am going to do a lot of this! Since I always ate at the bottom of my range (between 1200 & 1300), I am trying to eat closer to 1350-1400 this week. Then, I am going to see how I feel, and either stay there for another week, or try to up the calories to 1450-1510 (1510 is the bottom of my new range which feels wonderful but daunting)!

Keep the great tips coming!!!

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6/18/10 11:25 A

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Welcome and congrats! My favorite thing to tell people is to not change too much at first. :-)

Reached my goal November 2009!

Weight Watchers worked for me and now I work for Weight Watchers.

It is a life style, not a life sentence.


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6/18/10 11:08 A

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Congrats on reaching your goal weight. I know exactly how you are feeling about maintenance. I have been on weight loss mode most of my life. I have to track or I get off track. I don't usually track on the weekends, but still am careful what I eat. I am pretty strict during the week, though, to make up for eating more on the weekends. It might not work for everyone, but it works for me.

I also burn off close to 3000 calories a week working out, not to mention I have muscles that burn more to maintain, and that revved up metabolism from exercise.

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Persevere. Even if you fall on your face, you have moved forward.

PROGRESS, NOT PERFECTION.


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6/18/10 10:51 A

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Congratulations!

Here's another thought: suddenly upping your calories can be a shock to your system, so try alternating days in your "weight loss" diet mode with days in your maintenance mode. Ideally, you'll find you're really hungry on your "weight loss" days, so you'll slowly increase your "maintenance" days from 1-2 days a week up to a full 7. The other good thing about that method is that it helps teach you to listen to your body, so that you can eventually wean yourself off of daily tracking, too. But I agree, since you're brand new to maintenance, track, track, track!

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6/18/10 10:18 A

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SILVEROPERA1 Posts: 255
6/18/10 9:14 A

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Thanks Skeeter! I appreciate the advice. I definitely plan on tracking for at LEAST a year to make sure that I am able to control myself. I think I am like you, and I like having SP to keep me honest ;)

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6/18/10 8:47 A

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A BIG CONGRATULATION to the Laura, you have joined a very elite group of people.
I have been on maintenance for 2+ years, it.s constant monitoring for me, I tried not counting and tracking calories but it didn't work for me. I enjoy and need the constant support I get from Sparks.
Much good luck, it WILL work!
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SILVEROPERA1 Posts: 255
6/18/10 8:24 A

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Hi everyone!

I hit my goal weight today! I am so proud of myself, but am nervous about going into maintenance. I have been eating at a "weight loss" range for so long now that I feel weird about upping my calories.

I know you all must be tired of hearing this from every new person who has hit their goal weight, but any advice or tips on how to maintain is much appreciated!

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