I would definitely continue to track your foods but bump up the strength training. This will ensure you have the muscle needed for the job. Note that more muscle will increase your daily burn so you might need to increase food to maintain muscle tone.
I think we are agreeing here ... You need to decide a calorie range and fitness schedule that you can/will stick to and then see where you level off. Build the habits you can say are life-long, and then keep on doing those healthy things! You can do this, and we're living proof! Congrats on your success thus far, and God Bless You on your Life-long Journey to Health!
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This is a question we all have to face when we reach this point. The ten pound range is not too bad if you put your goal weight at the middle of the range, not at the bottom. You may find that you continue to lose a little while you are adjusting your nutrition for maintenance. Many of us find this. Good luck on this lifestyle journey. Congratulations on your success and welcome to the team.
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I've been in your shoes. I reached my original goal weight, adjusted it down 5 pounds, reached that, but wondered...
I eventually decided that there isn't really a "magic" number on the scale for me. But there is a calorie level I'm comfortable with, eating consistently. I think that's what finally did it for me. I had a range of eating and activity I was comfortable with and I let my body settle in to where that would put me. The scale continued to slowly drift down for several months, before settling in a home range.
And here I am today, maintaining! Amazing. I've never really done that before... lost, regained, lost, regained, but maintained? Hah!
Here's to you figuring out what will work for you. You already know some things in the equation: you know you want to maintain strength. You need high quality calories and the right strength training to do that. Do that, maintain the habits that got you here, and the scale will do what the scale will do.
Congrats and good luck in the maintenance of health and happiness!
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Max lifetime weight 224.5
Maintaining with 122 marked as "goal" since October 2010
current weight: -3.1 under
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Hi, I am at a place in my weight loss, I think I am ready to maintain. But I am still at the end of my weight loss journey and cannot decide if I should go for a little more weight loss. I am occasionally thinking that I could lose a little more weight and be even better. But my BMI is around 21, I am thinking a BMI of 20 would be good.
Twelve years ago I lost 80 lbs and mostly maintained that weight loss, through 2 pregnancies, which I was very proud of. Then more recently I allowed a little weight gain. And my weight loss previously was not as low as I could be. Now I am a even healthier BMI and happier with my fitness level. This time I have added some actual exercise. I am more fit than I really have ever been. I still do not love exercising, but see it as a necessary evil and I do feel better after I do it.
How do you decide where to stop, when is it enough. That is the difficult part. My job requires strength, I don't want to lose muscle. But I want to know the magic number. I previously gave my self a 10 lb range I would go up and down in. I am thinking now that is a little too large a range. I am now thinking less. I am weighing myself daily and watching the trend. I am thinking about what I have going on and eating more salads on days when I know we are going out for supper. I am also making healthier choices when we go out. Sorry for the rambling, but the numbers are bothering me. I don't know where the magic number is, or even if I can figure it out, maybe I just need to accept where I am and maintain from here.
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