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I was really scared of maintenance, too, because I had gained back my weight so many times. But this time I continued tracking and setting fitness goals. It worked! I CAN maintain my weight!! You can, too.
Central Florida, Eastern Standard Time Zone
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Hi and Welcome.
"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them -- every day begin the task anew."
Saint Francis de Sales
to the Team!
Don't let it scare you... I use it to better tone myself.
to the team! Just like everyone has said, it's using those good disciplines you've already learned and applied to weight loss that will help you maintain your New You. I've been maintaining for a little over eight months now and I'm determined to enjoy the good health I love because of my weight loss.
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Don't be afraid! Fear will not help you.
You lost better than 150 lbs - so you know you can live on the amount of calories you have been eating for better than a year?
Relax, anything you lose - you can maintain. It's all about the numbers and finding the right amount to stay at your chosen weight.
You can do it - the SP Nutrition Tracker will help!
WTG on such a tremendous achievement!
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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!
Kari, congrats on your loss! I have been at goal for most of 40 years now.
The reason that slooow, healthy weight loss is so good is that it gives you the template for maintaining, because the Maintenance diet isn't all that different from the Weight Loss diet. Just a few calories extra each day or week. If you have a foundation of good habits like tracking and activity, just keep it up. Your food diary (electronic or paper) is your roadmap for maintaining. Hug it to your bosom!
The biggest difference is motivation. You will no longer have the thrill of a drop in numbers on a scale to cheer you on, so it has to be more internal, and more relying on those of us who plug along, one day at a time. Or rather 3 meals at a time.
Like Barb said, it is far far easier to eat an extra 2000 cals than 100-200 every day. If you learned to love the food you are eating now, you will have a comfortable, reliable maintenance.
And as always, nothing tastes as good as thin feels!
Keep up the great work!!
No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.
Original Goal: 114. Current old lady goal: 106.
and congrats on your weight loss!
"Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food."
Romans 14:20a (NIV)
First of all, congratulations on where you are. That is probably a big motivator in itself!
I have been on maintenance for a couple of years, and I think the advice someone said earlier: if you see a gain, take care of it right away!
Also said, but good advice, is to keep tracking your food and keep moving.
Best to you!
--Anne from Idaho
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I sense a kindred spirit... I joined this team when I was still a few pounds above my goal range (early last year), because I, too, was terrified of failing the key phase known as maintenance. After all... I had regained so many times in the past!
This is a great team to help keep that motivation when the scale isn't supposed to be moving as much! We still need those cheers!
Pretty much maintenance is the same as any other phase... you still track. You still stay active. You just have to change your goals and motivation in subtle ways. And yes, you do up your calorie range a bit... and monitor closely.
Let me tell you, adding 100 - 500 calories a day is HARDER than adding 3,000!
So, to your future. Glad to have you here.
Defeat is temporary: giving up makes it permanent! Never give up!
Max lifetime weight 224.5
Maintaining with 122 marked as "goal" since October 2010
Continue to track your food. Add only one or 2 points and see what happens. I think it may be easier than you imagine, but I can remember when I was where you are now. I have been maintaining for 7 years. There will be slip-ups. Resolve to correct them by getting right back on program after you gain a couple of pounds, and not let it get to be a big amount of gain. Good luck!
Hi! My name is Kari and I am 23 pounds away from a healthy weight. The thought of maintenance terrifies me and I am trying to get a jump start on preparing for maintenance. I look forward to learning from all of you experts.